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Take Part in the High Crash Corridor Safety Program

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Help reduce crashes (and you might even earn school credit)

Crosswalk of a busy streetWe all want to make our communities safer, but what can we do? If you live within ten blocks of one of Portland’s ten High Crash Corridors you could participate in the High Crash Corridor Safety Program and help bring some needed resources to your community.

If you participate, you’ll work with a Portland Bureau of Transportation safety specialist to develop a program that best serves your needs.  There are several project options to choose from, including:

  1. Bring transportation safety trainings to interested adults in your neighborhood.
  2. Host a transportation safety fair.  
  3. Identify potential leaders in your community interested in learning to be a Transportation Safety Trainer, and PBOT will Train-the-Trainers.
  4. Identify and engage teenagers (ages 13-19) to learn about transportation safety and then develop a single- or multi-media presentation on transportation safety in Portland.
  5. Work with PBOT staff to engage older adults to participate in a Senior Walking Challenge and/or Ped Pals program to encourage walking as a healthy and active mode of transportation.
  6. Help PBOT staff develop a survey, and then survey your community members about what transportation safety training and programs they would most like to see implemented in their community and then create a customized program to best serve their needs.


To learn more about this safety program, including how students may be able to earn educational credit for their projects, contact Sharon White at or 503-823-7100.

Safe Routes to School Annual Evaluation Report

Latest data shows more than 42% of trips to partner schools are made on foot or by bike.

The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School advocates for and implements programs that make walking and biking around Portland neighborhoods and schools fun, easy, safe and healthy for all students and families. The majority of the program’s funding comes from traffic-fine revenue, supplemented by state and federal grants.

Twice a year, Safe Routes to School surveys thousands of parents and guardians to learn how their children get to and from school.  These surveys are required for the program’s federal grant funding and help staff gauge progress in making Portland a safer place for students to get around by foot or bike.   

After mailing over 17,000 surveys this past fall covering 50 schools, Safe Routes to School has just released its annual school and program reports. The report displays how students get to and from school and includes comparisons to other schools.

  chart comparing Portland to National travel averages

Portland’s walk and bike to school rates are significantly higher than the national average.  For the Safe Routes to School program over 32% of trips to school were on foot, compared to 11% nationally. Trips to school by bicycle were 10 times higher for the Portland Safe Routes to School program than the national average (10.3% compared to 1%).  Additionally, the Safe Routes to School program has seen a steady increase in the number of students walking and bicycling to school, as the chart below shows.

chart of how Portland student get to school

Safe Routes to School currently works directly in 80 Portland schools.  The work can include encouragement programs such as organizing a walking school bus, that brings different families together to walk to school safely, and engineering reports which help schools plan for better infrastructure like crosswalks and safer bicycling facilities.

Maplewood Elementary in Southwest Portland now has five different walking school buses meeting at various locations in the neighborhood.  Safe Routes to School staff worked with Maplewood parents and administrators to help organize the walking school buses. Maplewood’s most recent survey showed 22% of students getting to school by walking, up from 15% when Safe Routes to School started its work there in 2009. 

With help from Safe Routes to School staff, Beach Elementary in North Portlandhas developed a highly successful bike train, bringing families together to bike to school.  Beach has also been one of the program’s most active schools, taking part in International Walk + Bike to School Day and Walk + Bike Challenge Month and including all 2nd and 5th graders in the Safe Routes to School comprehensive pedestrian and bicycling education curriculum.  Our latest surveys show that walking and bicycling to school has grown from 40% of trips in 2009 to almost 60% in 2012.

Lewis Elementary in Southeast Portland includes many families that regularly walk and bicycle to school.  In 2012, over 56% of parents that took the survey reported bicycling or walking as their family’s primary mode for accessing school.  Last year, Safe Routes to School helped start a Stop + Walk program in partnership with the local Key Bank branch and built a covered bicycle parking shelter for students riding to school.

These are just a few examples of the work Safe Routes to School is doing in Portland schools and the dividends it’s paying for our students, neighborhoods, and communities.  To learn more and get involved, visit the Safe Routes to School website.

Sunday Parkways dates, routes for 2013

This year’s dates and locations for five Sunday Parkways, the popular summertime events presented by the City of Portland and Kaiser Permanente, were announced today.

“Sunday Parkways events are a great opportunity to get to know your neighborhood and your city. Nancy and I have attended them. As family-friendly events go, these can’t be beat,” said Portland Mayor Charlie Hales.

The five dates and locations scheduled for Sunday Parkways 2013 are:

  • May 12 in East Portland;
  • June 23 in Northeast Portland; 
  • July 28 in North Portland;
  • August 25 in Southeast Portland; and,
  • September 29 in Southwest Portland.

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. Estimates put total attendance at more than 100,000 annually. Residents and visitors say they come to enjoy the traffic-free loop of streets connecting parks and schools filled with activities, music and vendors. It’s safe, family-friendly and a chance to meet neighbors.

"Sunday Parkways is the perfect prescription for health: it’s fun, free and gets you and your family and friends up and moving and out and about on a Sunday," said Dr. Keith Bachman, a Kaiser Permanente internist. "As a doctor, I know that exercise is truly vital for health, which is why we ask about it at every visit along with blood pressure and heart rate. My family and I look forward to Sunday Parkways every year.”

Sunday Parkways is organized by the Portland Bureau of Transportation thanks to presenting sponsor Kaiser Permanente and champion sponsor Universal Cycles. Additional sponsors include Portland Parks & Recreation, Metro, Clif Kids, Whole Foods Market, Franz Bakery, REI and AARP Oregon.

Sunday Parkways takes place on one Sunday each month from May through September in a different area of the city. More information about Sunday Parkways is available at and by calling 503-823-7599.

Making Swan Island Safer for All Travel Modes

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PBOT installs Rapid Flash Beacon at N Basin Avenue

Swan Island houses the region’s largest cluster of advanced manufacturing and metal fabrication jobs. Over 10,000 employees work for regionally significant employers such as Daimler, Vigor Industrial, Columbia Wire and Iron, UPS, the Port of Portland, Columbia Distributing and the US Coast Guard. 

Swan Island also contains an active group of bicycle, pedestrian and transit commuters. Daimler Trucks North America posted the highest number of new bike commuters in the 2012 Bike Commute Challenge. The Island is also home to over a mile of multi-use path along the Willamette River.

Swan Island’s mixture of semi-trucks, bicyclists, transit riders and pedestrians can create a challenging travel environment. Through the Going to the River Project the Portland Bureau of Transportation is investing over $2 million in federal funds to optimize access to one of the state's largest employment centers. Funded through the Oregon Department of Transportation’s State Flexible Funds program, the project bundles capital investments with commuter encouragement activities.

Until the Waud Bluff trail is completed, N Going Street provides the sole access on and off Swan Island. To accommodate the freight demands on the island, N Going at some points has six lanes. The road’s very steep grade tends to encourage high speeds.

At the bottom of this hill, pedestrians and bicyclists seeking to access the west side of Swan Island must leave Going’s separated multi-use path and cross N. Basin Avenue. The limited sightlines make this crossing even more challenging. “Before the improvements, I felt that crossing Basin Avenue was the most dangerous crossing on the island,” said Swan Island Transportation Management Director Sarah Angell.

As part of Going to the River project, this winter PBOT installed a Rapid Flash Beacon to increase safety by alerting drivers to pedestrians’ and bicyclists’ intent to cross the street. A Rapid Flash Beacon catches drivers’ attention with a pair of light emitting diodes (LEDs) mounted on a pole under a pedestrian crossing sign. When the beacon is activated by a push-button system, its yellow LEDs begin flashing. (Motorists are required to stop for pedestrians according to Oregon law even if the beacons are not lit.)

“It works like a charm,” said Angell. “Given the fast-moving traffic, the TMA has been very impressed by how well drivers are responding to the flashing lights. It has made for a dramatically safer crossing.”

City expands Jeld-Wen Field Event District parking program boundaries

City expands Jeld-Wen Field Event District parking program boundaries

(PORTLAND, Ore.) – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) announced today that it is expanding the Jeld-Wen Field Event District parking program boundaries to provide more parking for event goers and reduce the impact on adjacent neighborhoods. The new event district boundaries will extend from the south side of West Burnside Street to Southwest Jefferson Street and from Southwest 18th Avenue down to but not including Southwest 12th Avenue. The expansion is necessary because the event district was parked virtually to full capacity during large events at the stadium. 

“By expanding the event district down to 12th Avenue, we now manage an additional 182 on-street parking spaces for a total of 631 spaces available during authorized events at Jeld-Wen Field. This enables us to provide event goers more access while lessening the impact on adjacent neighborhoods,” said Robert Burchfield, City Traffic Engineer. 

The event parking rate of $3.50 per hour at parking meters in the event district applies during event hours versus the non-event rate of $1.60 that applies all other hours. With the event district expansion, an additional 27 parking pay stations will be programmed to apply the event rate for a period of up to four hours, beginning 90 minutes before the start of the event. 

City crews will begin installing new parking signs later this month and complete work by early March to coincide with the start of the Portland Timbers Major League Soccer schedule on March 3. Three signs per block will identify the event parking area and direct parkers to pay stations for event day and parking rate information. 

“We are pleased with the effectiveness of the City’s event parking rate and the area parking permit program, which has helped make getting to and from Jeld-Wen Field efficient and fan-friendly,” said Ken Puckett, Senior Vice President of Operations for the Portland Timbers.