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Legacy Health provides low-cost bike helmets

You can get $6 bike helmets and hear music tonight!

Families being fitted with bike helmets(July 8, 2015) Do you or a family you know need low-cost bike helmets? Legacy Health and Trauma Nurses Talk Tough provide low-cost multi-sport helmets through their Safety Center and at community sales events throughout the metro region.

You have an opportunity tonight, Wednesday, July 8, to enjoy free music and fit your whole family for $6 bike helmets at Dawson Park, N Stanton and Williams, from 4-6pm. This is part of the Portland Parks and Recreation Concerts in the Park series

Legacy Emanuel Medical Center and the Randall Children’s Hospital Health Fair will also host a $6 helmet sale in the Emanuel Atrium, 501 N Graham, on Saturday, August 8 from 10am to 2pm. Learn more about Legacy Health Safety Center and Trauma Nurses Talk Tough at

News Release: PBOT prepares to install 24 pedestrian safety beacons in East Portland; Educational brochures being distributed in multiple languages

(July 9, 2015) -  To improve safety for pedestrians crossing busy East Portland streets, the Portland Bureau of Transportation will install 24 new Rapid Flash Beacons later this summer and fall at key crossings and is leading a new effort to raise community awareness about the beacons and their use.

RFB on 80th and Foster

Over the next several weeks, the Bureau will distribute multi-lingual flyers about the flashing beacons to community locations including libraries, social service agencies, health centers, and community centers.  In addition, the Bureau has placed multi-lingual ads in neighborhood newspapers.

“A driver is far more likely to stop for a pedestrian at crossings with beacons than without. These flashing lights can be a matter of life and death on busy, wide streets where the beacons will be installed,” said Commissioner Steve Novick. “These beacons are a great example of the types of safety improvements that are needed to advance our Vision Zero strategy— certainly in East Portland, but also throughout the entire city.”    

The solar-powered LED beacons flash yellow when a pedestrian pushes a button, signaling drivers to stop and stay stopped to allow people to cross safely.  They are being installed on streets that PBOT has designated as High Crash Corridors because of their safety needs. (See map and listing of the beacons.)

The exact dates for activation will vary and the first beacons to come on line will be near two schools: NE 102nd Avenue and Skidmore near Prescott Elementary School and the west side of SE 122nd Avenue and Lincoln Street, near Mill Park. 

“These flashing beacons deliver a needed safety improvement to East Portland and allow residents of all ages and abilities to travel safely to their destinations.  Shopping, going to work, taking transit, going to the park should not be a dangerous experience. These flashing beacons will make our East Portland streets safer,” said Leah Treat, director of the Portland Bureau of Transportation.

While EVERY intersection is a legal crosswalk that requires motorists to stop for pedestrians, compliance levels vary and can be especially low on busy multi-lane streets such as those in East Portland.  Another hazard on multi-lane streets occurs when a vehicle in one lane stops, but a vehicle in an adjacent lane doesn’t. Such “double threat” incidents have led to several pedestrian deaths over the years.

The Federal Highway Administration has found that these flashing beacons are highly effective at increasing driver yielding rates to pedestrians in crosswalks. An FHWA study showed that four out of five drivers stop at crossings when flashing beacons are triggered, versus one out of five at marked crosswalks without flashing beacons.

The new beacons and related communications are part of PBOT's Vision Zero initiative to eliminate deaths and serious injuries from Portland’s roadways.  Building enhanced pedestrian crossings on busy roadways is a key strategy to achieving this vision. 

PBOT first installed the devices as an experiment in 2010 on two High Crash Corridors - at SE Foster at SE 80th and SE 82nd Ave south of SE Francis - and quickly found them to be effective. When the 24 installations are complete in 2016, Portland will have 55 beacons throughout the city.

For more information: View Flashing beacon flyers in multiple languages describe how pedestrians should use and drivers should respond to flashing beacons, and a  Beacon Buddies short video about how pedestrians use the flashing beacons.

Photo credit: David Ashton; Photo caption: Flashing beacons, such as this one on SE Foster Road, helps improve pedestrian safety


Find out more about PBOT’s safety work and Vision Zero, PBOT’s goal of making our transportation system the safest possible and moving towards zero traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries by 2025.


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.

Traffic Advisory: Street improvements to close lanes on NE 15th/16th in Lloyd District July 13-16; project to add pedestrian, bicycle safety upgrades

(July 10, 2015)  – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on NE 15th and 16th avenues from NE Multnomah Street to NE Weidler Street from Monday, July 13  through Thursday, July 16, 7 a.m. through 5 p.m. each day.

The lane closures will allow crews to pave .4 lane miles of the street. The paving project also will allow the installation of crossing improvements near a senior center on the superblock and the widening of the bicycle lanes.  This street carries a light level of motor traffic and the widening of the bicycle lanes is projected to have no impact on travel times for motor vehicles, while improving the safety and comfort of people traveling on foot and bicycle.

During the paving project, lane closures will be in effect during project hours. Access will be maintained for businesses and residents.

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.


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.

News Release: Director Treat announces PBOT surpasses Back to Basics goal to preserve 100 miles of streets

Back to Basics map

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(July 14, 2015) Transportation Director Leah Treat announced today that the Portland Bureau of Transportation surpassed its goal of preserving 100 lane miles of City streets during the budget year that ended June 30.

The 103 miles preserved in fiscal year 2014-15 equals the total miles treated in the prior year, but represents more than double the lane miles of streets preserved in 2012-13.

Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick set the goal of 100 miles of street preservation two years ago and have continued their advocacy for more transportation investment.

“Basic maintenance is a smart investment because it saves money in the long run,” said Novick, who oversees PBOT. “If we spend a little money now to keep roads in good condition, more costly road rebuilds can be prevented and delayed. The Mayor and I set the 100 miles of preservation goal, and I’m glad the transportation bureau is making it an annual tradition to surpass that goal, even with limited resources.”

Treat said that PBOT has its sights set on a third year of preserving 100 miles of streets in fiscal year 2015-16, which started July 1.

“This is no longer an aspirational goal. This is business as usual for the City of Portland,” Treat said. “Portland Progress, the two-year workplan that PBOT adopted in February, makes it clear that street preservation is fundamental to our mission as the steward of the City’s transportation system. Our asset managers pick the right projects to preserve the system. And our maintenance crews work hard and always search for new techniques to get the job done.”

Mayor Hales and Commissioner Novick continue to make maintenance a high priority. They successfully advocated for a budget for 2015-16 includes the largest General Fund investment in transportation in 30 years. The Council approved $20 million more for basic transportation investments, for a total $29 million from the city’s General Fund.

PBOT uses a variety of treatments that help prevent potholes from occurring and save money. A fog seal preventive sealant costs at least $8,500 a lane mile. If PBOT waits for that same street to fall into poor condition, it could cost at least $1 million to $2 million to rebuild.

Crews preserved the 103 lane miles using a variety of street preservation techniques. In 2014-15, PBOT completed a total of 56 lane miles of grinding and repaving the street surface -- work that is mainly conducted on high-traffic streets. Crews treated 44 lane miles with fog seal, a technique used mainly on low-traffic neighborhood streets. On 3 lane miles, workers completed base repairs, in which they dig up, repair and repave badly damaged areas of streets.

A lane mile is one mile of street that is 12-feet wide. In 2015-16, PBOT expects to apply more crack sealing to arterial streets, as a way to extend the life of those streets and avoid more costly rebuilds and repaving projects. At a news conference on North Argyle Street, crews demonstrated how it works.

For every $15 million we invest in preventive maintenance, PBOT estimates the City can avoid at least $50 million a year in future costs.

“We make the most of limited resources by doing the right work, at the right place, at the right time,” Treat said.


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.


Special preview of Tilikum Crossing for seniors and people with disabilities

TriMet has shuttles to and from the event, crossing the Tilikum after Bridge Pedal

Tilikum Crossing and public art(July 16, 2015)  TriMet’s Committee on Accessible Transportation is offering a preview event of the Tilikum Crossing, Bridge of the People, designed especially for seniors and/or people with disabilities and their families.

The event begins at the new OMSI/SE Water Avenue MAX Station at 2210 SE 2nd Place on the east side of the bridge.

You must RSVP to attend. Contact Beth Murray at by July 31st to reserve your spot as space is limited.

Learn more about the event here: