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3 great reasons to attend the February Fix-It Fair

Workshops, classes, minor bike fixes - even free lunch!

Safe Routes staff at a FixIt Fair(February 19, 2015) The final Fix-It Fair of the season takes place this Saturday, February 21st from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm at David Douglas High School (101 SE 135th Ave) and there are a number of great reasons why you should be there. Fix-It Fairs are free and offer Portlanders the opportunity to connect with your neighbors and talk to the experts on a range of topics including health, food and nutrition, water and energy savings, gardening and even active transportation. See the brochure for the February 2015 Fix-It Fair here.

Reason no. 1: Our own Safe Routes to School program will again offer free minor bike repairs for students and families. Mechanics from Bikes for Humanity and Bike Farm volunteer their time to fix as many bikes as possible at the fair. Please deliver your bike for repair before 2:00pm to give our volunteer mechanics plenty of time to complete their work before the fair ends at 3:00pm.

Reason no. 2: Portland By Cycle will offer an All-Season Cycling class at 12:00 Noon. Experienced riders will share their tips and techniques for staying warm, dry, comfortable and safe while riding year round.

Reason no. 3: This fair will offer a series of workshops in Spanish and as always, free on-site childcare and lunch will be provided.

For more information on the Fix-It Fairs, check out the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability’s website or download the brochure (pdf) for Saturday’s event. 

News Advisory: Evening crosswalk enforcement action to highlight pedestrian safety Feb. 25 at SE Division Street and SE 31st Avenue

(February 19, 2015) -- The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland Police Bureau advise the traveling public that a crosswalk enforcement action is scheduled for the evening of Wednesday, February 25 to raise awareness of pedestrian safety and traffic law.

The enforcement action will take place from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the marked crossing on SE Division Street at SE 31st Avenue.

This crossing and others along this section of the newly redesigned SE Division Street corridor are heavily used by pedestrians accessing TriMet, retail shops, restaurants, residences, and other locations.  The timing was chosen to highlight pedestrian safety during the busy evening hours.

The crosswalk enforcement action reinforces the safety improvements installed as part of the recently completed Division Streetscape Project, a joint project between the transportation and environmental services bureaus.

A crosswalk enforcement action involves a pedestrian decoy who crosses the street at marked or unmarked crosswalks while police officers monitor the street for traffic violations. These actions are designed to inform the public of longstanding Oregon crosswalk laws and to improve pedestrian safety.  Drivers who fail to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk and pedestrians who jaywalk may be issued a warning or citation by the Portland Police Bureau.

Crosswalk enforcement actions are an effective way to communicate pedestrian right of way laws to both drivers and pedestrians. The transportation and police bureaus conduct enforcement actions about once each month in response to requests by community members, city traffic safety engineers, and Portland Police to educate the general public on the rules at marked and unmarked crossings.

Learn more about the Transportation Bureau’s safety work at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/40390 and pedestrian rights and responsibilities at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/article/435879

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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

UPDATED Traffic Advisory: Winter paving to close lanes on SE Belmont from SE 12th Ave to SE Grand Ave on Feb. 23 and 24th

(February 19, 2015) -- Update: PBOT crews are returning to this stretch of Belmont to finish paving on Monday, February 23rd and Tuesday, February 24th. Work hours and lane closures will be in effect from 7 a.m. through 5 p.m. each day.
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The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on SE Belmont Street from SE 12th Avenue to SE Grand Avenue from Tuesday, February 3rd through Friday, February 6th, 7 a.m. through 3 p.m. each weekday. This project may also include some weekend work.

Two lanes will remain open during the afternoon rush hour. Parking will be removed during work hours.

The lane closures and parking removal will allow crews to grind 1.16 lane miles of pavement in preparation for paving at a later date.

PBOT street improvement crews work through the winter, adjusting tasks based on weather conditions. Crews will grind down old asphalt and prepare street surfaces for paving even in cold and rainy conditions. They will return to complete paving during a window of dry weather.

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 flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.

This work is weather-dependent and the schedule may change

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Traffic Advisory: Winter paving to close lanes on NW Front Ave on Sunday, Feb. 22 from NW Doane to NW Kittridge avenues

(February 19, 2015) - The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on NW Front Avenue from NW Doane Avenue to NW Kittridge Avenue on Sunday, February 22nd from 7 a.m. through 5 p.m.

The lane closures will allow crews to grind 2.07 lane miles of pavement in preparation for paving at a later date. PBOT crews are working on Sunday to minimize disruption to travelers in an area of the city heavily traveled during weekdays.

PBOT street improvement crews work through the winter, adjusting tasks based on weather conditions. Crews will grind down old asphalt and prepare street surfaces for paving even in cold and rainy conditions. They will return to complete paving during a window of dry weather.

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 flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.

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

Bring your energy and passion for change to the Oregon Active Transportation Summit

Early bird registration for the Summit ends Friday, Feb. 27

Oregon Active Transportation Summit logo(February 23, 2015) Join professionals and citizen advocates from around the state in discussions on how to create healthy, vibrant communities across Oregon. The Active Transportation Summit is Oregon’s premier annual conference on biking, walking and transit. Two days of inspiring mobile workshops, plenaries, professional training and networking will take place March 30-31 at the Sentinel Hotel in downtown Portland.

You can take advantage of early bird registration until Friday, February 27. Choose to attend one or both days; registration includes light breakfast, lunch and a networking reception on Day 1 and lunch on Day 2.  A limited number of scholarships are available. To apply for a scholarship, you’ll need to fill out a brief scholarship application by noon on Monday, March 2. Scholarships will be announced by Monday, March 9.

Read all about the Summit here.  Contact Stephanie Noll at stephanie@btaoregon.org or 503-226-0676 for more information.