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News Blog: Better Naito to close on September 23

Starting this week, the public will have a chance to weigh in on a permanent version of Better Naito - one of 18 projects under consideration in Central City in Motion project.

(Sept. 4, 2018) Another successful season of Better Naito will draw to a close on September 23, 2018. The seasonal protected space for people walking, biking and rolling is ending one week earlier than initially planned to accommodate Multnomah County’s Burnside Bridge Maintenance Project. The project will repair sections of the Burnside Bridge during September and October, including the sections that are above Naito Parkway as well as the bike lanes, sidewalks and driveways under the bridge.

Since 2015, Better Naito has provided a protected space for pedestrians and cyclists traveling along Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park during its busiest season: summer. Every year the park hosts many of the region’s largest festivals, drawing almost 700,000 visitors during the spring and summer, and over 15,000 people on the busiest days. In 2017, cyclists took almost 400,000 one-way trips on Better Naito. Better Naito will return for another season in 2019, with the installation tentatively scheduled for the last weekend of April.

“Multnomah County has worked with its Burnside Bridge contractor, neighbors and PBOT to coordinate work on the bridge above Naito Parkway in September,” said Multnomah County Spokesperson Mike Pullen. “The schedule change minimizes impacts on the University of Oregon facility on the northwest side of the bridge and reduces costs and schedule impacts for the bridge repairs. We’re thankful for the City’s flexibility as we complete this important maintenance work.”

Signs informing the public of the closure and detour route will be installed in the coming weeks. The bollards delineating Better Naito from the adjacent northbound travel lane will be removed during the weekend of September 22-23.

Starting this week, the public will have a chance to weigh in on a permanent version of Better Naito - one of 18 projects under consideration in Central City in Motion project. The public is invited to share their priorities for Central City in Motion via online and in-person open houses this September. 

Learn more about the next generation of transit, pedestrian, freight, and bicycle investments in Portland’s Central City at www.centralcityinmotion.com or in person at one of two open houses:

  • Thursday, September 13, from 4:00 - 7:00 pm at PSU's Karl Miller Center located at 615 SW Harrison.
  • Tuesday, September 18, from 4:00 to 7:00pm at the OMSI Auditorium located at 1945 SE Water Ave.

News Blog: Have your say about the future of biking, walking and public transit in Downtown and the Central Eastside at a Central City in Motion open house

Online open house starts today, showing 18 transformative projects

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(Sept. 5, 2018) Following extensive data collection, dozens of stakeholder meetings, and thousands of public comments, PBOT’s Central City in Motion project has focused in on 18 projects that will help manage job and population growth. An economic hub for the entire state, the Central City’s population is projected to triple and the number of jobs area will increase by 40 percent by 2035. 

We can’t add more streets to the Central City, so as more people and businesses use the system, we will need to make it more predictable, reliable and safe. Each of the 18 projects under consideration is designed to do just that, making our streets more efficient with investments in bus lanes, protected bikeways, and safer pedestrian crossings. Today, PBOT is launching the third of a series of online open houses where you can learn about the 18 Central City in Motion projects and weigh in on which PBOT should construct first.  

PBOT does not have enough funding to build all of the projects proposed, so we need the public’s help to determine which ones should be prioritized for construction over the next five years. The 18 projects include 88 safer pedestrian crossings, about nine miles of bus lanes, and about 23 miles of bikeways. 

Join us in our third online open house to see what PBOT is proposing and weigh in on your top priorities. This is the third of a series of three online open houses that will be used to create a project implementation plan to be presented to City Council, tentatively set for late October. The interactive interface allows the public to select individual projects and see renderings from a bird’s-eye view, project descriptions and cost estimates of each to the projects, as well as understand the tradeoffs between the proposed and existing conditions. A dynamic budgeting tool allows Portlanders to create and submit their own prioritized project lists, providing valuable input to our project team. The open house also shares information gathered from previous outreach, showcasing how prior input shaped the 18 projects currently under consideration. 

PBOT is also offering Portlanders the opportunity to learn more about the 18 proposed projects and provide their input in person.  

Join us at a Central City in Motion Open House: 

  • Downtown at PSU's Karl Miller Center (615 SW Harrison) on Thursday, Sept. 13, 4 – 7 pm 
  • Central Eastside at OMSI’s Auditorium (1945 SE Water) on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 4 – 7 pm 

Learn more at the project web sitewww.centralcityinmotion.com

View the projects and provide your thoughts now at an online open house, available through September 18th, 2018. 

In addition to this broad-based public engagement, PBOT has convened a Sounding Board to ensure a wide set of community and business perspectives are incorporated in the project. With the assistance of Sounding Board members, PBOT has convened focus groups and targeted surveys with residents living on low-incomes 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 area. 

The goal of Central City in Motion to make transportation 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. 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. 

Central City in Motion is part of a larger series of strategic planning efforts throughout geographic areas of the city, begun with East Portland in Motion in 2012. Since adoption, PBOT and agency partners have invested over $255 million into projects identified in East Portland in Motion. PBOT has similar efforts currently underway in Southwest and Northwest Portland (Southwest in Motion and Northwest in Motion). 

For more information see the project web site. To request a meeting with your community group, contact project manager Gabriel Graff, 503-823-5291 or gabriel.graff@portlandoregon.gov.  

Join us this Friday 9/21 for International PARK(ing) Day

2018 PARK(ing) Day is September 21, 2018

On Friday, cities around the world will be celebrating International PARK(ing) Day! Save the date to visit Portland's pop-up parks!

Plan your PARK(ing) Day itinerary by clicking here for a map of PARK(ing) Day spots!

On Friday, September 21, eighteen parking spaces located throughout Portland will be turned into into unique and transformative public spaces such as a podcast studio, a bubble park, a salmon stream, an art studio, a letter-writing lounge, and much more. Join us this Friday to take part in this once-a-year International PARK(ing) Day celebration.

Spread the word about PARK(ing) Day in Portland!

Let your network know about PARK(ing) Day and share your experiences!

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This year, PARK(ing) Day installations are located throughout Portland; be sure to plan your visit and say hi! [click here to view map!]

Where in Portland is PARK(ing) Day?

NORTH PORTLAND:

Art Parking (on N Denver St between N Schofield St & N Kilpatrick St): Art for All. Come create art and display your work on the display racks provided. By a Portland resident.

 

NORTHEAST PORTLAND:

Don't Park, PUTT!! (on NE Multnomah St between NE 7th Ave and 9th Ave) : It's National Putt Putt day, come and try out our mini putt-putt course, enjoy snacks and get some swag! For pedestrians and cyclists. By Go Lloyd.

 

NORTHWEST PORTLAND:

Burst Your Bubble (on NW 17th Ave between NW Lovejoy St and NW Kearney St): Come and enjoy a public bubble park for kids of all ages! By Opsis Architecture.

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CRES-tober-FEST (on NW Marshall St between NW 14th Ave and NW 15th Ave): CRES-tober-FEST will be a fall celebration theme park complete with apple cider, corn-hole, giant Jenga, and pretzels. By Cambridge Real Estate Services.

Future Prairie Mobile Podcasting Studio (on NW 11th Ave between NW Couch St and NW Davis St): Join this mobile podcasting studio and enjoy some complimentary tea. By Future Prairie (artist collective).

Public Art Park (on NW 17th Ave between NW Northrup St and NW Overton St): Public Art Installation with all surfaces vibrantly painted with colors and patterns. By Swift.

StreetCarnival (on NW 11th Ave between NW Marshall St and NW Lovejoy St): Come check out a StreetCar Cutout and get your picture taken. There will be a spinning wheel and lots of StreetCar swag to go around! By Portland StreetCar, Inc.

Urban Transformation (on NW Everett St between NW 10th Ave and NW 9th Ave): This parklet is a mini urban transect, more constructed on one end and more natural on the other. Sit or move through the space and leave thoughts and ideas on a wishing tree. By Sera Architects.

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SOUTHEAST PORTLAND:

Bikes & Coffee (on SE 52nd Ave between SE Tibbetts St and SE Franklin St): Coffee for cyclists (and anyone who like a good cuppa), as well as various bike tools and part on hand. By a Portland resident.

Connections: Reclaiming Streets and Revisiting Public Art (on SE Hawthorne Blvd between SE Grand Ave and SE 6th Ave): On the Multnomah County Building there are two bronze bas reliefs entitled Connections. Come and get a good look at these beautiful pieces of art! By Multnomah County.

Getting to Know You: Hey Neighbor! (on SE Hawthorne Blvd between SE 35th Ave and SE 35th Pl): Seating and games outside of Metro Boutique. Come and engage in an activity to learn more about your neighbors and neighborhood. By SE Uplift.

Making Connections for Fun (on SE 18th Ave between SE Ash St and SE Ankeny St): Bring your indoor plant out for a day in the sun and connect with your neighbors for a game of connect four or puzzle solving! By PlusQA.

Teddy Bear Picnic (on SE Alder St between SE 16th Ave and SE 15th Ave): Come and take a tea break with panda bears while surrounded by bamboo plants. By a Portland resident.

The Write_On Letter Writing Lounge (on SE Division St between SE 32nd Ave and SE 33rd Ave): Pull up a chair, grab a pen and take time for some slow communication. This installation transforms a parking space into a letter writing salon! By Egg Press.

Neighborhood to the River (on SE Hawthorne Blvd between SE 40th Ave and SE 41st Ave): BES, Friends of Trees and New Seasons Market bring you the stream. Enjoy salmon, streams and trees and learn more about watershed health and stormwater management. By the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services.

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SOUTHWEST PORTLAND:

Future of Transportation (on SW 2nd Ave between SW Taylor St and SW Yamhill St): An installation designed to provoke conversation about the future of transportation in Portland, including electric bikes, scooters and cars, rideshare and more. Enjoy trivia and prizes, a voting board and snacks while checking out an e-bike or scooter. By Forth Empowering Mobility.

What Will You Miss? (on SW Park Ave between SW Taylor St and SW Yamhill St): Sharing Mercy Corp's vision that resilience is possible with climate change. What will you miss when we are further impacted by climate change? By Mercy Corps.

Skylab Installation (on SW 13th Ave between SW Burnside St and SW Washington St): Our PARK(ing) Installation seeks to give people a reason to take a break and pay more attention to their surroundings. Our unique ground surface will hopefully cause people to engage with the site and participate in thought provoking activities. By Skylab Architecture.

What is PARK(ing) Day?

PARK(ing) Day is an internationally celebrated event that has been taking place in Portland since 2006. 

This annual event allows residents and artists to collaborate and temporarily transform parking spaces into engaging public spaces. Since 2005, PARK(ing) Day has evolved into a global movement with organizations and individuals creating new forms of public space in urban contexts around the world. Learn more at www.pbotparkingday.com.

S(parking) connections PDX!

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Traffic Advisory: Street improvements on SE 50th Avenue from September 20-24

(Sept. 20, 2018) – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that SE 50th Avenue will be closed to traffic for street improvements from SE Division Street to SE Hawthorne Blvd starting at 10:00 p.m. Thursday, September 20 to 6:00 a.m. Monday, September 24 during all hours, all days.

The lane closures will allow crews to complete work on the street as part of the Fixing Our Streets SE 50th Avenue Paving Project.

During the closure, local access for residents and businesses will be maintained.

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.

Traffic Advisory: Better Naito removed 24 hours ahead of schedule

better naito logo(Sept. 21, 2018) Due to an internal miscommunication, Better Naito was removed a day earlier than scheduled. Portland Bureau of Transportation flaggers have been stationed on both ends of the installation to inform people walking and biking of the unexpected closure. In addition, signage is being installed along the corridor to inform travelers of the traffic change, including “Better Naito Closed”, “Use Ped Crossing” and “Wrong Way” signs.

The bureau apologizes for this inconvenience and appreciates the public’s understanding. We know many Portlanders rely on Better Naito daily and are pursuing funding to make the multi-use path a permanent, year-round facility.

Learn more about Better Naito at www.betternaito.com