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News Blog: Announcing the winners of the 2017 Bike to Books Coloring Contest

(July 6, 2017) The Portland Bureau of Transportation is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Bike to Books Coloring contest!

This past May, PBOT and Multnomah County Library, with support from Metro, invited students living in Multnomah County from Pre-Kindergarten to 12th Grade to design bike lane art for Portland’s “Bike to Books” Bike Month coloring contest. For years Portlanders have enjoyed the smile-inducing bike lane art designed by PBOT’s striping crews. The designs are created by crew members and can be found in bike lanes and on neighborhood greenways across the city.

Coloring pages were available for pick up at all Multnomah County Library branches (click here for locations) or downloaded online. Contestants were required to drop-off their entry at a library branch in person in order to be entered into the contest. This June, staff from PBOT's Active Transportation, Maintenance and Communications teams reviewed the approximately 200 entries received and named the firstsecond and third place winners of each age division as well as honorable mentionsfrom each group.

“We have been amazed by the creativity of the contest entries and are thrilled to have Portland’s kids part of the conversation about getting around Portland,” said Transportation Director Leah Treat. “We hope that through this contest, kids in Portland are able to see the value of their voice in our work to make walking, biking and rolling an option for everyone in the city.”

The winning artwork is as follows:

First Place

First Place - all winners

Second Place

Third Place

3rd Place - all winners

The first place winning art will be installed on four bike lanes by the Portland Bureau of Transportation's striping crews later this summer. Second prize winners each received four full-day passes to the Lumberyard Bike Park (including rental bikes and safety equipment if needed) and third prize winners won a bike helmet of their choice from Portland-based Nutcase Helmets.

In addition to the coloring contest, every person who biked to a Multnomah County Library branch during Bike Month received a free bike light provided by Metro. Special Bike Storytimes for young readers were also offered at numerous library branches across the county.

Thanks to everyone who participated in Bike Month 2017! We can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2018.

News Release: State transportation bill makes big investment in safety, public transit and Safe Routes to School

(July 10, 2017) The transportation package passed by the state legislature will invest in critical safety and maintenance improvements that will make a big difference for Portlanders and all Oregonians, said City Commissioner Dan Saltzman, who oversees the Portland Bureau of Transportation.

"This is an exciting and impressive package of transportation projects and maintenance funds for our entire state but also the City of Portland," Saltzman said. "I look forward to working with community partners, our employees and the private sector in bringing good projects and needed maintenance to Portland’s streets due to this unprecedented level of investment. Thank you Oregon legislators and Governor for working hard and making this happen."

Highlights of the transportation package's investments in Portland include:

  • Reconstruction and safety improvements for a 4-mile section of Powell Boulevard, from SE 99th Avenue to the city limits near SE 174th Avenue. The $110 million project will completely rebuild this high crash corridor, transforming it from a crash-prone highway to an urban main street with safe access for people biking, walking and taking public transit. The Oregon Department of Transportation will rebuild the street, and as crews complete segments in coming years, they will transfer them to City ownership.

  • The statewide Safe Routes to School Program will have $10 million a year, growing to $15 million a year in 2022. Portland would be able to compete for grants to build sidewalks, crosswalks and bike lanes that make it safer for families to bike and walk to school.

  • Renovation of Interstate 5 and city streets in the Rose Quarter to improve safety on NE Broadway, the street with the highest bicycle crash rate in Portland and the fifth highest pedestrian crash rate. It would provide a lid over the freeway to improve bicycle, pedestrian and public transit access and safety. Shoulders and other highway fixes would reduce the rate of crashes on this key corridor by 50 percent.

  • An investment of $35 million to $40 million a year for TriMet bus operations and purchases, providing greatly expanded service in line with the City’s longstanding transportation goals, and also providing a low-income fare for the first time. PBOT also has plans to make more bus-only lanes and transit priority traffic signals that will improve bus service by helping buses get through rush-hour congestion.

The City of Portland strongly supports investment in transportation infrastructure to improve public safety, grow the economy and help reduce carbon pollution. The $5.3 billion package is the first new funding for transportation since the legislature approved House Bill 2001 in 2009.

 

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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. Learn more at www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation

News Blog: Emerson Street Block Party is a shining example of Portland in the Streets

Portland in the Streets

News Blog: Emerson Street Block Party is a shining example of Portland in the Streets

Emerson Street Block Party

The June 23, 2017 block party, hosted by Nikki the Brown Clown, featured many local performers participating in games and activities throughout the afternoon. Photo by Nico Lim, Portland Bureau of Transportation

By Sophia Barba, Portland Bureau of Transportation

(July 11, 2017) Portland summers are a welcome respite from the rainy days that occur for most of the year. It is during the summer that Portlanders take full advantage of the sun, and come together to celebrate their communities. Such was the case on Friday, the June 23, when artists, families, and community leaders gathered at a block party in front of the Emerson Street House, which opened about a year ago under the coordination of Diane Freaney and Sabin CDC, in Northeast Portland. 

Emerson Street block party

Right: Block partygoers grabbing a seat before the round of performances that occurred at the Emerson street block party. Left: Portland-based textile artist Joanne Green with pieces that live at the Emerson Street House. The block party was frequented by many local artists and creatives that participate in events and activities at the house throughout the year. Photos by Nico Lim, Portland Bureau of Transportation

This was the second year that Nikki Sandoval, also known as Nikki Brown Clown, a Portland-raised jack-of-all-trades, has coordinated a block party for her former neighborhood on Emerson Street. 

Nikki Sandoval aka Nikki the Brown Clown

Nikki is currently based in California, but was able to apply for her block party remotely using Portland Bureau of Transportation’s new online application. For Nikki, her Portland community is greatly important to her; the same can be said for the families and creatives that have been touched by her passion and dedication to empower local youth. 

The block party on Emerson Street happened on a hot Friday afternoon. The street was closed off to vehicles allowing for sprinklers, performances, and face painting (among other activities) to occur in a space that is otherwise perceived as site for moving cars. Hosting a block party is a great way to empower communities who can reclaim their neighborhoods for pedestrian use. Block parties such as these remind us that creativity, diversity, and community are truly what makes Portland such a special place. 

For more information about the Emerson Street House, go to their website to subscribe to their mailing list: www.emersonstreethouse.com

To learn more about Sabin CDC, go to their website at www.sabincdc.us

Follow Nikki Brown Clown on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pdxbrownclown/

Learn how you can host your own block party at www.pbotblockparty.com

News Release: BIKETOWN celebrates first birthday with a week of prizes, Free Ride Day on Wednesday, July 19

This past year, 75,521 BIKETOWN riders have biked 602,266 miles.

BIKETOWN social media

A collection of images shared by BIKETOWN riders on Instagram using the hashtag #BIKETOWNpdx.

(July 17, 2017) Today, BIKETOWN and the Portland Bureau of Transportation kick off a week of special events and activities to celebrate the bike share program’s first birthday. Starting today and culminating on July 23 at the Northeast Portland Sunday Parkways, BIKETOWN will be hosting a variety of events and activities to celebrate the program’s first year. The largest of the events will take place on Wednesday, July 19, BIKETOWN’s birthday, when Portlanders and visitors will be able to ride BIKETOWN for free for the day. Free Ride Day is sponsored by Metro.

Among the other activities taking place over the course of the week are special commuter stations along popular bike routes, a Stumptown cold brew giveaway, and a presentation at Portland City Hall on the BIKETOWN for All program. On Wednesday’s Free Ride Day, people can earn one free Day Pass for up to three hours of biking when they sign up using an online form.

On Friday, July 21, Transportation Commissioner Dan Saltzman, PBOT, BIKETOWN, and advocates and members of Portland’s disability community will come together to launch the newest program in the BIKETOWN family, Adaptive BIKETOWN, an adaptive bicycle rental pilot program.

“BIKETOWN has been transformational for Portland,” said City Commissioner Dan Saltzman, who oversees PBOT. “The orange bikes have made it easy for locals and visitors alike to experience the world class network of comfortable bike routes that generations of Portlanders have built. I look forward to watching BIKETOWN continue to grow in the coming years.”

