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Dylan Rivera

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503-823-3723

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News Release: Bike Month kicks off in Portland, nationwide; PBOT encourages Portlanders to get on a bike, have fun and enjoy spring

(May 1, 2015) - In celebration of National Bike Month in May, the Portland Bureau of Transportation is hosting over a dozen events, including rides, clinics and refreshment stations to encourage people to get out, get active and have fun.  National Bike Month also celebrates people who already are riding and encourages them to invite friends and colleagues to join in the fun of biking to work, school and everyday errands.

bike month logo“I am greatly looking forward to Bike Month and all of the events that it includes,” said City Commissioner Novick, who oversees transportation. “Bicycles are serious business. Bicyclists are healthier than car commuters, saving millions in health care costs. Bicyclists are reducing carbon emissions and preserving the planet. Also, the bicycle community contributes millions to our local economy and to the resiliency of our city.”

A complete list of events may be found at www.pdxbikemonth.com. Highlighted events include:

  • A “Quick Fix Bike Breakfast” at City Hall on May 5 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Visitors can have dusty but functional bikes quickly fixed up with free air for their tires and lube for chains. Breakfast snacks and coffee will also be served for free. 
  • On May 6, Mayor Charlie Hales will proclaim May 10-16 as Active Transportation Week, citing Portland as a Platinum bicycle-friendly city, Sunday Parkways’ popularity and that bicycling has changed commute choices, reducing single-commuter trips from 64 percent to 57 percent since 2000. 
  • PBOT will kick off its Sunday Parkways season on Mother’s Day, May 10 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in East Portland. Portland Sunday Parkways presented by Kaiser Permanente is a series of family-friendly events that creates a car-free loop on city streets where participants can walk, jog, bicycle, roller skate, skate board and dance. The on-street loop also connects several parks where people can enjoy food and healthy, fun activities.
  • For the first time ever, PBOT will hold an “Every Bike Counts” 24-hour Bike Count on SE 28th and Ankeny beginning noon on May 14.  Volunteers will work round-the-clock to tally all bike rides through that crossing and hear why people ride and where they go.

“I invite all Portlanders to join in the fun, get on a bike and participate in our many events,” said Portland Bureau of Transportation Director Leah Treat. “All these events are designed to inspire people to ride every day. As the weather warms up, it’s the perfect time for Portlanders of all ages to ride, roll and stroll through our neighborhoods and enjoy Portland’s world-famous bicycle network.”

PBOT also is holding free clinics and bike rides throughout the May and the rest of spring and summer. Topics include Cycling Essentials, Bike Maintenance Basics, Family Bicycling and Shopping by Bike.

In addition to PBOT events, many employers and organizations are holding their own National Bike Month events throughout May to kick off the fair weather bicycling season.

People are encouraged to share their ride experience and encourage others by posting to social media with the hashtag #pdxbikemonth.  For more information, visit www.pdxbikemonth.com.

 

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News Release: Presidential visit Thursday and Friday expected to cause traffic delays

(May 5, 2015) - President Barack Obama will be visiting the Portland Metro area on Thursday and Friday this week and the Portland Police Bureau would like to make the public aware of several traffic-related inconveniences that are expected. 


The Bureau understands the impacts to commuters, businesses and people frequenting Downtown Portland and appreciates patience and understanding during a Presidential visit.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is encouraging people to work from home (if possible) or ride a bicycle in to work to avoid being stuck in some of the vehicular traffic delays.

The area from Southwest Morrison to Washington, 9th to 12th Avenues will be closed to all traffic, including the Portland Streetcar. The closure will begin at 2:00 p.m. Thursday and is expected to reopen at 8:00 p.m. There will be limited pedestrian access to the closed area, at Southwest 11th Avenue and Morrison Street.

Portland Streetcar will run a modified service with Central Loop trains connecting NW 23rd Ave to the Lloyd District and OMSI via the Broadway Bridge.

The North/South line will operate between South Waterfront and Portland State University. There will be no Streetcar Service on 10th and 11th Avenues from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The area from Southwest Morrison to Stark Street, and 4th Avenue to Broadway, will be closed to all traffic, including the TriMet bus mall and the Yellow and Green MAX lines, beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, reopening at approximately 9:00 a.m. on Friday. There will be limited pedestrian access to the closed area, at Southwest 5th Avenue and Stark Street.
TriMet is encouraging riders to please plan extra time for their commute. Delays may be significant Thursday afternoon and Friday morning as police will instruct MAX trains to hold for an indefinite period of time whenever the President or his motorcade is nearby.

MAX Green and Yellow lines will be disrupted from 6:30 p.m. Thursday through 9:00 a.m. Friday. Green and Yellow lines will run on the Blue/Red tracks on 1st Ave and Morrison/Yamhill in Portland City Center. Buses will detour off the Transit Mall on 5th and 6th Avenues between Southwest Oak and Yahmill Streets from 7:00 p.m. through 9:00 a.m. Friday as well. Delays could be 30 minutes or more for both trains and buses as all traffic will be impacted.

For service information go to http://wwww.trimet.org

On Friday morning, there will be motorcades that will affect the morning commute so drivers should be especially aware of these disruptions.

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Portland Police Contact Info:
Sgt. Pete Simpson
peter.simpson@portlandoregon.gov
Desk: 503-823-0830
Media-Only Pager: 503-790-1779

Alternate Public Information Officer:
Sgt. Greg Stewart
greg.stewart@portlandoregon.gov
Media-Only Pager: (503) 790-1779 

Portland Bureau of Transportation Contact Info:

Dylan Rivera

Public Information Officer

Office: (503) 823-3723

Cell: (503) 577-7534

dylan.rivera@portlandoregon.gov

Traffic Advisory: Spring paving to close lanes on N Channel Avenue from May 11-19

(May 6, 2015)  – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on N Channel Avenue from Dolphin St to Anchor Street from Monday, May 11 to Tuesday May 19 from 7 a.m. through 5 p.m. each work day.

