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2016 Sunday Parkways dates announced

5 opportunities to take to the streets in fine Portland fashion

(February 17, 2016) Portland Sunday Parkways and presenting sponsor Kaiser Permanente have announced the 2016 dates for these signature family-friendly events. Portland Sunday Parkways are all about opening streets and connecting neighborhoods for Portlanders of all ages to bike, walk, run, roll, and enjoy healthy activities right in their own communities.  

Sunday Parkways routes showcase low-traffic streets called ‘neighborhood greenways’ that people can enjoy all year long for their own bicycling and walking trips. Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick said Sunday Parkways “connects our neighborhoods and inspires people to try biking and walking for fun, health and transportation. After trying Sunday Parkways, Portlanders often add biking and walking to their daily lives.”

This year, a new route includes a foray into the growing City of Milwaukie and introduces participants to the biking and walking paths on the new Sellwood Bridge. “Sunday Parkways is a unique event for folks to discover and explore a neighborhood in the more intimate way that walking and biking allows,” said Milwaukie Mayor Mark Gamba. “Milwaukie is excited to welcome people from across the metro region to come explore our cool little city and some of what it has to offer.”

The dates and locations for Sunday Parkways 2016:

East Portland - May 15, 11am to 4pm (7 miles)

North Portland - June 26, 11am to 4pm (9.5 miles)

Northeast Portland - July 24, 11am to 4pm (8 miles)

Southeast Portland – August 21, 11am to 4pm (7 miles)

Sellwood/Milwaukie – October 2, 11am to 4pm (8 miles)

Be sure to get all these dates on your calendar and go to www.portlandsundayparkways.org for all the details. You can also "like" Sunday Parkways on Facebook and follow Sunday Parkways on Twitter.

Bienvenidos a Portland Sunday Parkways -http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/66956.

Top three reasons you should attend the February Fix-It Fair

Free lunch and childcare, basic bike repair, classes offered in Spanish!

(February 18, 2016) The final Fix-It Fair of the season happens Saturday, February 20 from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm at George Middle School, 10000 N Burr Ave. These free events, brought to you by the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS), offer you the opportunity to connect with your neighbors and talk to the experts on a range of topics including health and nutrition, water and energy savings, emergency preparedness, gardening and composting, and even active transportation and safety.

volunteer repairing bikeThere are many great reasons to attend a Fix-It Fair, but these are our top three:

Reason no. 1: Fix-It Fairs always offer a free healthy lunch for participants, and free on-site professional childcare is provided.

Reason no. 2: Bikes for Humanity will volunteer their time to provide as many minor bike fixes as possible during the day. Please deliver your bike for repair before 2:00 pm so volunteer mechanics have plenty of time to complete their work before the fair ends at 3:00 pm. Bikes for Humanity will also offer a Flat Tire and Chain Repair workshop at 10:00 am.

Reason no. 3: This fair will also offer a series of workshops in Spanish. Please help spread the word to your Spanish speaking family, friends and neighbors.

volunteers repairing bikeAdditionally, this event will host the popular Repair Café, and PBOT Active Transportation and Safety staff and volunteers will be on hand to provide maps, resources and tips on getting around Portland safely and actively. For more information on the Fix-It Fairs, check out BPS’s website or download the brochure (pdf) for the upcoming event.

Traffic Advisory: Street improvements on SE 17th Avenue from SE Miller Street to SE Lambert Street on February 20

(February 18, 2016)  – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on SE 17th Avenue from SE Miller Street to SE Lambert Street on Saturday, February 20 from 7 a.m. through 5 p.m.

Crews had previously removed the street’s old, deteriorated asphalt. These lane closures will allow crews to put down new asphalt and significantly extend the life of the street. 

Lane closures are only in effect during project hours. Access will be maintained for businesses and residents during the project.

The traveling public is advised to expect delays while repairs are being made. We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all lane closures and directions by reader boards and flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.

This work is weather-dependent and the schedule may change.

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The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is the steward of the City’s transportation system, and a community partner in shaping a livable city. We plan, build, manage and maintain an effective and safe transportation system that provides access and mobility. www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation

News Release: BIKETOWN Website is Live

BIKETOWN Website is Live 

Bike share program will launch this summer with 1000 bikes 

People can sign-up for email updates to track the progress of the program and get early notice when membership sign-ups open

 

(February 29, 2016) - Following the January announcement of the partnership with Nike to launch BIKETOWN, the Portland Bureau of Transportation and Motivate, the operator of BIKETOWN, announced that BIKETOWNpdx.com, the BIKETOWN website, and social media channels are live.

