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News Release: Traffic safety reminders for Labor Day Weekend

Safety tips to combat a growing public health issue

(September 1, 2017) The Labor Day Holiday is a time of celebration. The long weekend is a time to mark the achievements of the labor movement and the unofficial end of summer. We celebrate with barbecues, outdoor recreation, and road trips. But all too often, holidays bring tragedy for those involved in traffic crashes.

During the days surrounding the July 4, 2017 holiday, seven people were killed in seven days on roads in the City of Portland. Those seven people account for nearly a quarter of all deaths on Portland’s streets so far in 2017.  These tragic deaths were all preventable.

Vision Zero Portland logo

The City of PortlandMultnomah County and 24 other agencies and community stakeholders are critical partners in Vision Zero, an effort to eliminate deaths and serious injuries by 2025 in Portland and the rest of Multnomah County

The Vision Zero Action Plan found that 91 percent of deadly crashes in Portland involve impairment, speed, red-light running or other dangerous behaviors. One of our largest challenges is changing human behavior.

“One traffic death is too many,” said Portland Commissioner Dan Saltzman, who oversees the Portland Bureau of Transportation. “We urge everyone, especially drivers, to take extra care this holiday so families across Portland can celebrate Labor Day weekend safely. 

“This summer’s traffic deaths show that safety on our roads is a growing public health issue,” said Multnomah County Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson.  “The county fully supports the Vision Zero goals to eliminate these preventable deaths and injuries.”

We are asking everyone in Multnomah County to make safe travel choices this Labor Day Weekend. Specifically:

- Drive at a safe speed - nearly half of Portland's deadly crashes involve people driving at unsafe speeds.
- Drive sober - more than half of deadly crashes in Portland involve people who are intoxicated, usually by alcohol.
- Drive alert - every three hours, someone in Oregon is injured by a distracted driver. Pull over to text message, make or take a phone call.
- Look out for others - people walking and bicycling don’t have 3,000 pounds of metal to protect them in a crash.
- Buckle up!

 FACTS

- Twenty-eight people lost their lives on streets or highways in the City of Portland to date in 2017: more than one third were pedestrians.[1]
- There were 55 traffic deaths in Multnomah County in 2016.[2] This compares to an annual average of 41 from 2011 through 2015.
- Unintentional injuries, including those from traffic crashes, were the third leading cause of death in Multnomah County in 2015.[3]
- In 2016, 495 people died on Oregon roads, the highest number since 2003. In 2013 Oregon saw one of its safest years on record, with 313 traffic deaths. Traffic fatalities have been increasing nationwide since 2014.[4]
- Nationwide, traffic crashes were the leading cause of fatal injuries in 2015 for youth ages 5 to 24, and the second leading cause of fatal injuries for ages 25 and over.[5]  

 

For more information on Vision Zero, visit:

https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/66612

 


FOOTNOTES

[1] Best estimate as of 8/31/2017. This figure excludes a suicide, following National Highway Traffic Safety Administration criteria.

[2] ODOT data from personal correspondence, 8/1/17.

[3] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Underlying Cause of Death 1999-2015 on CDC WONDER Online Database, released December, 2016. Data are from the Multiple Cause of Death Files, 1999-2015, as compiled from data provided by the 57 vital statistics jurisdictions through the Vital Statistics Cooperative Program. Accessed at http://wonder.cdc.gov/ucd-icd10.html on Aug 1, 2017 11:37:25 AM

[4] National Safety Council. (2017). Motor Vehicle Fatality Estimates. Available from: http://www.nsc.org/NewsDocuments/2017/12-month-estimates.pdf

[5]https://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars/pdf/leading_causes_of_injury_deaths_highlighting_unintentional_injury_2015-a.pdf

Traffic Advisory: Street improvements on SW Sam Jackson Park Road from SW 9th Avenue to SW Campus Drive, September 9-12

The lane closures will allow crews to grind and pave .81 lane miles of pavement.

(September 7, 2017)  – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements on SW Sam Jackson Park Road from SW 9th Avenue to SW Campus Drive will require lane closures beginning Saturday, September 9 and continuing through Tuesday, September 12, 7 a.m. through 7 p.m. each work day.

The lane closures will allow crews to grind and pave .81 lane miles of pavement.

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 reader boards and flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.

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

News Release: Motivate and BIKETOWN Launch September #womenwhobike Campaign

Campaign Celebrating Women’s Bike Month Will Encourage Women to Give Bike Share a Try with Special Events Across the Nation

Campaign Celebrating Women’s Bike Month Will Encourage Women to Give Bike Share a Try with Special Events Across the Nation

Participating systems include BIKETOWN in Portland, Citi Bike in New York, Hubway in Boston, and Capital Bikeshare in Washington, D.C

(September 7, 2017) BIKETOWN, Portland’s bike share program, is celebrating Women’s Bike Month 2017 by kicking off its second annual #WomenWhoBike campaign during the month of September.

BIKETOWN’s celebration is part of a nation-wide campaign across the bike share systems operated by Motivate.

To celebrate the growing number of women bike riders and bike share enthusiasts in Portland, BIKETOWN is ringing in Women’s Bike Month 2017 with a variety of promotions and events.

BIKETOWN is giving new and experienced riders the chance to partake in a variety of scheduled events, bike workshops, giveaways, and local rides, including a Women Who Bike Info Fair at Holladay Park this Saturday, a “Take Life by the handlebars” ride for beginners along the waterfront, a ride to the September 24th Sunday Parkways celebration, and more. The Info Fair and end-of-month wrap party at Wildfang will include opportunities to win free BIKETOWN Day Passes and other prizes such as a Nutcase Helmet or Filmed by Bike tickets. A full list of BIKETOWN events for Women’s Bike Month is available here.

For the first time ever, BIKETOWN will offer a one-month membership for $20, allowing interested riders to try out the bikes with unlimited rides and up to 90 minutes of ride time per day for the month of September only.

Keep an eye on BIKETOWN’s social media channels and the #WomenWhoBike hashtag for stories and photos featuring female riders and women who regularly bike and use bike share.

In Portland, women account for about 32 percent of bike trips (compared to 29 percent across the nation). For PBOT, BIKETOWN is an important way of making biking in Portland more accessible to people of all genders.

"Women already make up a third of Portland’s bike ridership, but we want to see that number go higher,” said Transportation Director Leah Treat. “For me, BIKETOWN is a key part of getting more women on bikes, which is why I’m very happy to be celebrating Women’s Bike Month. I would encourage all of my fellow woman bike riders to take this opportunity to ride BIKETOWN. You’ll love it!”

"This September, we are proud to celebrate the role that women riders play in making bike share a crucial component of every modern city," said Jay Walder, President and CEO of Motivate. "It is our most important mission to make bike share accessible, equitable, and safe-- not just in September but every day of the year. While we celebrate female ridership, we recognize that more must be done across the biking industry to encourage and empower women to take to two wheels."

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 BIKETOWN

BIKETOWN is Portland’s bike share system 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. It uses 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. biketownpdx.com

About Motivate 

Motivate, the global leader in bike share, operates tens of thousands of bikes across four continents. Led by an executive team with deep experience at the highest levels of public transportation and technology, the company is relentlessly focused on innovation and has a proven and sustainable business model to manage complex operations and logistics. A vertically integrated company, Motivate controls the full technology stack, enabling us to lead on the design and deployment of the next generation of bike share technology. Motivate works in close partnership with cities to implement bike share systems that meet the unique needs of the places in which we operate. Motivate systems, including Citi Bike in New York, Divvy in Chicago, Capital Bikeshare in the D.C. area, Hubway in the Boston area, BIKETOWN in Portland, and Ford GoBike in the San Francisco Bay Area, are responsible for over 80 percent of bike share trips taken annually. To learn more please visit the Motivate newsroom at https://www.motivateco.com/news.  

Traffic Advisory: Railroad track replacement on North Columbia Boulevard between North Fiske Avenue and North Chautauqua Boulevard, September 12-22

(September 8, 2017) – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements and railroad track replacement will require the closure of North Columbia Boulevard between North Fiske Avenue and North Chautauqua Boulevard on Tuesday, September 12 through Friday, September 22, all hours and all days.

The lane closures will allow crews to replace the railroad tracks and repave the road at the railroad crossing.

Eastside access will be maintained for businesses during the project. A detour will be in place for truck traffic using North Portland Road and North Vancouver Way to Marine Drive.

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.

News Release: Moshow the Cat Rapper and the Portland Bureau of Transportation debut new music video "Parking Kitty"

Parking Kitty ad

(Sept. 12, 2017) The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) and Portland artist Moshow the Cat Rapper debuted a new rap and music video today called “Parking Kitty”, after the City’s new parking app, to encourage Portlanders to download and use the app for a more streamlined parking experience.

Portland’s embrace of Parking Kitty in its first four months has exceeded expectations. Users have given the application rave reviews on both the App Store and Google Play and 6 percent of all parking transactions are now being done through the app. By using the Parking Kitty app, users can take advantage of paying for their parking session with their debit and credit cards. In addition to paying for their parking sessions, people parking can receive ‘meow’ alerts when sessions are low on time, extend parking sessions remotely, view and manage parking history and multiple car sessions, and receive email receipts.

Parking Kitty can be used in all of the City of Portland’s parking districts, including Downtown, Northwest, Marquam Hill, the Lloyd District and the Central Eastside Industrial District as well as at Washington Park. Portland State University will officially open the app for use in its parking garages in time for students to arrive for the new school year, which begins Sept. 25.

Parking Kitty music video on YouTube

 

The Parking Kitty music video features Moshow and his cat, Ravioli, driving and dancing in front of a 1956 Chevrolet Nomad while PBOT parking enforcement officers and Transportation Director Leah Treat dance in the background. The video was filmed and directed by Matt Giraud of Gyroscope Pictures in the RiverPlace district in Downtown Portland. The Parking Kitty rap and video were written and edited by Moshow. The video can be viewed online here: https://youtu.be/W4Hxewc_64M

“Moshow is quintessentially Portland and his love for cats was a perfect match for our new app,” said Transportation Director Leah Treat, “We are thrilled with this partnership and hope it inspires more Portlanders to take advantage of the receipt-free parking offered by Parking Kitty.”

“Washington Park has experienced excellent adoption of Parking Kitty, with nearly 9 percent of all transactions being completed via the app,” said Victor Sanders, Program Specialist at Portland Parks & Recreation. “Visitors to the Park no longer need to cut short a visit when taking their cats to smell the roses at the Rose Garden, finding their cat-like zen at the Japanese Garden or viewing the majestic wild cats at the Oregon Zoo – they simply add more time using their phone.”

“PSU supports a broad diversity of companion animals and travel modes,” says Ian Stude, Director of Transportation and Parking Service at Portland State University. “With roughly 4,000 parking stalls on our campus, we are excited to adopt Parking Kitty as one of our own.”

“Helping to bring the City of Portland’s vision to life through the Parking Kitty application has been enlightening,” said Bob Youakim, CEO at Passport. “The city has changed the game in how parking can be viewed and used as a tool to improve interactions within the community. It has been an honor to partner with the city on its technology initiatives in a fun and unique way.”

Portland partnered with Passport, the global leader in mobile payments for parking and transit, to develop its custom parking app, unique to the city’s cat culture.

The name Parking Kitty is a play on the meaning of kitty as a pool or reserve of money. It is also a nod to the Portland’s well-known reputation as a cat-friendly community.

The Parking Kitty app is free to download from the App Store and Google Play. People using the app can also manage their parking online at parkingkitty.com. Users will be charged a ten cent convenience fee to use the app to pay for a parking session.

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. Learn more at www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation 

About Moshow

Born and raised in inner Baltimore, MD, Moshow defied the odds to build a name for himself as the Internet's premiere Cat Rapper. He now calls Portland, OR his home with his 5 cats - Sushi, Tali, Mega Mam, Ravioli and Black $avage. Moshow is on a mission to inspire the world, sharing with others the lessons he has learned, to not give up on yourself and follow your dreams, no matter where they take you. www.iammoshow.com

About Passport

Passport is the industry’s leading mobile technology solution specializing in enterprise business applications and payments for the public and private sector. Passport’s product lines--parking payments, transit payments, enforcement and permit management--collectively serve to deliver dynamic tools for agencies to better connect with their communities. Its services have been adopted by over 300 agencies on over 3,000 locations globally. Passport’s mission is to reduce operational complexity and deliver intelligent data to improve decision making for its clients.

Passport is backed by a group of investors, including Grotech Ventures, Relevance Capital, and MK Capital. For more information, please visit www.passportinc.com

Download Parking Kitty today:

 Parking Kitty logo pink   Download Parking Kitty in the App Store     Download Parking Kitty in Google Play