The lane closures will allow crews to prepare the road surface and pave 1.76 lane miles.

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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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

News Release: Sunday Parkways season begins on Mother’s Day in East Portland; City Council proclaims May 10-16 Active Transportation Week

(May 6, 2015) –  The City of Portland Sunday Parkways presented by Kaiser Permanente begins the season with a traffic-free route in East Portland for bicycling, strolling and playing in the streets this Sunday, Mother’s Day, May 10 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This family-friendly free event also is the kick off to Active Transportation Week, which the Portland City Council has designated to be celebrated from May 10 to 16. The council proclamation, introduced by Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick, recognizes Portland as a platinum-rated bicycle-friendly city and the role bicycling plays in the city’s and people’s health.  Active Transportation Week encourages all Portlanders regardless of age, income, ability or location to enjoy a healthy active lifestyle by walking, strolling, bicycling and otherwise using human power to travel and play.

“Sunday Parkways offers a wonderful start to Active Transportation Week and is one of my favorite ways for our family to celebrate Mother’s Day,” said PBOT Director Leah Treat. “My husband and our kids love getting out to play in the streets while seeing so many Portlanders smiling and active.  I also appreciate how Sunday Parkways introduces people to neighborhood greenways, streets that are designed be used every day for safe, active and healthy transportation.”

The East Portland Sunday Parkways route runs along some of the City’s newest neighborhood greenways, residential streets with low speed limits that are marked with bicycle symbols on the pavement. 

The event’s detailed Sunday Parkways route map  shows the route as well as bus and light rail options to help area residents get to Sunday Parkways via bike and transit.

Sunday Parkways is a series of five free community events opening the city's largest public space – its streets – for people to walk, bike, roll and discover active transportation.  The event series, held in a different neighborhood once a month from May to September, is hugely popular; total attendance topped 108,000 last year.

The Sunday Parkways route also will connect some of the beautiful natural areas that are located in East Portland, such as Foster Floodplain Natural Area as well as Lents, Ed Benedict, Glenwood and Bloomington Parks plus Gilbert Heights Elementary School.

Each park includes ways for everyone to get moving during Active Transportation Week, offering activities such as Hula hooping, Zumba classes and a children’s circus. The parks also include good food and music, and a chance to connect with community businesses and organizations. For maps and more information, visit www.PortlandSundayParkways.org or call 503-823-7599. Follow us on Facebook at PortlandSundayParkways and on Twitter @SundayParkways.

In addition to Sunday Parkways, and Active Transportation Week, May is National Bike Month,. For additional Bike Month activities see www.pdxbikemonth.com.

 

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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

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

 Sunday Parkway Sponsors 2015

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Portland’s first 24-hour volunteer bike count on May 14-15

Every Bike Counts

photo of bicycle count

Every Bike Counts!

(May 8, 2015) As part of May’s Bike Month festivities, PBOT’s Active Transportation Division will host Portland’s first-ever 24-hour volunteer bike count, Every Bike Counts, May 14-15 at SE Ankeny & 28th Ave. Starting at noon on Thursday and wrapping up at noon on Friday, a cadre of bike count volunteers will take turns tallying all the bikes that travel through the intersection. A nearby Celebration Station will provide bike riders with a pit stop of refreshments and chances to win prizes from local businesses.

Every Bike Counts will use the methodology of PBOT’s annual summer bike counts by tracking turning movements, helmet use, and gender of each rider. The event also aims to recruit new volunteers for the annual bike counts, which constitute the bulk of Portland’s bike ridership data. Dozens of volunteers count at more than 200 intersections across the city every summer to log bike traffic, forming an impressive database that is one of the biggest in the country.

But as extensive as Portland’s annual bike count is, it is still limited to just one two-hour count per intersection taken during peak car commute hours (typically 4-6pm, though some are completed 7-9am). This two-hour count is then used to estimate how many bikes travel through the intersection on a daily basis. We know that lots of people are riding bikes beyond typical commute hours, and that they are using bikes for trips other than the commute to work. Every Bike Counts provides an opportunity to say thanks to all those riders, no matter what time of day or where their destination.

Monitoring one intersection for 24 hour will also provide some interesting qualitative data by asking riders where they are going. How many people are using their bike to get to the grocery store? To school? To a restaurant? There will also be hourly reports on ridership – is anyone actually riding their bike at 4am?

Of course, more sophisticated methods for gathering 24-hour ridership data exist – such as the automated hose counts on Portland’s five bike-friendly bridges (Broadway, Burnside, Hawthorne, Morrison and Steel). However, it is cost-prohibitive to have these at more than just a few locations. Obtaining quality data across the city is a necessary goal to move toward.

Better data informs better decisions for keeping Portland streets safe and traffic moving in all neighborhoods. Imagine a small, unobtrusive sensor that can track bike movements to show real-time trip data. PBOT is partnering with local startup Knock to pilot an innovative low cost bike counter. PBOT and Knock staff to conduct the first road test of the counter prototype at Every Bike Counts.

The future is almost here! But in the meantime, Portland will continue to use clipboards and pens to record history’s bike riders. Every Bike Counts provides an opportunity to celebrate today’s riders and plan for those of tomorrow.

Sign up to volunteer and help record the ride!