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Traffic Advisory: Street improvements on N Ainsworth Street from N Greeley Avenue to N Williams Avenue through May 4

The public is advised to expect delays and heavy equipment, travel cautiously, and observe all work zone signage.

(May 2nd, 2018) – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on N Ainsworth Street from N Greeley Avenue to N Williams Avenue. The project will begin Wednesday, May 2, and will continue through approximately May 4, 2018. The road will have limited access with traffic control during this project. The work will take place from 7 a.m. through 4 p.m. each work day.

The public is advised to expect delays and heavy equipment, travel cautiously, and observe all work zone signage.

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: PBOT, Multnomah County Library and Metro celebrate Bike Month by bringing back “Bike to Books” coloring contest and bike light giveaway

Brooklyn Kavanagh Belmont Library

Brooklyn Kavanagh, first place winner of his age category in 2017, sees his bike lane art design on the street for the first time. Photos by Kelsey Kavanagh.

(May 2, 2018) The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) and Multnomah County Library, with support from Metro, are celebrating Bike Month with “Bike to Books,” a program to encourage residents to ride their bicycle to their local library.

As part of the program, PBOT and Multnomah County Library are bringing back Portland’s “Bike to Books” Bike Month coloring contest. Students living in Multnomah County from Pre-Kindergarten to 12th Grade are invited to design bike lane art for installation in one of the City’s bike lanes. Portland’s bike lane art, found in bike lanes and on neighborhood greenways across the city, is well known nationwide. Designs are created by crew members on their own time using leftover materials that would otherwise go to waste. In 2017, in the first year of our Bike to Books program, PBOT crews installed four winning Bike to Books bike lane art designs near each winning artist's neighborhood library branch.

2017 Bike to Books entry

It's easy to enter, with a variety of great prizes. Young people in Portland and Multnomah County can submit their own designs using the bike symbol coloring page. The winning art will be installed on a bike lane this summer by one of PBOT's striping crews. Second prize winners will each receive four full-day passes to ride your bicycle at the Lumberyard Bike Park (including rental bikes and safety equipment if needed) and third prize winners will win a bike helmet from Portland-based Nutcase Helmets. Coloring pages can be picked up at all Multnomah County Library branches (click here for locations) or downloaded online. Contestants must drop-off their entry at a library branch in person, to be entered into the contest. Full contest rules are available online.

In addition to the coloring contest, every person who bikes to a Multnomah County Library branch will receive a free bike light provided by Metro (while supplies last). Special Bike Storytimes for young readers are also being offered at numerous library branches across the county.

 “We want every Portlander to feel they have a voice in the way we design our city and the earlier we can get our residents involved the better,” PBOT Director Leah Treat said. “This student-designed bike lane art is, in many ways, the beginning of the conversation between PBOT and the young people of Portland who will use our roads, bikeways and sidewalks for decades to come. If they can design such creative art for our streets, imagine the other ideas they’ll bring to us in the future. We’re excited and we’re listening.”

“Libraries are about creating connections for people of all ages to learn and create,” said Multnomah County Library Director Vailey Oehlke. “With Bike to Books, we’re teaming up with important partners in PBOT and Metro to share the joy around reading, learning and biking with an eye toward safety and sustainability.”

Books and bikes are two pillars of Portland culture. One of the busiest public libraries in the United States, Multnomah County Library is beloved by the community it serves. In addition, Portland’s young readers bike to school in record numbers. Today, thanks to PBOT’s Safe Routes to School Program, 36.8 percent of trips to school in Portland are on foot or by bike – among the highest in the nation.

Portland Bike Month runs throughout the month of May with events happening across the city sponsored by multiple organizations to encourage people of all ages to get on their bike and enjoy the spring sunshine and hundreds of miles of bike lanes and neighborhood greenways in the city of Portland.

Information about Bike to Books and Bike Month events can be found at: www.biketobooks.com


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About the Portland Bureau of Transportation:

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 Multnomah County Library:

Multnomah County Library is the oldest public library west of the Mississippi River, with a history that reaches back to 1864. Today, Central Library and the other 18 neighborhood libraries that make up the library system house nearly 900 computer stations for the public and a collection of two million books and other library materials. As Oregon's largest public library, Multnomah County Library serves nearly one-fifth of the state's population with a wide variety of programs and services. Learn more atwww.multcolib.org.

