Skip to Main Content View Text-Only

The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 1331, Portland, OR 97204

More Contact Info

Subscribe to RSS feed

Most Recent

View Less

Media Relations

Dylan Rivera

Public Information Officer

503-823-3723

For breaking news from Portland Bureau of Transportation see our Twitter feed: @PBOTinfo

For breaking news on overall service disruptions in the Portland-Vancouver metro area, go to @publicalerts or see www.publicalerts.org 


Swan Island celebrates new bike and pedestrian projects

Business Association honors British sea captain

Family of Captain John Head & Comm. Steve NovickIn 1998, Captain Richard Head of Bristol, England had brought his ship to dock for repairs on Portland’s Swan Island. While walking back on North Channel Avenue from dinner with his wife, Captain Head was tragically struck and killed by a vehicle.

On May 30th, the family of Captain Head joined the Swan Island Business Association (SIBA), staff of Mayor Charlie Hales, Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick, Swan Island business representatives, and City of Portland and Port of Portland staff to celebrate transportation and safety enhancements on Swan Island.  Improvements on Channel Avenue include the extension of the sidewalk on N Channel Avenue, the unveiling of a plaque honoring Captain Head, and street sign toppers identifying the area as The Captain’s Walk.

Person walking across Basin Street

Captain Head’s wife, Diana Elaine Head and nephew, Christopher Head of Bristol, England were joined at the event by Captain Head’s brother, John Head. “The main thing I want to express to you today is gratitude,” said John. “Richard had a deep sense gratitude for the work of others who helped keep his ship operating at sea. And as his family, we want to extend our deep thanks and gratitude for the work you all have done to honor his memory and make this street safer for others.”

Partnership played a key role in moving the project forward. The Swan Island TMA took the lead in the design, fabrication and installation of the plaque honoring Captain Head. The Port of Portland assisted with the plaque installation and is hosting it on their property adjacent to the sidewalk. Vigor Industrial donated survey work to help with the sidewalk design and installation.  PBOT designed and installed the new sidewalk and added an additional street sign at the beginning of the new sidewalk. The Bureau of Environmental Services is assisting with the installation of sustainable stormwater facilities on the Island.

Thursday evening’s activities were one of three Swan Island TMA events celebrating the completion of four transportation and trail projects on the island: the Channel Avenue sidewalk improvement; the Basin Street rapid flash beacon; the N Going St multiuse path; and the N Ballast Street sidewalk

All these improvements were part of the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s Going to the River project, funded through the Oregon Department of Transportation’s Flexible Funds program. In addition, the Bureau of Environmental Services provided funding to support sustainable stormwater solutions at sites within the project. Going to the River bundled investments in bicycle, pedestrian, transit and transportation demand management to optimize access to and from Swan Island, one of the state’s largest employment centers. 

Waud Bluff trail Last week’s celebrations also included the official opening of Portland Parks' Waud Bluff Trail, a 1700-foot trail and bridge that connects the University Park and University of Portland community at Willamette Boulevard with Swan Island. “Along with the #72 and #85 bus lines, these improvements help provide commuters and residents a sustainable alternative to driving alone, thus reducing congestion and keeping freight moving on Swan Island,” said SIBA Director Lenny Anderson. 

View more event and project photos here.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Hales and Novick to announce 100 miles of planned street maintenance

“Passing the hard hat from Hales to Novick”

PORTLAND, Ore. – Mayor Charlie Hales and newly appointed Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick on Thursday morning will announce 100 miles of street maintenance projects planned across the city. The Back to Basics maps of 2013-14 street maintenance will be available to the public on the Transportation Bureau’s web site.

The event is Commissioner Novick’s first public event since he was appointed on Monday to lead the Transportation Bureau.

Who: Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick

What: Announce 100 miles of street maintenance planned for 2013-14 fiscal year, starting July 1 across Portland.

Visuals: Mayor Hales and Commissioner Novick will tour NE Halsey St paving project and take turns helping operate a paving machine.

When: 8 a.m. Thursday June 6.

Directions for News Media: From NE 82nd Avenue, drive east on NE Jonesmore Street (North of 82nd Ave MAX Stop), which becomes NE Halsey Street. From NE Halsey Street east, turn South on NE 88th Avenue. On-street parking is available on 88th Avenue between Halsey and NE Wasco Street.

###

Celebrating Walk + Bike to School Challenge Month

Success stories from our Safe Routes to School program’s most recent encouragement event.

Students across all of Oregon participate in May’s Walk+Bike to School Challenge Month, a free competition between students of all ages to walk, bike, scoot, or skate to school. Students track their active transportation days on a scorecard, which they then turn in for prizes.

In honor of a great Walk + Bike Challenge Month we are excited to share some of the awesome stories we heard from schools throughout the city. Ranging from first time participants to classes with 99% participation, we thought this would be the best way to kick off a fun and healthy summer. 

James John: The 99%
A class at James John was awarded the "Golden Sneaker" for the week with 99% participation! Their teacher supported the kids by walking a few extra blocks each day.

Hayhurst studentHayhurst Student Bikes to School For the First Time and Loves It
The first thing this rider said to her mom when she arrived at school on her own bicycle was, "I want to ride to school again!" She had just ridden two miles on a hilly route to Hayhurst Elementary in SW Portland and couldn't have been more proud of herself.  After her inaugural ride for Hayhurst's Earth Day celebration, she and her mother planned to ride once a week until the end of the school year. She really earned her tattoo!

Faubion Walk + Bike Week:  Visits from the Bike Fairy! 
Parent coordinator, Carol, dressed up as the Bike Fairy each day of Faubion's challenge week to remind students to participate. She also handmade raffle prizes like bike "bling"  and handy Faubion tote bags. 


Llewellyn "Park + Walk" a Huge Success
Every Friday during Walk + Bike Challenge Month, Llewellyn parents offered free coffee (donated from a local shop in Sellwood) as an incentive for families to park their cars in a parking lot two blocks from school and walk the rest of the way. Parents enjoyed free coffee and a chance to stop and chat.

Llewellyn Park and Walk

The last Friday of May the parking lot was FULL! Not only was it a great community builder, but they improved safety for walkers and bikers along the narrow street to Llewellyn.  (Photo from Llewellyn Facebook page.)

Emerson's W + B Display a Hit!
Emerson parent coordinator, Amy, asked students what they liked best about walking or biking to school, then posted the responses with photos of each student. It was a great and fun way to acknowledge students' participation!  Check out the responses:

Emerson quotes

 

TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Rose Quarter bicycle, bus traffic to detour June 10 to 12

TRAFFIC ADVISORY:

Bicycle, bus traffic to be detoured in Rose Quarter Mon. to Wed. for NE Wheeler Ave road maintenance

PORTLAND,Ore.– The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street maintenance will require the closure of a heavily traveled bicycle route in the Rose Quarter, Monday June 10 through Wednesday June 12.

A one-block section of NE Wheeler Avenue will be closed between the MAX light rail tracks and N Interstate Avenue. The closure will block all bus and bicycle traffic on the street. Automobile traffic is not allowed on the one-block section where the work will occur.

Though short, the site is on one of the busiest bike routes inPortland, carrying thousands of bicyclists a day. Cyclists are advised to expect delays and use alternate routes if possible, including the Broadway Bridge. Signs at the site will direct cyclists to use nearby sidewalks to get around the work area.

The public is also advised to travel cautiously, observe all lane closures and directions by flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.

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

###

TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Rose Quarter bicycle, bus traffic detour extends through Fri. June 14

 

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that a road closure on a heavily traveled bicycle route through the Rose Quarter will be extended through Friday, June 14.

Street maintenance on NE Wheeler Avenue started on Monday and was expected to be completed by today, but weather and other factors have extended the time needed for the work.

A one-block section of NE Wheeler Avenue is closed between the MAX light rail tracks and N Interstate Avenue. The closure blocks all bus and bicycle traffic on the street. Automobile traffic is not allowed on the one-block section.

Though short, the site is on one of the busiest bike routes in Portland, carrying thousands of bicyclists a day. Cyclists are advised to expect delays and use alternate routes if possible, including the Broadway Bridge. Signs at the site direct cyclists to use nearby sidewalks to get around the work area.

The public is also advised to travel cautiously, observe all lane closures and directions by flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.

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

###