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News Release: PBOT announces BIKETOWN expansion in North, Northeast and Southeast Portland

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PBOT announces BIKETOWN expansion in North, Northeast and Southeast Portland

(June 1, 2017) With sunny skies and prime biking weather returning to Portland, Transportation Commissioner Dan Saltzman along with PBOT officials and Alberta Main Street representatives announced a substantial expansion of the BIKETOWN service area today. 

In North Portland, the service area is expanding to the west to North Gay Avenue and will bring BIKETOWN to the Overlook neighborhood’s main street, N Killingsworth. A satellite expansion is also being piloted on Swan Island around the Daimler Trucks North America campus. The Northeast expansion will extend north to Jarrett Street and north east to NE 33rd Avenue north of Prescott and to NE 21st Avenue south of Prescott. It will encompass the Alberta Street business district along with businesses on N and NE Killingsworth. Two expansions in Southeast Portland will include Brooklyn's main street district and extend the boundary east to SE 43rd Avenue and 44th Avenue between SE Alder and Harrison. 

"We launched BIKETOWN just over ten months ago," said Commissioner Dan Saltzman, "and already we are expanding it. That is a testament to BIKETOWN's popularity. I am especially glad that this expansion is possible without any additional cost to the public." 

"Starting on day one, we received questions about when we would be expanding BIKETOWN," said Director Leah Treat. "That is why today is so exciting. With this expansion, we're delivering for our fellow Portlanders and bringing the benefits of BIKETOWN to more neighborhoods and businesses." 

PBOT opened a public comment period on the expansion on May 2nd, 2017. Over 800 Portlanders provided input, and the response was overwhelmingly in support of the proposed expansion. 

As part of the changes to the BIKETOWN service area, PBOT has also created two super hubs where users may park a BIKETOWN bike at any public rack without an additional charge. The hubs are located in the Central Eastside Industrial District and the PSU campus. Launched in May, PBOT has already seen a rise in the number of trips taken within the super hub areas. 

Learn more about BIKETOWN at www.biketownpdx.com

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. www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation


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 part of this collaboration, Nike designed the innovative visual identity for the program’s standard bike which is 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, beginning with the Nike Air Max 95, Nike Air Trainer 1 and Nike Air Safari.

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 50% of the bike share fleet in North America, including five of the ten largest systems in the US: Citi Bike in New York, Divvy in Chicago, Capital Bikeshare in the D.C. area, Hubway in the Boston area, and BIKETOWN in Portland, OR. Motivate also operates Ford GoBike in the San Francisco Bay Area which is beginning a ten-fold expansion to 7000 bikes. Motivate also powers bike share technology for over 56,000 bikes across four continents. www.motivateco.com

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PBOT News Blog: Help PBOT understand how people use Portland's bike corrals

PBOT currently has more on-street bike parking spaces than any other North American city – over 2,000!

bike corral in Portland

(June 5, 2017) Providing places for people to securely lock their bicycles is one small, but important, way that the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) encourages people to ride. PBOT has installed and maintains over 7,000 bike racks throughout the city. We have two new bike parking developments we’re excited to share with you.

bike corral in Portland

PBOT currently has more on-street bike parking spaces than any other North American city – over 2,000! In Portland, we call them “bike corrals,” groups of bike racks installed in place of an auto parking spot. Most of our bike corrals can accommodate 12 to 18 bikes in the place of about two cars. 

We want to know how many people are using the bike corrals and we’re hoping the community can help us collect the data. We’ve launched a quick online reporting site where you can tell us how many bikes are parked at a bike corral. The next time you park or see a bike corral please take a few brief moments to tell us how many bikes you see parked. This will help us evaluate how well we’re meeting the community’s bike parking needs. Check out the online reporting site at www.surveymonkey.com/r/bikecorrals and add it to your bookmarks so you’ll be able to quickly report bike corral usage when you are out and about. We’ve had over 150 reports thus far, but we’re aiming for thousands! The more data the better!

new bike rack

PBOT is also pleased to announce our newly updated bike rack design (see picture). The newly designed and fabricated bike racks have additional security features inside and out to make it more difficult for potential thieves to cut through the racks and remove a bike that’s locked. Our partners at Radius Pipe Bending in Junction City, OR manufacture these racks for us. We’ve just got our first shipment, but you’ll be seeing more of them on the streets soon. While we can’t replace all 7,000 of the existing racks with the new design, all new rack installations and any maintenance work will include the updated design.

