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News Blog: Safe Routes to School announces 88 safety and improvement projects funded by Fixing Our Streets

Safe Routes identified over 1,200 projects along the Primary Investment Routes throughout the city. Projects not funded by Fixing Our Streets will be incorporated into and built by other planned City improvements or will need additional funding to be implemented.

Fixing Our Streets Safe Routes to School project map

Safe Routes identified over 1,200 projects along the Primary Investment Routes throughout the city. Projects not funded by Fixing Our Streets will be incorporated into and built by other planned City improvements or will need additional funding to be implemented. Click the image above to learn about the project identification process and view the project map.

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(June 14, 2018) Beginning in the summer of 2018, approximately 88 safety and improvement projects will begin to be built with the $8 million in funding from Fixing Our Streets.

The projects were chosen after an extensive, year-long public engagement process by Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) Safe Routes to School program staff with school communities and a Stakeholder Advisory Committee made up of community partners and SRTS practitioners. Staff engaged families and students to identify the walking routes they take to school, and what types of traffic concerns they encountered along those routes. This information helped create the project list and a network of Primary Investment Routes where PBOT will prioritize investments in years to come. In total, Safe Routes identified over 1,200 projects along the Primary Investment Routes throughout the city. Projects not funded by Fixing Our Streets will be incorporated into and built by other planned City improvements or will need additional funding to be implemented.

Parents preferred different types of streets for their children in different parts of the city. Some prefer their children to walk on quiet back streets; in other neighborhoods, parents prefer their children walk on streets where more people are around. In areas where there are already sidewalks and good access, the most stressful part of getting to school is interacting with parents dropping students off by car. Overall, families want to see more emphasis on safety at arrival and dismissal times. Across Portland, the top concern heard by PBOT staff was unsafe crossings. Parents and students noted that major street crossings were the biggest barrier in walking to school. Missing sidewalks and traffic speed were also major safety concerns. Students and families confirmed that they prefer to take the shortest path and not to walk more than one or two blocks out of their way to use a better route or crossing. 

The 88 projects were chosen in partnership with a Stakeholder Advisory Committee of schools, government agencies and community partners based on the following values:

  • Equity:

o   Low-income households

o   Communities of color

o   Limited English Proficiency households

  • Safety:

o   Speed limit

o   Number of traffic lanes

o   Whether the street is on the Vision Zero High Crash Network, where more than half of deadly and serious injury crashes occur in Portland

  • Student/route density:

o   Percentage of students living within 0.5 and 1 mile of school

o   Number of schools served by the project

Construction of the Fixing Our Streets Safe Routes to School projects will begin in the summer of 2018 and should be completed by 2021. Some of the types of projects being installed are:

  • Improve crossing: An intersection project that goes beyond painting a crosswalk. This may include a median island, curb extension, flashing beacons, or traffic signal.
  • Mark or update crosswalk: Paints a crosswalk where none exists, or improves an existing crosswalk.
  • Evaluate traffic signals: Reviews an existing intersection with a traffic signal on a major street to identify changes that may improve safety, such as signal timing.
  • Construct walkway: Builds a sidewalk or other type of path along the roadway to separate people walking from cars.
  • Construct shared use path: Builds a path for people to walk or bike on that is not necessarily along a street.
  • Slow traffic speeds: Installs speed humps or changes street design to slow traffic through residential areas. 

Over the next year, PBOT will be adding routes and projects for schools that were not open or scheduled to be built when the project started. An example is Kellogg Middle School, which was approved for a rebuild in the PPS May 2017 Health, Safety and Modernization Bond.

Portland’s Safe Routes to School staff are excited to share the Fixing Our Streets Safe Routes to School map of Primary Investment Routes for each permanent public elementary, K-8, and middle school and identified safety projects along those routes. You can find the map, details on projects, routes, and the process at SafeRoutesProjects.com

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Background

Portland’s Safe Routes to School initiative (SRTS) is a comprehensive equity-focused program to improve walking and biking conditions around schools. Partnerships and collaboration with schools, community organizations, regional agencies, and neighborhoods are central to the program’s success.

Safe Routes uses infrastructure improvements (such as crosswalks) and educational campaigns to improve safety, reduce congestion, and encourage physical activity.

Safe Routes envisions a future where all students and families can choose active transportation as a safe, convenient, accessible and desirable option for getting to and from school and around their neighborhoods. The ability to walk, bike and roll to school and throughout neighborhoods not only benefits students and families, but the entire community. 

Fixing Our Streets and Safe Routes to School

The Fixing Our Streets program allocated $8 million for to make routes safer and more convenient for kids to walk, bike and roll to school. With over 100 schools through the city, the need for street improvements to support safe travel to school is greater than the Fixing Our Streets funds available. Fixing Our Streets tasked SRTS to find out what changes Portlanders would like to see around their schools, and develop a process to target and prioritize safety investments.

Read about the public engagement process, what we heard from school communities, and read answers to our Frequently Asked Questions on our project story map.  

If you have questions please contact SafeRoutes@portlandoregon.gov

Traffic Advisory: Street improvements on N Columbia Boulevard from N Peninsular to N Interstate Place through Wednesday, June 27

(June 11, 2018) – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements on N Columbia Blvd will require lane closures from N Peninsular to N Interstate Place through June 27, 2018, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

The lane closures will allow crews to grind and pave 3.64 lane miles of pavement.

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 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.

News Release: Major milestone reached in making Portland's streets and sidewalks more accessible

(June 5, 2018) The Portland Bureau of Transportation announced a major milestone in the City's efforts to make Portland's streets and sidewalks more accessible to people with mobility disabilities. 

Yesterday, United States District Court Judge Marco Hernandez issued a preliminary approval of the settlement in Hines, et al. v. City of Portland. The class action seeks to ensure that the City's corners are ADA compliant. 

The City of Portland has over 38,000 corners. Approximately 11,000 corners do not have curb ramps. Many other corners have ramps that do not meet current ADA standards.  Corners that do not have ADA compliant curb ramps represent a significant barrier to safe and convenient mobility for people with mobility disabilities. 

This landmark settlement will take a major step forward in correcting this situation. According to the settlement's terms, the City of Portland has agreed to construct and/or upgrade 1500 curb ramps per year for the next twelve years for a total of 18,000 ramps. The City has also agreed to survey all ramps in the next two years and establish a Transition Plan to map out how the City will ensure accessibility. 

"On behalf of City Council, I would like to thank the claimants for working with us on this, in partnership, to provide an accessible City for all," said Mayor Ted Wheeler. "Bringing our street corners up to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act is the right, equitable and legal thing to do."

"We have nearly 40,000 corners in Portland," said Transportation Commissioner Dan Saltzman. "Each corner is an opportunity. With the correct curb ramps, each of these corners represents a chance for our city to provide safe and accessible mobility to for all Portlanders regardless of whether they are living with a disability or not. That is why I am so supportive of this settlement. Thanks to this settlement, we will double the number of ADA compliant curb ramps we build each year and do a better job of putting our values of fair and safe access for all into practice."

“Under this settlement, the City of Portland will make substantial improvements to the accessibility of its pedestrian right of way for residents and visitors with mobility disabilities by installing and upgrading about 18,000 curb ramps over the next 12 years – double the rate of recent installations and upgrades,” said Plaintiffs’ counsel Linda Dardarian of Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho. “This settlement was achieved collaboratively without a lawsuit, and has built a relationship of trust and open communication between representatives of the City and the community of people with mobility disabilities that will last for many years to come.”

“Federal and state disability access laws were enacted decades ago to provide persons with disabilities an equal opportunity to fully participate in civic life,” said Tim Fox, claimants’ counsel and co-founder of the Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center.  “Today, we stand together with the City of Portland to fulfill the promise of those laws by ensuring that people with disabilities can travel independently throughout their communities.  Inaccessible curb ramps prevent persons with disabilities from being fully integrated in their communities.  This settlement goes a long way toward addressing those issues in that it will result in new ramps being put in at corners where there are no ramps and it will result noncompliant ramps being brought into compliance.  This settlement will make Portland accessible to all persons regardless of disability and means a tremendous amount to me as a person with a disability who has come to love this city.”

Portland resident Tess Raunig, one of the Plaintiffs in the case, said, “Nonexistent and noncompliant curb ramps have made it hard for me to move freely around my neighborhood or to get to know my neighbors, and have even put me at risk of falling out of my wheelchair into the street.  This settlement will prevent other people from having to experience that, and is a blessing for residents and visitors with disabilities.”

“This settlement means a lot to me and to persons with disabilities who want to live independently in our community,” added Portland resident Allen Hines, another Plaintiff.  “There are several neighborhoods in this City where it is nearly impossible for a person in a mobility device to navigate the neighborhood.  I am hopeful that with this settlement, we will make all of our neighborhoods in Portland accessible to people with mobility disabilities.”

People with disabilities are the largest minority group in the country – census figures estimate that 56.7 million, or 1 in 5, Americans have a disability.  

With the preliminary approval granted, the members of the class will be notified of the settlement. At a subsequent hearing, a judge will rule on the final status of the settlement. This hearing is anticipated to take place September 24, 2018. 

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News Release: Portland-based Run with Paula wins solicitation for 2018 Portland Marathon

(June 1, 2018) Today, the Office of Mayor Ted Wheeler and the Portland Bureau of Transportation announced that Portland-based Run With Paula Events has won the solicitation for the 2018 Portland Marathon

Run With Paula is an event firm owned by Paula and Dave Harkin. The award-winning event operator has created and run a variety of successful distance-running events in the Portland area, including the Hippie Chick and Helvetia half marathons in Washington County. The couple also own Portland Running Co., where participants in Run with Paula's Beaverton Half Marathon, to be held on Sunday, will be picking up packets today until 3 p.m.

“I believe our great city deserves an equally great race," Paula Harkin said. "Fall just would not be the same without a marathon in Portland.”

In recent weeks, several event producers contacted the City of Portland, expressing an interest in hosting a marathon in 2018. In order to choose a qualified producer within the short time frame remaining, the City created a streamlined process to select an organizer for a 2018 event.

Interested applicants were asked to respond to seven questions that assess whether they have the experience, organizational capacity and financial resources necessary to successfully organize a marathon in 2018. Responses were due on May 25.

The City intended to hold a blind draw today from a pool of qualified applicants to determine which company would produce the marathon. Run With Paula Events was the only organizer to meet all the criteria for the 2018 event.

The event will not be city-owned or sponsored. The event date will be October 7, 2018. It will be the subject to all permitting requirements and costs as provided by City rules.

The City continues to lead a separate process for selecting an event organizer for a marathon in 2019.

Information about the application process for the 2018 marathon and the process for the 2019 marathon can be found on PBOT's web site. PBOT issues permits for special events, which are moving events held in the street and/or sidewalk, such as runs, walks, marches, parades or bicycle races. The bureau coordinates event plans with partner agencies to protect public safety and access to City streets and right-of-way.

News Release: BIKETOWN Expands Further East, Lowers and Simplifies Pricing

BIKETOWN service area to soon include eastside Portland neighborhoods along the 50s Bikeway

BIKETOWN Expands Further East, Lowers and Simplifies Pricing

BIKETOWN service area to soon include eastside Portland neighborhoods along the 50s BikewaY

After successful pilot, annual BIKETOWN members will be allowed to lock bikes to any public bike rack in the service at no cost.  

Pay-as-you-go and month-to-month plans to be introduced, offering more convenience and flexibility.

Portland, OR: With Portland’s prime biking season underway, BIKETOWN announced significant new changes to make it even more simple and affordable to explore the city by bike. Among the changes are new pricing options, a service area expansion and making it free for BIKETOWN annual members to lock at any public rack in the system.