As another step toward the launch of the bike share system, the BIKETOWN website, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram feeds will provide Portlanders and visitors with important program information about BIKETOWN and an easy way to connect with the new program and follow its progress. People who sign up for program updates via any of the BIKETOWN channels will be the first to know when BIKETOWN memberships go on sale later this year.

The BIKETOWN website also contains information about PBOT’s upcoming open houses where the public is invited to learn more about bike share and weigh in on BIKETOWN's proposed station locations.

Later this year people will be able to sign up for memberships on the BIKETOWN website and the site will also host a real-time map showing the locations of the BIKETOWN bikes and stations once the program launches.

Find out more about BIKETOWN and follow the program’s progress towards launch this July at:

www.BIKETOWNpdx.com

www.facebook.com/BIKETOWNpdx

www.twitter.com/BIKETOWNpdx

www.instagram.com/BIKETOWNpdx

 

About BIKETOWN: BIKETOWN is Portland’s bike share system, launching in July 2016 with 1000 bikes available to ride from one point to another for a small fee. A partnership between the Portland Bureau of Transportation and Nike, the program will use innovative new “smart bikes” which will make it easy to find, rent and park a BIKETOWN bike. BIKETOWN is designed to be affordable and accessible, encouraging even more Portlanders to ride and allowing visitors to experience the city by bike. Portland joins over 60 US cities over 60 US cities, including New York, Chicago, Washington DC, San Antonio, Indianapolis, Boise and Austin and 500 cities worldwide that have popular, safe and successful bike share systems.

About Motivate: Motivate is a global leader in bike share. A full-service bike share operator and technology innovator, Motivate works to re-envision how people experience and move around cities.  Motivate currently manages all of the largest bike share systems in the United States and many of the largest systems in the world, including Bay Area Bike Share (California Bay Area), Citi Bike (New York and Jersey City), Divvy (Chicago), CoGo Bike Share (Columbus, Ohio), Capital Bike Share (Washington, D.C.; Arlington and Alexandria, Va.; and Montgomery County, Md.), Hubway (Boston, Somerville, Cambridge and Brookline, Mass.), Pronto (Seattle), Bike Chattanooga (Tenn.), Bike Share Toronto and Melbourne Bike Share in Australia as well as Bay Area Bike Share. Motivate will add thousands of bikes to its current systems and launch a new bike share system in Portland, Oregon in 2016.  

About PBOT: The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is the steward of the City’s transportation system, and a community partner in shaping a livable city. We plan, build, manage and maintain an effective and safe transportation system that provides access and mobility.www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation. To learn more about PBOT’s efforts to encourage bicycle use and make safer routes for bicycling, see the bureau’s Active Transportation web site.

About Nike: Nike believes in the power of sport and physical activity to help strengthen communities. As a longtime partner with the City of Portland, BIKETOWN highlights the company’s commitment to make Portland even more active, vibrant and innovative. As the title sponsor of BIKETOWN, Nike designed the innovative visual identity for the program’s standard bike which will be the highly identifiable orange that is synonymous with Nike. In addition, Nike oversees the design and branding of the system’s logo, stations and physical presence, as well as a select number of limited edition bike wrap designs. 

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Traffic Advisory: Storm sewer cleaning to close southbound Interstate Ave. March 2 near Rose Quarter

(March 1, 2016) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that an urgent storm sewer cleaning and investigation will require southbound Interstate Avenue to be closed between N Tillamook and N Thunderbird Way from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2.

Northbound travel will not be affected. Southbound motor vehicle and bicycle traffic will be detoured to the Broadway Bridge ramp, then to Larabee Ave., rejoining N Interstate Ave, south of Broadway.

The work is required to fix what appears to be a collapsed storm sewer main in the area.

This work is weather-dependent and the schedule may change.

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The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is the steward of the City’s transportation system, and a community partner in shaping a livable city. We plan, build, manage and maintain an effective and safe transportation system that provides access and mobility. www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation