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Traffic Advisory: Expect bike, pedestrian delays as lower deck of Steel Bridge raises for Rose Festival Fleet Week ships and repairs June 8, 9 and 13

(June 7, 2016) – The arrival and departure of Fleet Week ships for the Portland Rose Festival will require the closure of the lower deck of the Steel Bridge on June 8, 9 and 13. Because the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Union Pacific Railroad are also making mechanical and electrical repairs to the structure, the lower deck will be held in the raised position, closed to bike and pedestrian access, for up to four to six hours each day.

Since the lower deck of the Steel Bridge was opened in 2001, it has become a popular route for people bike and walking. The deck will be closed from 2 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday June 8 and Thursday June 9. If ships are able to pass before 6 p.m., the deck will be lowered and access restored as soon as possible.

The lower deck will be raised again on Monday June 13, from 5 a.m. to 12 p.m. If ships are able to pass before noon, the deck will be lowered and access restored as soon as possible.

Public access to the upper deck will be maintained, but expect intermittent bridge closures from 2 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday and on Monday morning as ships arrive and depart.

The Broadway, Burnside, and Steel drawbridges will need to open for ship arrivals and departures. Travelers can avoid delays by choosing a fixed span bridge or a bridge south of the Burnside Bridge. For bridge information, visit For event information, visit

For information on impacts to TriMet bus service, check

The traveling public is advised to expect delays while ships are arriving and departing.


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 Blog: PBOT partners make Portland Safe Streets Fair a success

By Matt Ferris-Smith, Portland Bureau of Transportation

Nearly a dozen organizations helped promote traffic safety at the Portland Safe Streets Fair on June 6, 2016. People who attended the fair shared their vision for safe streets, pinpointed problem spots and learned about the city’s Vision Zero effort.

illustrating a vision for safe streets

Arnoud Van Sisseren of PBOT (middle) and Nomin Lyons of Design+Culture Lab (right) illustrate a participant’s vision for safe streets, adding to visions articulated by other participants. Photo by Felicity J. Mackay, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

Living Cully and Verde hosted the event at Living Cully Plaza in Northeast Portland. Other partner organizations included AARP, Andando en Bicicletas en Cully, Bicycle Transportation Alliance, Black Parent Initiative, Elders in Action, Hacienda, Metro, Oregon and Southwest Washington Families for Safe Streets and Oregon Walks.

safe streets partners

Tony DeFalco of Living Cully (left) and Teresa Raigaa of Andando en Bicicletas en Cully share information about community-led projects in the neighborhood. Photo by Felicity J. Mackay, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

More than 40 people attended the fair, which provided food, childcare, prizes, Spanish translation and entertainment from bike-themed clowns. 

Connected Cully

PBOT Capital Project Manager Liz Mahon (left, in vest) spoke with fair attendees about Connected Cully, a $3 million project to make walking and biking safer. Photo by Felicity J. Mackay, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

PBOT will hold additional outreach events this summer leading up to the completion of the Vision Zero Action Plan, which will describe how Portland will eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries. Partner organizations are contributing to this effort through an executive committee, a task force and a technical advisory committee.

Vision Zero pledge

Sharon White of PBOT helps attendees sign the Vision Zero Pledge , which identifies actions individuals can take to make streets safer. Photo by Felicity J. Mackay, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

View additional photos of the event at: 

Get ready for Pedalpalooza

Pedalpalooza starts tomorrow - marks 14 years of bringing bikey fun to Portland!

(June 8, 2016) bike summer posterPedalpalooza is 3+ weeks of bikey fun, as they say. With nearly 300 different events, most organized by individuals like you, bikers of all persuasions are likely to find many events of interest - and most events are free!

SHIFT facilitates Pedalpalooza and is entirely volunteer run. In 2002, Portland hosted Bike Summer, a month-long celebration of bicycles and bike culture that drew more than 5,000 participants to events including bike-in movies, family rides, bike parades, bike repair workshops, and more. Bike Summer began in 1999 in San Francisco with the idea of traveling to a different city each year. The positive community response led local organizers to for SHIFT and continue the fun in Portland every year. Pedalpalooza was born with an open source online calendar as the main organizing summer poster

Anyone and everyone can create, or suggest, an event using the online calendar. This year, Pedalpalooza takes place June 9 to July 4 and includes event favorites such as the Big Lebowski Ride, Disco Superhero Ride, Pokémon Ride, and a Poetry Reading Ride that help keep Portland weird and proud. The calendar even offers a range of family friendly rides such as a Cargo Bike 101 Ride, a Magical Unicorn Ride and a Kidical Mass Ride.

Check out the full calendar here and be sure to get out and enjoy the fun.

News Release: Public invited to cheer on Mayor Hales’s Smart City Challenge presentation Thursday

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(June 8, 2016)  – The Portland Bureau of Transportation will gather staff, partners and the public in the Portland Building Auditorium to watch Mayor Charlie Hales present Portland’s Smart City Challenge application to U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx via an online broadcast.

The U.S. Department of Transportation is hosting the mayors of the seven cities that are Smart City Challenge finalists. The city that wins the Challenge will receive up to $40 million from USDOT to help create a fully integrated, first-of-its-kind city that uses data, technology and creativity to shape how people and goods move in the future.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pacific Time on Thursday June 9, each mayor will take turns making a “final pitch” presentation, including a short video and discussion with Secretary Foxx. Mayor Hales is scheduled to present at 11:45 a.m. PST. The mayors will be seated together on a stage at the Long View Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Learn more about the Smart City Challenge. Anyone can sign up to watch the “final pitch” presentations online from your own computer, but registration is requested.


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: BIKETOWN, Portland’s Bike Share System, to Launch on July 19

Memberships are now available at, with first 1,000 registrants designated as “Founding Members”


Portland, OR, June 14, 2016 – Portland Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick and Portland Bureau of Transportation Director Leah Treat announced today that BIKETOWN, Portland’s next generation bike share system, will launch on July 19. Membership sales begin today at, and the first 1,000 individuals to sign up for membership will be BIKETOWN “Founding Members,” receiving a commemorative key to access the system and a special BIKETOWN Founding Member T-shirt. The first 500 members to sign up (using access code PDX500) will get their first month of membership free thanks to a sponsorship from Metro.

“With today’s announcement, we are taking another giant step toward making BIKETOWN a reality,” said Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick. “When we launch on July 19th, we’re going to have one of the best bike share systems in the world.”

PBOT and its partners also unveiled a map of the first 100 BIKETOWN station locations. The map is available at The stations will house 1,000 "smart bikes" with the latest technology. Customers will be able to check out a bike using a smartphone, a computer, a member card, or by typing in their member number and PIN into the keypad on the bike. Bikes can also be parked at thousands of publicly-accessible bike racks in the service area. Users who park a bike outside of a station will be charged an additional fee, and users who return such bikes to the stations will receive a credit. Every bike’s exact location can be viewed in real-time from the system’s website or smartphone app. The app will be available shortly before the program launches.

BIKETOWN stations were selected with extensive public involvement. An online portal received more than 4,500 comments, and staff led more than 40 meetings with community groups, local businesses and five public workshops.

“This station map gives Portlanders 100 more reasons to be excited about BIKETOWN,” Transportation Director Leah Treat said. “I want to thank the thousands of Portlanders who took the time to give us their input on station locations. July 19th can’t come soon enough!”

Annual memberships for BIKETOWN will cost $12 per month, and include 90 minutes of riding time each day. Single-ride passes and 24-hour passes will also be available when the system launches for those who want to use the program more occasionally, including tourists.

Nike designed the innovative visual identity for BIKETOWN's standard bike, which is modeled after the Nike orange shoe box. BIKETOWN will also launch with three unique, limited-edition bike wrap designs – inspired by iconic Nike sneakers – across 100 of the system’s 1,000 bikes. More details will be revealed prior to the July 19 launch. 

BIKETOWN member card

BIKETOWN founding member tshirt



Membership cost

$12 / month*

Number of rides included


Ride time included

90 minutes / day

Ride time over 90 minutes

10 cents / minute

Parking-out-of-station fee


Out-of-network fee


Reward for bringing bike from out-of-station back to a station

+ $1 account credit



BIKETOWN is Portland’s bike share system, launching on July 19, 2016 with 1,000 bikes available to ride from one point to another for a small fee. BIKETOWN is a partnership between the City of Portland’s Portland Bureau of Transportation and Nike, the program’s sole title sponsor. BIKETOWN is operated by Motivate, the world’s leading bike share operator. It will use innovative new “smart bikes” which will make it easy to find, rent and park a BIKETOWN bike. BIKETOWN is designed to be affordable and accessible, encouraging even more Portlanders to ride and allowing visitors to experience the city by bike. Portland joins over 60 US cities, including New York, Chicago, Washington DC, San Antonio, Indianapolis, Boise and Austin and 500 cities worldwide that have popular, safe and successful bike share systems.

About PBOT
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. To learn more about PBOT’s efforts to encourage bicycle use and make safer routes for bicycling, see the bureau’s Active Transportation web site.

About Nike
Nike believes in the power of sport and physical activity to help strengthen communities. As a longtime partner with the City of Portland, BIKETOWN highlights the company’s commitment to make Portland even more active, vibrant and innovative. As the title sponsor of BIKETOWN, Nike designed the innovative visual identity for the program’s standard bike which will be the highly identifiable orange that is synonymous with Nike. In addition, Nike oversees the design and branding of the system’s logo, stations and physical presence, as well as a select number of limited edition bike wrap designs. 

About Motivate: Motivate is a global leader in bike share. A full-service bike share operator and technology innovator, Motivate works to re-envision how people experience and move around cities. Motivate operates over 75% of the bike share fleet in North America, including the four largest systems in the US: Citi Bike in New York, Divvy in Chicago, Capital Bikeshare in the D.C. area, Bay Area Bike Share (San Francisco Bay Area) and Hubway in the Boston area. International Motivate bike shares include Bike Share Toronto and Melbourne Bike Share (Australia).