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News Release: Better Naito returns for 2018; new report shows almost 400k trips taken by people biking during 2017 season

The project will return for another five-month season, making walking and biking to Waterfront Park events safer from May 1 to September 30, 2018

(March 5, 2018) The countdown to Better Naito 2018 began today with the announcement by the Portland Bureau of Transportation that the project would return for a second full season beginning on May 1 and ending on September 30. The bureau also released its 2017 Better Naito Report, which documents the first iteration of the project by the city, offering in-depth data analyses of travel times, traffic volumes, mode-splits and more.

The project was incredibly popular with people walking and biking. In just one day, over 12,000 people walking used Better Naito to access the Waterfront Blues Fest. What's more, a total of 393,173 one-way trips were taken by people on bikes on Better Naito over the five-month project period. 

Better Naito, which reconfigures Naito Parkway from the Hawthorne Bridge to the Steel Bridge for five months, provides a protected space for people to get to and around Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park during Portland’s busy and popular festival season. 

Consistent with the data collected during Better Naito’s two pilot seasons in 2015 and 2016, the 2017 season had minimal impact on motor vehicle travel times in the corridor. Current observations and analysis found that during peak morning commute hours (7:00-8:00 a.m.), driving times for northbound traffic from SW Clay St to SW Stark St increased by 1 minute 28 seconds. Similarly, the traffic impact for afternoon peak commuters (4:00-5:00 p.m.) was an additional 1 minute and 33 seconds. 

The locally-developed smartphone ride tracking app Ride Report confirms the popularity of Better Naito, showing that people bicycling were twice as likely to ride Better Naito than the Waterfront Trail. Likewise people biking were 3.5 times as likely to ride on Naito Parkway during the Better Naito season than during the off-season. 

For additional information about Better Naito, please visit the project website: www.BetterNaito.com. Questions, feedback, or concerns? Please email naitoparkway@portlandoregon.gov or call (503) 823-4321. 

See you in May! 

Better Naito 2017

Families walk in Better Naito outside the entrance to the Portland Cinco de Mayo Fiesta in May 2017. Photo by Portland Bureau of Transportation.

News Blog: Changes to Portland in the Streets program to help Portlanders create and activate unique neighborhood spaces

Council-approved amendments to City code and Administrative Rules make way for new programming this spring and summer.

Emerson Street block party

The 2017 Emerson Street block party, a Portland in the Streets permitted event, featured many local performers participating in games and activities throughout the day. Photo by Nico Lim, Portland Bureau of Transportation

(March 7, 2018) “PBOT prioritizes people by encouraging the use of the right-of-way for community gathering spaces, placemaking and programming.” This policy statement is the essence of PBOT’s Livable Streets Strategy, which was adopted by Portland City Council in October 2017. Since the Livable Streets Strategy’s adoption, the bureau has been working to develop the programs that will put this policy into practice. We call the program Portland in the Streets.

What programs are part of Portland in the Streets? Here’s a quick list:

  • Block Parties - Small scale parties held on residential streets, such as neighborhood potlucks and barbecues that are held by, and for, residents along the street.
  • Community Events - Larger scale events that occur in the public right of way intended to build a sense of community. These events bring people from the entire neighborhood or region and events support and encourage community gatherings and local businesses.
  • Street Paintings - Large format works of art, designed and painted on local streets that build community, empower neighbors to shape their own public realm, create an artistic expression that’s about the people who live nearby, and break down social isolation.
  • Pedestrian Plazas - Long term community placemaking projects within the right-of-way to create open space on underutilized streets, alleys, or other roadways for the public to use and activate.
  • Street Prototyping - Community Initiated projects that test a new street or intersection design concept, and collect data to inform future design decisions.
  • Spaces to Places – These projects turn gravel, dirt and underdeveloped low volume streets or alleyways into places where people want to gather and install amenities desirable to the community.

The sun is out and the weather is warming up. Soon, thousands of people will be using Portland’s streets for all these great programs. So it’s great timing that today, City Council approved changes to City code and Administrative rules that will allow us to ensure the City has consistent rules and processes in place to effectively design, implement, manage, and maintain placemaking and community use activities in the public right of way. These changes will help PBOT create a citywide program that helps community groups create and activate their own spaces that are unique to their own neighborhoods.

Among the changes: 

  • City Code Chapter 17.24 – Permits - Creates a new Portland in the Streets administrative rule to establish a consistent framework for all programs
  • City Code Chapter 17.25 – Sidewalk Cafes - Creates new permit and fee type for Sidewalk Cafés to extend their operations during a Community Event street closure
  • TRN 3.450 – Block Party permit fees going from $10 to zero - Eliminates the fees for the Block Party Program
  • TRN 3.450 – Park(ing) Day permit fee going from $25 to zero - Eliminates the fees for the Park(ing) Day Program

Stay tuned to the Portland in the Streets website (www.portlandinthestreets.com) for more information as we put these changes into practice this spring. We look forward to seeing more of the great creativity, experimentation, innovation and positive energy of Portlanders being applied to our public spaces.

News Release: PBOT, Portland Police Bureau encourage Portlanders to take a Safe Ride Home on St. Patrick's Day

City program offers discounted travel options for St. Patrick's Day this Saturday, March 17.

(March 14, 2018) The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) will offer discounted taxi, Lyft and Uber rides on Saturday as part of it's Safe Ride Home program for Portlanders celebrating St. Patrick's Day. The Safe Ride Home initiative makes it easy to celebrate responsibly by providing Portlanders with discounted travel options.

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The Safe Ride Home program is offering people the following discounted and inexpensive travel options this Saturday, March 17 for St. Patrick's Day:

  • Up to $20 savings on taxi rides with Radio Cab, Broadway Cab, Union Cab, New Rose City Cab, New Green Cab, PDX Yellow Cab and United Independent Cab. Coupons will be available for pickup on St. Patrick's Day from participating businesses and Portland Police Bureau officers in the Central City.
  • A $5 savings on rides with Lyft and Uber. Riders can access the discount by entering a promo code into their apps. For Lyft, use promo code SAFERIDEHOME. For Uber, use promo code SAFERIDEPDX. Promo codes will be available beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 17 through 4 a.m. on Sunday, March 18.
  • Take TriMet (only $2.50 for an adult pass for the bus or MAX) or Portland Streetcar ($2.00 for an adult pass).

Impaired driving is a major contributor to death and injury on Portland streets. More than half of deadly crashes in Portland involve people who are intoxicated. Safe Ride Home helps to achieve the City of Portland’s Vision Zero Action Plan’s goal of launching initiatives to reduce impaired driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), during the 2016 St. Patrick’s Day holiday period, almost two-fifths (39%) of all motor vehicle crash fatalities in the United States involved drunk driving. This is the second Safe Ride Home holiday offer from PBOT, the first was on New Year's Eve, Dec. 31, 2017.

"After such a successful Safe Ride Home program on New Year's, with over 2,500 people choosing a safe ride, I'm thrilled that we are bringing back our safe ride offerings for Portlanders on St. Patrick's Day," said Transportation Director Leah Treat. "Over 50 percent of deadly crashes in Portland involve people who are impaired. As we continue our Vision Zero efforts, we are working to make our roads safer for all users. Thanks to our private for-hire ride fee, we will continue to fund this important initiative."

The Safe Ride Home program is a partnership between PBOT, the Portland Police Bureau, TriMet, Old Town Hospitality Group, and Portland cab companies Radio Cab, Broadway Cab, New Rose City Cab, New Green Cab, PDX Yellow Cab and United Independent Cab, as well as transportation network companies Lyft and Uber. The program is funded by a 50-cent fee charged for every taxi and TNC ride in Portland. The fee also covers safety inspections and helps defray the cost of rides for people with disabilities.

People can RSVP to Safe Ride Home on Facebook at www.facebook.com/events/157704791705936/.

Learn more about the City of Portland’s Vision Zero program at www.visionzeroportland.com

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News Blog: Open Now: Central City in Motion online open house launches today

Open house is first in series of opportunities for public feedback as PBOT develops plan for strategic transportation investments in Portland’s Central City

Central City in Motion Online Open House Walking Map

The Central City in Motion project's first online open house uses an interactive mapping tool to let visitors identify and comment on priorities and challenges specific to pedestrian crossings, potential bikeways, and transit priority improvements.

 

(March 19, 2018) We want to hear from anyone who lives, works or visits Portland's Central City. Do you visit on the weekends? Are you a swing-shift commuter?  Do you run, walk, bike or roll through the Central City on your way to Waterfront Park or the Eastside Esplanade? Do you take the Streetcar to visit the Art Museum once a month? Do you ride the bus every morning to your workplace downtown? Your feedback and ideas from the online open house will help PBOT's Central City in Motion project team better understand community needs and interests and identify projects to include in the plan. 

Join us in our first online open house to learn more about the project and to share your thoughts on the proposed improvements, including pedestrian crossings and ADA-compliant ramps, transit priority improvements, and a functional low-stress bike network. A total of three online open houses will be used to better understand the challenges and opportunities for multimodal investments to improve safety, reliability, and equity of transportation infrastructure in the Central City. 

This first online open house uses an interactive mapping tool to let visitors identify and comment on priorities and challenges specific to pedestrian crossings, potential bikeways, and transit priority improvements. In addition, a brief survey provides an opportunity to share more detailed information on how, when and why people travel in the Central City, an area including downtown Portland, stretching from the West Hills to SE 12th Avenue, and from the Lloyd and Pearl districts to South Waterfront.

In addition to online engagement, PBOT has convened a Sounding Board   to include a broad set of community and business perspectives in the project.  

Sounding Board member Peter Andrews, of Melvin Mark Company shared, “I’m pleased to be part of this effort to shape the future of transportation in our Central City. I appreciate PBOT’s commitment to engaging as many people as possible in this effort and I look forward to hearing from my fellow Portlanders.”  

With the assistance of Sounding Board members, PBOT is also convening focus groups and targeted surveys with residents at Central City Concern properties, members of the disability community, and hotel and service workers to better understand the varied needs of Portlanders who live and travel in the Central City. 

The goal is to make the entire street system in the Central City work better, providing more predictable travel times for businesses and residents. A cultural and economic hub for the state, Portland’s Central City is growing rapidly. By 2035, the Central City’s population is projected to triple and the number of jobs area will increase by 40 percent. As the Central City and our economy grows, more people and businesses are using our existing streets, sidewalks and transit systems. To accommodate more users on our existing street system in a way that provides affordable transportation options, we need to invest in the Central City’s transportation network. 

To learn more about the Central City in Motion project and to tell us what you need in the Central City, please visit the online open house at: 

www.centralcityinmotion.com

Sign up for updates about the Central City in Motion project at  www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/subscribe   

Are you part of an organization, group or business that has a stake in the Central City? If so, we'd be interested in sharing more information about the project at your next meeting.

To discuss more, please contact: 

Gabe Graff, Project Manager 

email: gabriel.graff@portlandoregon.gov 

phone: 503-823-5291 

News Release: Speed Safety Cameras on NE Marine Drive to start issuing tickets on Thursday

Top-end speeding already reduced by 95 percent

(March 21, 2018) -- The Speed Safety Cameras on NE Marine Drive will start issuing speeding tickets on Thursday, March 22, after 30 days of issuing warnings.

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The goal of the Speed Safety Camera program is to reduce speeding and save lives. Marine Drive is one of 30 streets that comprise Portland's High Crash Network. The roads in this network make up just 8 percent of Portland streets, but account for 57 percent of fatal crashes citywide.

The Speed Safety Cameras started issuing warnings on Feb. 20, and the 30-day warning period ends today, March 21, 2018. Those drivers who exceeded the speed limit and were photographed by the cameras during this period received warning letters alerting them to their violation of the speed limit. The cameras are located in two locations on the corridor – westbound near NE 138th Avenue and eastbound near NE 33rd Avenue. The cameras on NE Marine Drive are the final cameras to be installed as part of the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s (PBOT) initial pilot project.

Data collected during the warning period shows that the number of drivers speeding on NE Marine Drive has decreased substantially. 

  • Before the cameras were installed, an average of 11,113 vehicles per day traveled over the speed limit on NE Marine Drive.
  • After the cameras were installed, an average of 3,366 vehicles drove over the speed limit on NE Marine Drive reflecting a 70 percent decrease from the initial speed studies.
  • The reductions in top-end speeding were even more impressive. Top-end speeding is defined as driving 10 miles an hour or more above the posted speed limit. The speed safety cameras reduced this type of dangerous behavior by 95 percent. An average of 1,480 vehicles per day exceeded the speed limit by 10 mph or more before the camera installation. After the cameras were installed, only 80 vehicles per day did.

“Our Speed Safety Cameras have had an undeniable impact on reducing speeding. Over the past two years we’ve seen significant and continuous reductions on the four High Crash Corridors where the cameras are installed,” said Transportation Leah Treat. “As we work to make our roads safer for all users, Speed Safety Cameras will continue to be an important tool in our Vision Zero toolbox.” 

The speed safety cameras on NE Marine Drive are the result of the 2015 passage of HB 2621, which allows them to be used on High Crash Corridors in the Portland city limits. The City of Portland has been using other cameras to supplement speed enforcement for years, with police officers in vans enforcing speed limit violations. Portland also uses cameras to increase enforcement compliance with red lights at traffic signals.

The NE Marine Drive cameras installation and activation marks the conclusion of the bureau’s initial speed safety camera pilot program which installed cameras on four High Crash Corridors – SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway, SE Division Street, SE 122nd Avenue and NE Marine Drive. The first cameras in Portland were installed on SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway in the fall of 2016. The bureau will conduct speed studies as well as publish a public survey in the coming months as part of the program’s evaluation. The information gathered will guide future Speed Safety Camera implementation locations.

How They Work

When people exceed the posted speed limit while driving past the safety cameras, the camera systems capture photos and video for review by Portland Police. An officer from the Portland Police Bureau will review violations before a citation is issued. Penalties are the same as a speeding violation initiated by any other means. The typical speeding citation in Oregon is a Class C violation (11 to 20 mph in excess of the speed limit) resulting in a $170 fine. HB 2621 requires that money received from the speeding tickets can only be spent to cover the cost of the program or pay for safety improvements and programs on High Crash Corridors.

The Speed Safety Cameras program provides ample warning to people driving in the area. State law requires speed signage and speed reader boards to be installed on the street warning drivers at least 100 yards in advance of the cameras in both directions. Speed reader board displays a driver’s current rate of speed providing immediate feedback in advance of the fixed speed safety camera. PBOT staff also conducted extensive outreach with community stakeholders to raise awareness of the changes along the two corridors, before the cameras were installed.

In addition to the new cameras, PBOT is delivering additional safety and maintenance projects on Marine Drive. For example, PBOT will install a traffic signal at NE Marine Drive and 122nd Avenue, and installation of rumble strips is planned as well.

Death rate by various speeds

The City of Portland has joined cities around the country in embracing Vision Zero – the notion that the death of even one person on our roads is one too many. Vision Zero prevents traffic deaths through smart policy and system design. Learn more about Vision Zero and Speed Safety Cameras by visiting www.visionzeroportland.com.