If you have questions about PBOT’s bike parking program, you can visit the website at www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/bikeparking or contact Scott Cohen at (503) 823-5345 or bikeparking@portlandoregon.gov

Traffic Advisory: Signal improvements require late night lane closures on SE Cesar Chavez Boulevard at SE Belmont Street on Thursday night

(June 7, 2017) The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that the installation of a new traffic signal will require late night lane closures on SE Cesar E Chavez Boulevard at SE Belmont Street on Thursday, June 8 from 8:00 p.m. to Friday, June 9 at 7 a.m.

Lanes on SE Cesar E Chavez Boulevard will be reduced to one lane in each direction between SE Taylor Street and SE Alder Street during work hours. Flaggers will guide traffic on both SE Cesar E Chavez Boulevard and SE Belmont Street.

The work is funded by the Major Maintenance and Asset Replacement Program, which reserves half of all one-time, surplus general fund dollars for improvements that maintain or replace critical infrastructure. The work is part of a $1 million Traffic Signal Rebuilds project. The new signal will replace a traffic signal that was built in 1950.

The work has been scheduled to minimize the impact on the traveling public.

We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all lane closures and directions by reader boards and flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.

Traffic Advisory: Street improvements to close lanes on East Burnside between 28th to 32nd Avenues from Tuesday, June 20 to Monday, June 26

(June 19, 2017)  – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on East Burnside Street from 28th to 32nd Avenues from Tuesday, June 20 to Monday, June 26 during all hours and all days.

The lanes closures will restrict traffic on East Burnside between 28th to 32nd Avenues to one lane of travel in each direction, all hours all days, while crews begin to reconstruct the roadway.

The traveling public is advised to expect delays while repairs are being made. We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all lane closures, traffic signs and flaggers and use alternate routes if possible.

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

News Advisory: Crosswalk education and enforcement action planned for NE Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard at NE Jarrett Street on Thursday, June 22

Vision Zero Portland logo(June 21, 2017) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) and Portland Police Bureau will conduct a crosswalk safety education and enforcement action on Thursday, June 22 beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the marked crossing on NE Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard at NE Jarrett Streett to raise awareness of pedestrian safety and Oregon traffic laws.

Education and enforcement actions such as the June 22 event are a key part of the City of Portland’s citywide effort to reach its Vision Zero goal of eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries.

Crosswalk education and enforcement actions are an effective way to communicate traffic laws to people driving and walking. The transportation and police bureaus do education and enforcement actions throughout the year 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.

Under Oregon law, EVERY intersection is a legal crosswalk whether it is marked or unmarked.  People driving must stop and stay stopped for people walking when the pedestrian is in the travel lane or the adjacent lane. Drivers should continually scan their environment watching for people crossing or about to cross and stop according to Oregon law.

MLK Jr Blvd at NE Jarrett Street

Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard is part of the High Crash Network for people walking and biking. The MLK Pedestrian Strategy places the NE Jarrett Street crossings among the corridor’s priority locations based on crash data. Therefore, education and enforcement actions such as the June 22 event are a key part of the City of Portland’s citywide effort to reach its Vision Zero goal of eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries. 

Crossings like NE Jarrett Street connect communities of single family homes, apartments, numerous places of worship and amenities like King School Park, Roselawn Park and Mallory Meadows City Park. Local restaurants, a food cart pavilion, banks, coffee shops, retail, salons, convenience stores, auto parts store, grocery store, post office, comedy theater and a local Boys and Girls Club in the immediate area draw patrons, visitors and pedestrians. TriMet’s Frequent Service bus line 6 a runs along Martin Luther King Jr Blvd connecting Goose Hollow, Portland City Center, N/NE Portland, Jantzen Beach and Hayden Island.

Each crosswalk enforcement action involves a designated pedestrian crossing at a marked or unmarked crosswalk while police monitor how people driving, bicycling and walking adhere to traffic safety laws. PBOT staff member, Providance Nagy, will be the designated pedestrian crossing in the marked crosswalk during the mission. Drivers who fail to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk and pedestrians who fail to follow Oregon traffic laws may be issued a warning or citation. 

Fixing Our Streets is funding a number of crosswalk treatments along Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard that may include signage upgrades, vegetation removal, protected lefts, striping, curb extensions and illumination.

Learn more about rights and responsibilities for crossing streets in Oregon (in EnglishEspanol); and view the results of previous actions. Find out more about PBOT’s safety work and Vision Zero, PBOT’s goal of zero traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries by 2025 by visiting www.visionzeroportland.com. PBOT also invites communities to take a PedPDX survey to help shape priorities for making Portland a more walkable city through its Citywide Pedestrian Plan.