This past year, 75,521 BIKETOWN riders have biked 602,266 miles. Among the riders enjoying the bright orange bikes are some of Portland’s star athletes, CJ McCollum of the Portland Trail Blazers and Portland Thorns’ Goalkeeper Adrianna Franch. Other notable riders have included Grimm star David Giuntoli and Mayor Ted Wheeler, who rode a special Pride-themed bike in this year’s Pride Parade. And dozens of “dogs of BIKETOWN” have taken rides in the famous BIKETOWN basket. On social media, people have shared their experiences riding around the city, some learning to ride a bike for the first time, others discovering new neighborhoods and businesses, and some even using BIKETOWN bikes to haul cargo and get around town during this past winter’s many snow storms.

The city is already seeing the impact of the bike share system on its modal goals. According to the most recent user survey, 26 percent of BIKETOWN trips made by Portlanders replace auto trips. 64 percent of BIKETOWN’s local users say they’re biking more since joining. Five percent of BIKETOWN’s local users say they’ve reduced the number of personal vehicles because of the bike share program.

“BIKETOWN is helping Portlanders make the shift to cycling,” said Leah Treat, director of PBOT. “Not only is it bringing in new riders (as well as adorable dog and cat passengers), but BIKETOWN has already become a part of Portland’s many bicycle traditions, like Sunday Parkways, Pedalpalooza and the World Naked Bike Ride. That tells me that this program is here to stay.”

In the course of its first year, BIKETOWN has already grown and spread its reach to new communities.

The launch of BIKETOWN for All, a membership program that offers discounted memberships to Portlanders living on low incomes, in the fall of 2016 added 130 new members to the system. Three of the top ten BIKETOWN riders for both mileage and trips are BIKETOWN for All members, a testament to its value. The BIKETOWN for all program is a partnership between the Community Cycling Center (CCC), PBOT, Motivate, the Better Bike Share Partnership, and participating affordable housing communities, social service agencies and local nonprofits.

This May, BIKETOWN launched 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.

In June, BIKETOWN launched its first service area expansion. In North Portland, the service area expansion brought BIKETOWN to the Overlook neighborhood’s main street, N Killingsworth. The Northeast expansion extended BIKETOWN north to Jarrett Street and northeast to NE 33rd Avenue north of Prescott and to NE 21st Avenue south of Prescott. It also added the Alberta Street business district along with businesses on N and NE Killingsworth. Two expansions in Southeast Portland added Brooklyn's main street district and extended the boundary east to SE 43rd Avenue and 44th Avenue between SE Alder and Harrison. A satellite expansion pilot on Swan Island around the Daimler Trucks North America campus is also underway.

“Nike believes in the power of sport to unleash human potential and build community, and BIKETOWN beautifully embodies that spirit here in Portland,” said Jorge Casimiro, Nike Vice President of Global Community Impact. “We’re excited to celebrate BIKETOWN's first birthday, and are proud of the milestone moments we have marked together with the City of Portland and the Portland Bureau of Transportation--from the launch of the iconic orange Nike shoebox design of the BIKETOWN bike, to the release of three limited-edition bike wraps representing legendary sneaker designs and two designs reflecting the BETRUE call-to-action celebrating the LGBTQ community in June. It’s an honor to help make Portland an even more vibrant, active and innovative culture.”

BIKETOWN is sponsored by Nike, Inc. Nike’s title sponsorship of the program allowed the City to expand the initial number of bike share bicycles available to the public at its launch and put the system on a trajectory of sustainable, long-term growth. The system was able to launch with 1000 bikes, a 66 percent increase from the original program authorized by Portland City Council.

In March, BIKETOWN announced Kaiser Permanente as the program’s Official Health Sponsor, the official and sole sponsor of BIKETOWN in the health insurance and health care facility operation category. Kaiser Permanente also joined BIKETOWN’s group membership program, promoting bike share membership and offering a discount to their employees.

 


BIKETOWN by the Numbers (July 19, 2016 to July 16, 2017):

Active Annual Members: 3,519

Casual Members (people who have signed up for a day pass, single ride or other short-term plans): 72,002

Average trips per bike per day since launch: .95

Average trips per bike per day since July 1, 2017: 1.85

Total miles ridden: 602,266

Total trips taken: 313,034

Average distance/trip: 1.92 miles


 

About BIKETOWN

BIKETOWN is Portland’s bike share system, launched 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 uses innovative new “smart bikes” which 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. 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 to move the world and unleash human potential. 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 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.

