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PBOT News Release: Sunday Parkways starts 10th year this Sunday, May 21, in inner Southeast Portland neighborhoods

Dr. Rowena Manalo tells her personal story of enjoying Sunday Parkways

 

(May 17, 2017) This Sunday, May 21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. the City of Portland Sunday Parkways presented by Kaiser Permanente begins its 10th anniversary season in Southeast neighborhoods. This family-friendly free event organized by the Portland Bureau of Transportation is a great way to get the whole family out on a bike ride or walk for healthy, fun activity kicking of the second next decade of Sunday Parkways.

Sunday Parkways is a favorite annual event for Dr. Rowena Manalo, Chief of Family Medicine at Kaiser Permanente Northwest. She and her family have enjoyed many rides and they are particularly excited to celebrate the 10th anniversary season, which will include a special Passport to Health sticker hunt with prizes, a community appreciation party, and a new route in outer Northeast Portland.

“My daughter is 10 years old, and we’ve seen her grow through a decade of Sunday Parkways,” said Dr. Manalo. “She started off riding in a bike trailer, graduated to a trailer bike, very slowly completing the route with training wheels, to now being a fully independent rider who sometimes speeds ahead of us!”

As presenting sponsor of Sunday Parkways, Kaiser Permanente and its employees put health and safety first, so Dr. Manalo says she especially appreciates how safe the rides are for families. “We have a sense of security riding on the routes with young kids, and not having to worry about cars. The community volunteers and neighbors we pass are always very welcoming. We’ve been able to explore and appreciate different parts of Portland, and the kids love the fun freebies along the way, like T-shirts and bike bells. They’re especially excited about this year’s scavenger hunt.”

While Dr. Manalo usually rides with her family, she often enjoys bringing friends along for the ride. “It’s been great to ride and hang out with friends, and take our lunch break together to sample some of the great food trucks along the way. I’ve often recommended the event to patients and colleagues, especially those new to the area. It’s a great way to get active on the weekend with family and friends.”

The seven-mile Southeast Portland route tees up the 10th season celebration on June 25th in North Portland Sunday Parkways. Stay tuned for details.

To make it easy for residents and visitors alike to join in the fun this weekend PBOT has created a detailed Sunday Parkways route map with all area bikeway routes and bus and light rail routes plus the BIKETOWN boundaries and stations to help area everyone get to Sunday Parkways by biking and taking transit.

This route highlights four Portland Parks including Laurelhurst, Ivon, Colonel Summers and Sewallcrest parks with activities, food, music, and community businesses and organizations to connect with at the event.  Find the list of music, food, community organizations, sponsors and scheduled classes and activities on our Southeast Portland Sunday Parkways webpage.

For maps and more information, visit www.PortlandSundayParkways.org or call 503-823-7599. Follow us on Facebook at PortlandSundayParkways and on Twitter @SundayParkways

For news media to schedule interviews with Dr. Rowena Manalo, please contact Karen Vitt at karen.a.vitt@kp.org or 503-201-5399.

Picture at Sunday Parkways

About Sunday Parkways

Sunday Parkways is a series of free community events opening the city's largest public space—its streets—for people to walk, bike, roll and discover active transportation. The events are beloved by Portlanders of all ages. Total attendance for the 10 years has topped 690,000 over 38 Sunday Parkways events. Residents and visitors say they come to enjoy the traffic-free streets connecting parks and schools filled with activities, music and vendors. It’s safe, family-friendly and a chance to meet neighbors. Learn more at www.portlandsundayparkways.org.

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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. Learn more at www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation

 

 

PBOT Traffic Advisory: Street improvements require overnight closure of SE Belmont, lane closures on SE Cesar Chavez Blvd Friday night

(May 16, 2017) The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that installation of new traffic signals and repaving a busy intersection will require overnight closures of SE Belmont Street at SE Cesar E Chavez Blvd overnight Friday night. SE Cesar E Chavez Blvd will be open for travel at all times, but lanes will be reduced from four to two during the work hours.

The work is funded by the Major Maintenance and Asset Replacement Program, which reserves half of all one-time, surplus general fund dollars for improvements that maintain or replace critical infrastructure. The work is part of a $1 million Traffic Signal Rebuilds project. The new signal will replace a traffic signal that was built in 1950.

As part of the project, the contractor will repave the intersection. The paving work will take place overnight, from 10 p.m. on Friday, May 19, until the work is completed, potentially as early as 5 a.m. on Saturday, May 20. The work has been scheduled to minimize the impact on the traveling public.

Eastbound and westbound SE Belmont Street will have detours from 10 p.m. on Friday through 5 a.m. on Saturday. Travel on SE Cesar E Chavez Blvd will remain open, with one lane in each direction. The paving work during this time will occur in 2 phases, with different detours for each phase. The detours are as follows:

Phase 1 Detour
Eastbound traffic on SE Belmont St will be detoured south at SE 30th Ave to eastbound on SE Hawthorne Blvd and northbound on SE Cesar Chavez Blvd back to SE Belmont St. Westbound traffic will be detoured south at SE Cesar Chavez Blvd to westbound on SE Hawthorne Blvd and northbound on SE 30th Ave back to SE Belmont St.

Phase 2 Detour
Eastbound traffic on SE Belmont St will be detoured north at SE Cesar Chavez Blvd to eastbound on SE Stark St and southbound on SE 49th Ave back to SE Belmont St. Westbound traffic will be detoured north at SE 49th Ave to westbound on SE Stark St and southbound on SE Cesar Chavez Blvd back to SE Belmont St.

After 5 a.m. on Saturday until the work is completed, there are expected to be no detours. Flaggers will accommodate one lane of travel for east and westbound traffic on SE Belmont St.

The traveling public is advised to travel cautiously, observe the closure signage and directions by reader boards and detour signage.

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

PBOT News Blog: The sun is out! Time to plan your block party!

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(May 3, 2017) Spring is finally here and that means it's time to start planning for your summer block party! Block parties are great for community-building. There is no better way to get to know your neighbors than by opening up your street for a potluck, barbecue, dance party or any other creative ideas you have to bring people together!

Ready to start planning? The first step to a successful block party is applying for a permit from the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) to safely open your block for people of all ages to gather, play and enjoy a car-free street.

To that end, PBOT is excited to announce some changes this year that will make throwing block parties easier than ever:

  • Rather than obtaining signatures from residents on your block, you simply have to share a notification flyer with your neighbors—just be sure to attach it to your application.  
  • We now offer an online application and payment system for block parties. You can file all your paperwork from the comfort of your home!
  • Do you live east of 82nd Avenue? This summer, we are waiving permit fees for East Portland! PBOT is also providing special, pink block party barricades for closing the street safely that can be picked up at select East Portland community locations at no cost. If you want to apply through our new online form, apply through our East Portland block party application available on our website. You can also apply using our standard paper application.
  • We have newly translated paper applications in SpanishMandarinVietnameseSomali, and Russian to make throwing a block party easier for everyone in Portland.

Go to www.pbotblockparty.com to find everything you need to apply for your block party! Our site will direct you to our new online application and payment portal, and translated paper applications.


 

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Have questions? Want to learn more about the Block Party program?

Visit www.pbotblockparty.com, call (503) 823-4003 or email pbotblockparty@portlandoregon.gov.

PBOT Traffic Advisory: Parking restricted on SE Division Street Wednesday, Thursday morning for surveying

(May 2, 2017) The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that surveying for upcoming safety and public transit improvements will require on-street parking to be restricted for a few hours on SE Division on Wednesday and Thursday morning.

On Wednesday May 3, on-street parking will be prohibited from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. in various locations along SE Division from SE 10th Avenue to 82nd Avenue. On Thursday, May 4, on-street parking will be prohibited from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. along SE Division from 82nd Avenue to the city limits, near SE 174th Avenue.

No-parking barricades will be placed along the curb in areas where parking will be restricted. Areas without barricades are not restricted. The barricades will be removed after the work is completed, so the restriction might not last as long as expected.

The effort will save time and money for transportation improvements, by allowing the data to be shared by PBOT and TriMet as the agencies design upcoming projects. Removing parking to scan the street will help reduce the need to close travel lanes or sidewalks for surveying. Engineers making plans for upcoming improvements will use a car-mounted camera to gather comprehensive survey and mapping data of the right-of-way, gathering the precise locations of curbs, sidewalks and storm drains.

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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. Learn more at www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation. 