“We are excited to expand to even more neighborhoods and introduce new pricing options that will be intuitive and budget-friendly for Portland residents and visitors alike,” said BIKETOWN General Manager Dorothy Mitchell. “These changes will make it even easier for people in Portland to enjoy the convenience and fun of bike share this summer.”

Starting June 1, BIKETOWN memberships will cost just $99 upfront for a full year of unlimited rides. A new pay-as-you-go plan will cost a one-time $5 sign-up fee and only $0.08 for each min after that. BIKETOWN is also introducing a new month-to-month plan of $19 each month for people who want to use BIKETOWN regularly without commiting to an annual membership.

These pricing changes come as the BIKETOWN service area’s eastern border expands to serve east side Portland neighborhoods along the 50s Bikeway including Grant Park, Creston-Kenilworth, Laurelhurst, Beaumont-Wilshire, Cully, and Hollywood -- an area in which residents had been particularly calling for service.

The Community Cycling Center, which supports the Cully active transportation group Andando en Bicicletas en Cully (ABC), was “overjoyed” for the expansion. “Adding the option of bike share near the Hacienda CDC community addresses barriers the ABC group has long identified, including start-up costs, storage, and maintenance,” said Jonnie Ling, Director of Programs and Enterprise at the Community Cycling Center.

Following a successful May pilot, BIKETOWN members on an annual plan will be allowed to lock a bike to any public bike rack in the entire service area for free. Additionally, approximately 22 city bike corrals in the expansion area will be designated as “Community Corrals,” which function like BIKETOWN stations as free places to lock up for pay-as-you-go and monthly riders.

New to the Pay as You Go plan is the option to check out up to four bikes on one account. Current BIKETOWN members will receive an email on June 1 with instructions for how they can upgrade their plan.

BIKETOWN previously cost $144 for an annual membership or $2.50 for a single ride with an additional $0.10/min for all rides over 90 minutes. All single ride members will automatically convert to members of the Pay as You Go plan (with the sign-up fee waived), while annual and group members can choose to stay on their existing plans. BIKETOWN for All members will continue to pay just $3/month and incur no additional fees.

Launching in July 2016, orange BIKETOWN bikes are now a key part of bicycling culture in Portland, the city with the highest bike commute rate among major U.S. cities. Over the last two years, BIKETOWN riders have logged over 617,000 trips and 1,250,000 miles. Survey data shows that 25% of trips are replacing auto trips among local residents, helping to reduce Portland’s congestion and carbon emissions.

 


ABOUT BIKETOWN:

BIKETOWN is Portland’s bike share system with 1,000 bikes available in every quadrant of the city. BIKETOWN is a partnership between the City of Portland’s Bureau of Transportation and Nike, the program’s founding and title partner. BIKETOWN is operated by Motivate. It uses innovative new “smart bikes” which 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 other Motivate operated US cities, including New York, Chicago, Washington DC, Boston and the Bay Area that have popular, safe and successful bike share systems. biketownpdx.com

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

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 part of this collaboration, Nike designed the innovative visual identity for the program’s standard bike which is the highly identifiable orange that is synonymous with the brand. 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, including: the Nike Air Max 95, Nike Air Trainer 1 and Nike Air Safari, BETRUE and five neighborhood designs resulting from the BIKETOWN Design Challenge.

ABOUT MOTIVATE:

Motivate is the largest bike share operator in North America, with systems in the densest urban centers including New York (Citi Bike), Chicago (Divvy), Boston (Hubway), Washington D.C (Capital Bikeshare) and the Bay Area (Ford GoBike). Motivate works alongside cities to provide efficient, equitable and safe systems using a full range of bike share solutions and best-in-class operations. As a vertically integrated company, Motivate is leading the design and deployment of the next generation of bike share technology. The company is led by a group of urban visionaries, creative leaders and technology innovators, revolutionizing the landscape and sustainability of cities and urban transit. Learn more at www.motivateco.com.

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