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

News Release: Commissioner Saltzman, Director Treat, Nike and Kerr Bikes launch Adaptive BIKETOWN

The first City-sponsored program of its kind in the nation.

Adaptive BIKETOWN

(Friday, July 21, 2017) The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) launched its adaptive bicycle rental program today, called Adaptive BIKETOWN, the first City-sponsored program of its kind in the nation. An extension of BIKETOWN, Portland’s bike share program, Adaptive BIKETOWN is a bike rental service for people with varying abilities and will offer a mix of tandem, hand cycles and three-wheeled bicycles for rent by the hour with the goal of increasing access to cycling.

The Adaptive BIKETOWN rental service will be operated by Kerr Bikes, which is owned by the non-profit organization Albertina Kerr. Kerr Bikes has operated a bike rental service for almost a decade in Portland’s Central City to help fund the non-profit organization’s programs and services to children and adults with developmental disabilities and mental health challenges. The Adaptive BIKETOWN bicycles will be available for rent at Kerr Bikes’ OMSI location along the Eastbank Esplanade. The rental cost is $5 per hour or three hours for $12 for people with disabilities, seniors and those who qualify for a TriMet honored citizen pass. First-time renters must register in advance for a bike fitting, to ensure that the bikes are properly adjusted for the best ride. Those measurements will be saved, allowing for easy walk in rentals for future rides.

The Adaptive BIKETOWN pilot program is a result of more than a year of planning and public input. PBOT staff interviewed individuals about their specific needs, published an online survey that received more than 200 responses, and established a public work group to advise the bureau on the program’s development. PBOT provided $30,000 in funding for upfront program costs, including $14,000 for the purchase of 10 bicycles. Nike has contributed an additional $10,000 for ongoing program costs, including raising awareness of Adaptive BIKETOWN.

“Portland is already known across the country as a destination for bicycling, and I am proud that we will now be a cycling destination for people of all abilities,” said Transportation Commissioner Dan Saltzman. “This program helps everyone experience our city’s excellent bicycle network.”

“Just as BIKETOWN has opened the doors for cycling for people in Portland, I believe that Adaptive BIKETOWN will open those doors even wider,” said Transportation Director Leah Treat. “As a city we have ambitious goals for getting more people to choose bicycling and other forms of active transportation. The more inclusive we are, the more successful we will be in reaching them.”

“I am passionate about bicycling. When BIKETOWN launched, I was disappointed that there weren’t bikes for me,” said Jeremy Robbins, a member of PBOT’s Adaptive Bicycle Pilot Project Work Group which helped advise PBOT on the program’s development last spring. “Working with PBOT and others on developing Adaptive BIKETOWN has been very rewarding. I’m very excited for the launch of this historic project.”

“We are so proud and excited to offer adaptive cycling options at Kerr Bikes with the help of community partners,” said Jeff Carr, CEO of Albertina Kerr. “Portland is a great cycling city. For Albertina Kerr to be able to extend our mission by empowering those with disabilities to participate in this program is tremendous.”

“Nike believes in the power of sport to unleash human potential and build community--for all people, of all abilities,” said Jorge Casimiro, Nike Vice President of Global Community Impact. “This is why we’re so excited to support Adaptive BIKETOWN as part of the BIKETOWN program with the City of Portland and the Portland Bureau of Transportation. Adaptive BIKETOWN will give even more Portlanders and visitors an opportunity to enjoy Portland’s innovative bike share program and experience the joy of cycling in the city.”

The Adaptive BIKETOWN pilot will run through through Fall 2017. Over the winter, PBOT staff will evaluate the program and make any necessary changes or additions ahead of the 2018 season. For reservations and additional information about the program, please visit http://adaptivebiketown.com.

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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 Albertina Kerr

Since 1907, Albertina Kerr has strengthened Oregon families and communities. Today, we provide programs and services to children and adults with developmental disabilities and mental health challenges, empowering them to live richer lives. For more information about Albertina Kerr, call 503.239.8101 or visit www.AlbertinaKerr.org

About Nike

Nike believes in the power of sport to move the world and unleash human potential. 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 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.