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Portland to host International Open Streets Summit in August - Save the date!

Summit organizers are actively seeking presentation proposals for the three day event.

(March 3, 2016) If you want to learn the latest on Open Streets, be sure to mark your calendar for the 2016 International Open Streets Summit to be held August 18-21 at Portland State University (PSU). In the past five years, Open Streets have gone from a novel idea to accepted practice in communities looking to improve walking and biking and activate public space.

Open Streets are prograOpen Streets Summit save the date postcardms where the streets are opened to people and closed to cars. People traffic replaces car traffic, and the streets become “paved parks” where people of all ages, abilities, and social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds can come out and improve their health. Open Streets events are helping us reimagine the way we use our streets.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) and Sunday Parkways are teaming up with The Street Plans Collaborative, the Open Streets Project, 8-80 Cities, PSU’s Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC) and the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation to host this three day summit. Along with the presentations, hands-on sessions and networking opportunities for participants from a variety of backgrounds, everyone will have a chance to wrap up the weekend by taking part in the Portland Sunday Parkways event on August 21.

Summit organizers are now seeking proposals for presentations for case studies, workshops, panel discussions, and hands-on sessions for thSunday Parkways Open Streets projecte 2016 International Open Streets Summit in a variety of themes including; Inspiring Community Resilience – Health/Physical Activity, Building a Movement – Practitioners/Technicians, Making the Case – Policymakers/Researchers, and Open Streets and Tactical Urbanism: Complementary approaches to reimagining our streets.

The Call for Presentations will remain open until Friday, April 15 at 6:00 pm, Pacific Time. Click here to download a pdf version of the Call for Presentations which includes information about the various tracks as well as guidelines. Click here to submit your online application.

Traffic Advisory: Street improvements on SE Holgate Boulevard: SE McLoughlin Boulevard to SE 15th Avenue, March 8-11

(March 4, 2016) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on SE Holgate Boulevard from SE McLoughlin Boulevard to SE 15th Avenue starting Tuesday, March 8, through Friday, March 11, from 7 a.m. through as late as 5 p.m. each work day.

The lane closures will allow crews to grind .66 lane miles of pavement in preparation for paving at a later date.

PBOT street improvement crews work through the winter, adjusting tasks based on weather conditions. Crews will grind down old asphalt and prepare street surfaces for paving even in cold and rainy conditions. They will return to complete paving during a window of dry weather.

Streets with ground down surfaces are open for travel. Lane closures are only in effect during project hours. Access will be maintained for businesses and residents during the project.

The public is advised to expect delays and consider using alternate routes if possible. Work hours likely will not affect evening rush hour, though morning peak hours may be affected. People riding bicycles should avoid the work zone, and either use alternate routes, open travel lanes or sidewalks.

We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all lane closures and directions by reader boards and flaggers.

For information on possible impacts to TriMet bus service, check

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


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.

(Update: The bridge was reopened at about 8:30am) Traffic Advisory: Lower deck of Steel Bridge closed to biking, walking traffic through Tuesday morning commute because of gate malfunction

(March 7, 2016) – Effective immediately, the gates on the lower deck of the Steel Bridge are closed to bicycle and pedestrian traffic due to a gate malfunction. The closure is expected to last through Tuesday morning commute hours.

People walking or biking are advised to use an alternate route or cross the Steel Bridge on the upper deck. Be especially cautious and safely share the upper deck walkways because they are narrow. People biking may also take the lane on the bridge roadway. Alternate routes include the Broadway, Burnside or Morrison bridges.


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.

News Release: PBOT releases proposed BIKETOWN bike share station map

PBOT releases proposed BIKETOWN bike share station map

New crowdsourcing tool gives Portlanders a voice in BIKETOWN station selection

Interactive map allows Portlanders to suggest where they would like to see BIKETOWN stations.


Crowdsourcing tool part of public outreach process that will include five open houses where Portlanders can also provide feedback about station locations.

BIKETOWN Interactive Map 

(March 9, 2016) – A new website was unveiled today that will allow Portlanders to lend their voices to the BIKETOWN bike share station siting process. Through the website, the public can provide feedback on 300 proposed station locations in the BIKETOWN service area. This feedback will then be used by PBOT and Motivate to select the final 100 station locations. These stations will be installed ahead of the BIKETOWN launch in July 2016.

The BIKETOWN system will include 1,000 bikes available at 100 stations. Although Portland’s ‘smart bike’ system will allow people to park anywhere within the service area for an additional fee, BIKETOWN stations will be the primary places where people can rent and return the bikes.

An analysis of residential density, employment density, transit demand, recreation demand and major city attractions was used by PBOT and Motivate to determine the BIKETOWN service area. The station siting within the service area follows a detailed criteria that includes elements such as: visibility, solar exposure, cellular/GPS reception, proximity to transit and bike routes and proximity to affordable housing.

In addition to the website, Portlanders are invited to attend any of the five open houses offered by PBOT to ask questions and provide in-person feedback about station locations. The open house dates and locations are:

  • Tuesday, March 15 - 5:30 - 7:30 pm, Hosford Middle School Cafeteria, 2303 SE 28th Pl.
  • Thursday, March 17 – Noon – 2:00 p.m., City Hall, Lovejoy Room, 1221 SW 4th Ave.
  • Wednesday, March 30 – 5:00 – 7:00pm, Portland Building, 2nd Floor Room C, 1120 SW 5th Ave.
  • Tuesday, April 5 – 6:00 – 8:00pm, Metropolitan Learning Center, 233 NW Glisan St.
  • Thursday, April 7 – 5:30 – 7:30pm, Immaculate Heart Church, 2926 N Williams Ave.


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 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. 



Help PBOT locate bike share stations

Help us whittle 300 possible station locations down to 100 - comment online or at an open house

(March 9, 2016) BIKETOWN is coming to Portland in July! In January, Nike signed on as the title sponsor for Portland Bike Share, allowing us to increase the number of stations we are able to offer in the initial system roll-out. And now, we want your feedback on where to locate these stations.BIKETOWN bike share bike image

An interactive online map went live today. The map offers approximately 300 options for bike share station locations. Visitors to the map can view all the proposed station locations within the initial service area and provide comments. 

We are also hosting a series of five public open houses. All members of the community are invited to comment online or participate in the following open houses.

Open House Dates and Locations:

  • March 15 (Tuesday) - 5:30 to 7:30 pm, Hosford Middle School Cafeteria, 2303 SE 28th Place
  • March 17 (Thursday) - Noon to 2:00 pm, City Hall, Lovejoy Room, 1221 SW 4th Avenue
  • March 30 (Wednesday) - 5:00 to 7:00 pm, Portland Building, 2nd Floor Rm C, 1120 SW 5th Avenue
  • April 5 (Tuesday) - 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Metropolitan Learning Center, 233 NW Glisan Street
  • April 7 (Thursday) - 5:30 to 7:30 pm, Immaculate Heart Church, 2926 N Williams Avenue

Learn more about BIKETOWN - Portland Bike Share here:

View the interactive online map and comment here: