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News Release: State transportation bill makes big investment in safety, public transit and Safe Routes to School

(July 10, 2017) The transportation package passed by the state legislature will invest in critical safety and maintenance improvements that will make a big difference for Portlanders and all Oregonians, said City Commissioner Dan Saltzman, who oversees the Portland Bureau of Transportation.

"This is an exciting and impressive package of transportation projects and maintenance funds for our entire state but also the City of Portland," Saltzman said. "I look forward to working with community partners, our employees and the private sector in bringing good projects and needed maintenance to Portland’s streets due to this unprecedented level of investment. Thank you Oregon legislators and Governor for working hard and making this happen."

Highlights of the transportation package's investments in Portland include:

  • Reconstruction and safety improvements for a 4-mile section of Powell Boulevard, from SE 99th Avenue to the city limits near SE 174th Avenue. The $110 million project will completely rebuild this high crash corridor, transforming it from a crash-prone highway to an urban main street with safe access for people biking, walking and taking public transit. The Oregon Department of Transportation will rebuild the street, and as crews complete segments in coming years, they will transfer them to City ownership.

  • The statewide Safe Routes to School Program will have $10 million a year, growing to $15 million a year in 2022. Portland would be able to compete for grants to build sidewalks, crosswalks and bike lanes that make it safer for families to bike and walk to school.

  • Renovation of Interstate 5 and city streets in the Rose Quarter to improve safety on NE Broadway, the street with the highest bicycle crash rate in Portland and the fifth highest pedestrian crash rate. It would provide a lid over the freeway to improve bicycle, pedestrian and public transit access and safety. Shoulders and other highway fixes would reduce the rate of crashes on this key corridor by 50 percent.

  • An investment of $35 million to $40 million a year for TriMet bus operations and purchases, providing greatly expanded service in line with the City’s longstanding transportation goals, and also providing a low-income fare for the first time. PBOT also has plans to make more bus-only lanes and transit priority traffic signals that will improve bus service by helping buses get through rush-hour congestion.

The City of Portland strongly supports investment in transportation infrastructure to improve public safety, grow the economy and help reduce carbon pollution. The $5.3 billion package is the first new funding for transportation since the legislature approved House Bill 2001 in 2009.

 

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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 Blog: Announcing the winners of the 2017 Bike to Books Coloring Contest

(July 6, 2017) The Portland Bureau of Transportation is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Bike to Books Coloring contest!

This past May, PBOT and Multnomah County Library, with support from Metro, invited 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.

Coloring pages were available for pick up at all Multnomah County Library branches (click here for locations) or downloaded online. Contestants were required to drop-off their entry at a library branch in person in order to be entered into the contest. This June, staff from PBOT's Active Transportation, Maintenance and Communications teams reviewed the approximately 200 entries received and named the firstsecond and third place winners of each age division as well as honorable mentionsfrom each group.

“We have been amazed by the creativity of the contest entries and are thrilled to have Portland’s kids part of the conversation about getting around Portland,” said Transportation Director Leah Treat. “We hope that through this contest, kids in Portland are able to see the value of their voice in our work to make walking, biking and rolling an option for everyone in the city.”

The winning artwork is as follows:

First Place

First Place - all winners

Second Place

Third Place

3rd Place - all winners

The first place winning art will be installed on four bike lanes by the Portland Bureau of Transportation's striping crews later this summer. Second prize winners each received four full-day passes to the Lumberyard Bike Park (including rental bikes and safety equipment if needed) and third prize winners won a bike helmet of their choice from Portland-based Nutcase Helmets.

In addition to the coloring contest, every person who biked to a Multnomah County Library branch during Bike Month received a free bike light provided by Metro. Special Bike Storytimes for young readers were also offered at numerous library branches across the county.

Thanks to everyone who participated in Bike Month 2017! We can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2018.

PBOT News Blog: City Council commits $1.4 million annually to Vision Zero street safety (en español)

(Para leer en español, lea a continuación)

By Brian Armada

PBOT staff

(June 29, 2017) Portland City Council’s newly adopted 2017-18 budget includes $1.4 million in annual funding, plus $125,000 in one-time funding, for street safety fixes that support Vision Zero.

The new funding is from tax revenue associated with local sales of marijuana. With strong support from Commissioner Dan Saltzman, who oversees the Portland Bureau of Transportation, Commissioner Amanda Fritz proposed committing the funds for Vision Zero at a council session on May 16. Her budget amendment was unanimously adopted. City Council formally approved Portland’s 2017-18 budget on June 8.

Mayor Wheeler and each of the other City Council members have consistently backed Vision Zero, a citywide initiative to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2025. PBOT and partners are six months into a 32-step Action Plan that addresses the top four causes of deadly crashes: street design, speed, impairment, and other dangerous behaviors, including distracted driving.

“It is gratifying to work with commissioners who understand the importance of safe streets,” PBOT Director Leah Treat said. “These additional funds will accelerate our work to redesign streets to help keep people safe, especially our most vulnerable road users.”

PBOT will move quickly to invest the new funds in street safety projects. Staff solicited feedback on 27 options for street safety fixes during the latest Vision Zero Task Force meeting on June 15. Task Force members expressed strong support for projects in Communities of Concern, a set of 10 equity indicators that include income, access to transit and race/ethnicity. PBOT staff will use the Task Force feedback to finalize a project list for design and construction over the next two years.

All 27 of the project options would improve safety on the High Crash Network, the 30 highest-crash streets in Portland. Project options include the planning and construction of enhanced crosswalks at transit stops, improved lighting, protected bike lanes and rumble strips. In addition to street safety, PBOT is investing $300,000 of the new marijuana revenue in an outreach campaign to support safe driving speeds.

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News Blog: El ayuntamiento asigna $1.4 millones en fondos anuales para la seguridad de las calles Vision Zero

 

By Brian Armada

PBOT Escritor

El nuevo presupuesto aprobado por el ayuntamiento de Portland para el año fiscal 2017-18 incluye fondos anuales de $1.4 millones, más $125,000 de financiación única, para los arreglos de carretera que formaran parte de Vision Zero.

Los nuevos fondos serán recaudados con los ingresos de los impuestos de ventas de marihuana. Con el apoyo firme del comisario Dan Saltzman, quien supervisa el Burea de Transportación de Portland, la comisaria Amanda Fritz propuso comprometer los fondos para Vision Zero en una sesión de ayuntamiento el 16 de mayo. Su enmienda presupuestaria fue adoptada de manera unánime. El ayuntamiento aprobó el presupuesto el 8 de junio.

El alcalde Wheeler y todos los comisarios han apoyado Vision Zero a toda fuerza desde su incepción. El objetivo de esta visión es reducir y eliminar las fatalidades de tráfico, junto con las heridas graves, por el año 2025. El Bureau de Transportación y sus socios están en el proceso de implementar un plan de acción con 32 pasos que aborda las cuatro causas principales de accidentes y colisiones. Las causes incluyen: el diseño de las carreteras, la velocidad, la discapacidad, y otros hábitos peligrosos como manejar distraído.

“Es gratificante trabajar con los comisarios que entienden la importancia de la seguridad de nuestras carreteras” calificó la directora del Bureau de Transportación, Leah Treat. “Estos fondos adicionales aceleraran nuestros esfuerzos para rediseñar las calles y ayudaran a mantener las callas seguras, especialmente para nuestros más vulnerables.”

El bureau actuara rápidamente para invertir los nuevos fondos en proyectos de seguridad. Durante la última junta del equipo operativo de Vision Zero, el personal solicitó comentarios e información sobre 27 opciones para proyectos que mejoraran la seguridad de las carreteras. Los miembros de este grupo expresaron su firme apoyo para los proyectos en las “Communities of concern” – un término utilizado por el bureau para denominar las comunidades en más necesidad de inversiones. Una comunidad es designada “community of concern” basándose en diez indicadores de equidad, por ejemplo: los niveles de ingresos, acceso al transporte, y raza. El Bureau de Transportación utilizara esta información para finalizar una lista de proyectos que serán diseñados y construidos en los próximos dos años.

Las 27 opciones mejoraran la seguridad en lo que es designado como el “high crash network” que significa “la red de colisiones” donde principalmente se concentran los accidentes. Esta red incluye las 30 calles de Portland con más accidentes. Las opciones de proyectos incluyen mejorar los paseos de peatones en paradas de tránsito, mejorar la iluminación en las paradas, e instalar carriles de bicicleta protegidos. Además de inversiones en seguridad, el bureau también invertirá $300,000 de los nuevos fondos en una campaña comunitaria para informar y concienciar la importancia de manejar a niveles de velocidad seguros.

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News Release: PBOT Announces Portland in the Streets Community Grant Program

$100,000 available to community and neighborhood groups for safety, beautification and trails projects.

PITS community grant

(June 28, 2017) Today, the Portland Bureau of Transportation announced the Portland in the Streets Community Grant Program. The program will support creative community projects to make neighborhood streets, sidewalks and trails safer, more beautiful and open to all. Portland community and neighborhood groups are eligible to apply for up to $20,000 to finance their initiatives. A total of $100,000 in grant money will be available.

Vision Zero Portland logo

“Promoting safety, mobility and transportation access for all Portlanders is central to PBOT’s mission,” said Transportation Commissioner Dan Saltzman. “We created this program because small changes can make a big difference. We’re inviting Portlanders to put their local knowledge and creativity to work to benefit their communities.”

"I want to empower Portlanders with this grant program. They know best how their streets can serve them differently and better," said Portland Transportation Director Leah Treat. “I know there is a lot of creative and innovative energy out there, and we’re very excited to see the proposals.”

PBOT seeks proposals for community-driven projects focused on transportation safety, equity, innovation and placemaking. Portlanders  are especially encouraged to submit proposals for small-scale transportation safety projects in support of Vision Zero, creative community infrastructure projects, events in city streets, urban trail projects and initiatives that support innovative community engagement.

Grant applications are due on August 31st, 2017. To assist community groups with their applications, PBOT will hold two information workshops on July 26th and 27th, 2017. More information about the program, including the application form, can be found here: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/73920

Groups that have applied for other community grants, such as the Metro Community Placemaking Program, are encouraged to apply for the Portland in the Streets program.

 

PBOT News Release: Sunday Parkways celebrates 10 years in North Portland this Sunday, Mayor proclaims June 25 “Portland Sunday Parkways Day”

(June 23, 2017) – Mayor Ted Wheeler has proclaimed this Sunday, June 25, “Portland Sunday Parkways Day” to celebrate ten years of Portland Sunday Parkways presented by Kaiser Permanente. June 25 marks the 10th Sunday Parkways in North Portland, the route that has typically attracted the largest crowds of the year.

“Sunday Parkways is one of the greatest things we do in Portland,” said Mayor Ted Wheeler at the Wednesday morning City Council meeting. “It has been a vehicle to show off parts of the city that are hidden gems of our landscape including new parks, newly built biking and walking infrastructure, community gardens, and beautiful residential neighborhoods.”

“Sunday Parkways is a great way to get to know local businesses and your community,” said City Commissioner Dan Saltzman, who oversees the Portland Bureau of Transportation. “Since its inception, Sunday Parkways has not only been a great way to connect with parks along the route, but every new shop, restaurant and neighbor along the way.”

Sunday Parkways Programs Manager Linda Ginenthal and colleague Rich Cassidy have worked on the program since PBOT launched it 10 years ago. Thousands of people participate in each Sunday event.

“Portlanders love Sunday Parkways and the transportation bureau is thrilled to celebrate the 10th anniversary of one of our favorite traditions,” PBOT Director Leah Treat said. “Sunday Parkways exemplifies the spirit Portland, where we see our streets as shared public space, not just a place to pass through. Cities from all over the world have learned from our experience in opening our streets to the community. I can’t wait to see what the next 10 years of Sunday Parkways brings!”

“The health benefits of Sunday Parkways extend beyond physical activity into mental health and social connectedness,” said Molly Haynes, Manager of Community Health Initiatives Community Benefit for Kaiser Permanente. “You see more smiles on the Sunday Parkways route than any other place in Portland.  Friends and neighbors interact in ways that may not happen otherwise and that hopefully lead to stronger neighborhood connections and improved safety.”

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. This 41st Sunday Parkways on June 25th in North Portland will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on 9 ½ miles of neighborhood greenways – streets that are great to ride any day of the week.

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 rails routes to help everyone get to Sunday Parkways by biking and taking transit.

This route highlights five Portland parks and activity areas including Peninsula, Arbor Lodge, Kenton, and McCoy Parks and the Willamette Bluff 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 North 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.

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 ten 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.

North Portland Sunday Parkways provided by the generous support from the following sponsors:

 North Portland Sunday Parkways sponsors

 

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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