About Metro:

Metro works with communities, businesses and residents in the Portland metropolitan area to chart a wise course for the future while protecting the things we love about this place. Learn more at www.oregonmetro.gov

Traffic Advisory: Street improvements to close lanes on NE 102nd Ave, from NE Halsey St to NE Sandy Blvd, May 4-11

(May 3, 2018) – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street maintenance will require lane closures on NE 102nd Ave, from NE Halsey St to NE Sandy Blvd, starting Friday May 4, through Friday, May 11., from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, excluding weekends.

At least one lane will be open to travel in each direction at all times.

Lane closures are only in effect during project work hours, Monday through Friday. Access will be maintained for businesses and residents. This crack sealing project will help prevent water from penetrating the road surface, preserving approximately 7.82 lane miles of pavement.

The traveling public is advised to expect delays during work hours. 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.

Traffic Advisory: Street improvements to close lanes on N Rosa Parks Way, from N Williams Ave to N Interstate Ave, May 4-22

(May 3, 2018) – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street maintenance and safety improvements will require lane closures on N Rosa Parks Way from N Williams to N Interstate Ave beginning Friday, May 4, and continuing through May 22, from 7 a.m. through 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

The lane closures will allow crews to grind and pave 3.38 lane miles of road surface, extending the life of the pavement. Crews will also include a physically separated bicycle lane to provide safe, more comfortable bicycle access.

This work is part of series of paving and safety improvements under construction through late summer on N Rosa Parks Way from N Willamette Blvd to NE MLK Jr. Blvd.

During repaving projects, PBOT seeks to improve the traffic operations and safety for all road users. By combining maintenance projects with operational improvements such as new striping configurations, PBOT more efficiently maintains the transportation system and improves road safety simultaneously.

Learn more about forthcoming improvements for people walking, biking and accessing public transit at the Rosa Parks Way Paving Project web site.

The traveling public is advised to expect delays during work hours. During the grinding and repaving work, at least one lane will be open to travel in each direction at all times.

Streets with ground down surfaces are open for travel. Lane closures are only in effect during project work hours, Monday through Saturday. Access will be maintained for businesses and residents.

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 Blog: PBOT expands block party pilot area for 2018 season

Holding a safe and fun block party in your neighborhood has never been easier!

Portland in the Streets

The PBOT Pink Barricade Lending Zone

Map of the 2017 (orange) and 2018 (blue + orange) Block Party Pilot Area. PBOT has partnered with nine community organizations for the Pink Barricade Lending Program.

PBOT Pink Barricade

(May 4, 2018) Have you heard? Block parties are now free throughout Portland! That's right, you can get a permit for a neighborhood block party for zero dollars! Not only that, but the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is pleased to announce that we have doubled the size of our Pink Barricade Lending Zone for 2018. This means more Portland neighborhoods will be celebrating in their streets this spring, summer and fall with easy access to our pink block party barricades.

The original pilot project was launched in neighborhoods in East Portland with great success in 2017. Portland residents in these neighborhoods told PBOT that the free Block Party permit and free barricade checkouts made hosting a block party a breeze. Many said that they plan to make block parties a new tradition, having connected with their neighbors in new, meaningful ways.

To keep this momentum going, PBOT has expanded the Pink Barricade Lending Zone by adding 26 neighborhoods in Southwest, North, and East Portland (see map above).  This addition almost doubles the number of neighborhoods who can check out our bright and fun pink street barricades for free.

Thank you, community partners!

block party

The numbers on the map above are the community organizations that have partnered with PBOT for easy barricade check in/out. The Pink Barricade Lending Zone could not have been possible without those organizations who tirelessly work to serve their communities. PBOT and our partners strive to build community, so our partnership is a genuine effort towards creating resilient neighborhoods. 

PBOT Community Partners (on map above)

  1. Hacienda CDC @ Living Cully Plaza
  2. East Portland Neighborhood Office (EPNO)
  3. Rose Community Development @ Leander Court Partnership
  4. Montavilla Community Center
  5. Mt. Scott Community Center
  6. East Portland Community Center (EPCC)
  7. St Johns Center for Opportunity
  8. Charles Jordan Community Center
  9. Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc. (SWNI)

Block party in 2017

Whether you’re a renter or homeowner, new to Portland or a native, living in the Pink Barricade Lending Zone or not, PBOT wants to help you open your street to celebrate the return of sunny weather, connect with your neighbors, have a BBQ on your block and create a safe space for kids to play.

Visit pbotblockparty.com to start your application today!