News Release: PBOT, Multnomah County Library and Metro celebrate Bike Month with “Bike to Books” coloring contest and bike light giveaway

Contest winners’ art will be installed in Portland’s bike lanes, adding to the City’s well-known collection of whimsical bike lane designs.

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(May 1, 2017) The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) and Multnomah County Library, with support from Metro, are celebrating Bike Month with “Bike to Books,” a program to encourage residents to ride their bicycle to their local library.

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As part of the program, PBOT and Multnomah County Library are inviting students living in Multnomah County from Pre-Kindergarten to 12th Grade to design bike lane art for Portland’s “Bike to Books” Bike Month coloring contest. For years Portlanders have enjoyed the smile-inducing bike lane art designed by PBOT’s striping crews. The designs are created by crew members and can be found in bike lanes and on neighborhood greenways across the city.

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Examples of bike lane art installed by Portland Bureau of Transportation striping crews in various locations around the city. Photos by the Portland Bureau of Transportation.

 

Young people in Portland and Multnomah County can submit their own designs using the bike symbol coloring page with the winning art to be installed on a bike lane by the Portland Bureau of Transportation's striping crews. Second prize winners will each receive four full-day passes to ride your bicycle at the Lumberyard Bike Park (including rental bikes and safety equipment if needed) and third prize winners will win a bike helmet from Portland-based Nutcase Helmets. Coloring pages can be picked up at all Multnomah County Library branches (click here for locations) or downloaded online. Contestants must drop-off their entry at a library branch in person in order to be entered into the contest. Full contest rules are available online.

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In addition to the coloring contest, every person who bikes to a Multnomah County Library branch will receive a free bike light provided by Metro (while supplies last). Special Bike Storytimes for young readers are also being offered at numerous library branches across the county.

“Bike to Books is a classic Portland partnership. By encouraging people to visit their local library by bike, we are creating healthy, fun opportunities for accessing knowledge and resources,” said Transportation Commissioner Dan Saltzman. “Thank you to Multnomah County Library and Metro for your continued commitment to this unique program.”

“Like so many Portlanders, I love it when I come across a new piece of bike lane art when I’m biking around the city. It’s part of what makes Portland’s biking culture so special,” said Portland Transportation Director Leah Treat. “The creative energy of Portland’s street striping team is a great source of pride for our bureau. I can’t wait to see the ideas we get from Portland students!”

“Libraries are all about sharing, whether that means ideas, resources or support,” said Multnomah County Library Director Vailey Oehlke. “With Bike to Books, we’re teaming up with important partners in PBOT and Metro to share the joy around reading, learning and biking with an eye toward safety and sustainability.”

“Making our streets safe for people of all ages and abilities is a cornerstone of Metro's transportation work,” said Metro Councilor Bob Stacey. “Ensuring that kids like my grandsons can safely pedal to and from the library is what it's all about!”

Books and bikes are two pillars of Portland culture. Multnomah County Library is the third-busiest public library in the United States, according to the Public Library Data Service, and has the hardest-working collection of library materials among large libraries in the U.S. Check out their library bike at the Southeast Portland Sunday Parkways on May 21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition, Portland’s young readers bike to school in record numbers. Today, thanks to the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School Program, 43.6 percent of trips to school in Portland are on foot or by bike – the highest in the nation.

Portland Bike Month runs throughout the month of May with events happening across the city sponsored by multiple organizations to encourage people of all ages to get on their bike and enjoy the spring sunshine and hundreds of miles of bike lanes and neighborhood greenways in the city of Portland.

Information about Bike to Books and Bike Month events can be found at: www.biketobooks.com

Click to view photos and video from the Bike Story Time at Hillsdale Library.

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About the Portland Bureau of Transportation:

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. Learn more at www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation.

About Multnomah County Library:

Multnomah County Library is the oldest public library west of the Mississippi River, with a history that reaches back to 1864. Today, Central Library and the other 18 neighborhood libraries that make up the library system house nearly 900 computer stations for the public and a collection of two million books and other library materials. As Oregon's largest public library, Multnomah County Library serves nearly one-fifth of the state's population with a wide variety of programs and services. Learn more at www.multcolib.org.

About Metro:

Metro works with communities, businesses and residents in the Portland metropolitan area to chart a wise course for the future while protecting the things we love about this place. Learn more at www.oregonmetro.gov.