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News Release: Sunday Parkways wraps up another great year with Northeast Portland route

sunday parkways logo 2018

(Sept. 20, 2018) Portland Sunday Parkways presented by Kaiser Permanente launches its last event of the year on Sept. 23 with an 8-mile Northeast Portland route. This traffic-free, family-friendly event takes people biking, rolling, walking or running on a tour of Woodlawn, Alberta, Fernhill, and Khunamokwst parks (pronounced KAHN-ah-mockst - click to hear the full pronunciation).

This popular route includes several neighborhood greenways, streets the Portland Bureau of Transportation has designed to prioritize bicycling, encourage walking and inspire people of all backgrounds to get out and get active every day. Sunday Parkways invites everyone to experience a collection of fun activities, festive music, and delicious food along with the popular Kaiser Permanente Sticker Hunt to benefit mental wellness organizations in our community.

Sticker Hunt NE Logo 2018“I am so pleased to become transportation commissioner in time to help celebrate the last of  this year’s Sunday Parkways events,” said City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, who became the commissioner overseeing PBOT, effective Sept. 4. “I encourage everyone to enjoy this chance to experience traffic-free streets, where you can walk, bike or roll to so many lovely Portland parks. With the start of school, Sunday Parkways is the perfect time for children and parents to practice biking and walking together. As the parent of a child with a disability, I look forward to the day when all Portlanders will have the ability to safely navigate our streets every day.”

Kaiser Permanente Sticker Hunt participants can complete the Sticker Hunt this Sunday by collecting the last of five, collectible neighborhood decals as a prize (Northeast Portland decal shown here). With each completed Sticker Hunt Map that is turned in to a Kaiser Permanente booth, a donation will be delivered to one of three mental health organizations (Trillium, Folk Time and NAMI Multnomah) to support keeping Oregon well.

In tune with Sunday Parkways’ reputation as a wonderful opportunity to ride bikes, Sunday Parkways is partnering with the African American Outdoor Association and the Community Cycling Center to lead a Sunday Parkways ride.  Families, friends and the community are invited out to ride together. For those who do not have bikes, Community Cycling Center will provide loaner bikes and helmets for adult bicycle riders that can be used for free during the event.  

In the full spirit of everything bike friendly and accessible, the Andando en Bicicletas en Cully (ABC) group, supported by the Community Cycling Center and Forth, will host a Bilingual Bike Fair at Sunday Parkways. The ABC group is comprised of Hacienda residents in the Cully neighborhood committed to providing and coordinating programs to promote bicycling. This amazing group will provide bike helmet safety and bike repair advice in both English and Spanish. The Bilingual Bike Fair can be found at Khunamokwst Park on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. All are welcome!

The detailed Sunday Parkways route map  shows the route as well as bus and light rail options to help area residents get to Sunday Parkways via bike and transit. A schedule and listing of event highlights are available on the Sunday Parkways Northeast Portland brochure.

For maps and more information, visit PortlandSundayParkways.org or call 503-823-7599. Follow us on Facebook at PortlandSundayParkways and on Twitter @Sunday Parkways

 About Sunday Parkways

Portland Sunday Parkways, presented by Kaiser Permanente, is a series of free community events opening the city's largest public space—its streets—for people to walk, bike, roll and discover active transportation. The events are beloved by Portlanders of all ages. Total attendance to date has been 889,035 over 44 Sunday Parkways events. Residents and visitors say they come to enjoy the traffic-free streets connecting parks and schools filled with activities, music and vendors. It’s safe, family-friendly and a chance to meet neighbors. 

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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 Release: PBOT to reduce speed limit on NE Marine Drive high crash corridor, between I-5 and NE 33rd Drive

Eastbound safety cameras near 33rd Drive to issue warnings for two weeks

Marine Drive speed limit reduction 2018

(Sept. 24, 2018) -- The Portland Bureau of Transportation will reduce the speed limit on  a two-mile stretch of North Marine Drive, between Interstate 5 and NE 33rd Drive, starting Tuesday Sept. 25, from 40 mph to 35 mph.

PBOT won state approval for the change, as part of the City's Vision Zero effort to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries, on Aug. 30.

There were 140 reported crashes, including six people seriously injured, on this segment of Marine Drive, where the speed limit will be reduced, from 2012 to 2016, the most recent five-year period for which data are available. 

Vision Zero Portland logoThe Speed Safety Camera on eastbound NE Marine Drive, which were installed in February, will issue warnings starting Tuesday for two weeks. Citations will resume Oct. 10.

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 cameras are located in two locations on the corridor – westbound near NE 138th Avenue and eastbound near NE 33rd Avenue. The speed limit is not changing near the NE 138th Avenue cameras, so enforcement there will not be effected. 

In addition to the new speed limit, PBOT is delivering a variety of safety projects on Marine Drive including several in East Portland. Slated for construction starting in early 2019 on Marine Drive:

  • Shoulder and centerline rumble strips* (NE 33rd to NE 185th)
  • New traffic signal at NE 122nd
  • Buffered bike lanes (NE 112th to NE 122nd)
  • Gaps filled in multiuse path (NE 112th to NE 185th)
  • Rapid flashing beacons (NE 112th and NE 138th)

*19% of crashes on Marine Drive are lane departure crashes where a person drives out of their travel lane. On average, centerline rumble strips reduce all crash types by 9% and head-on or sideswipe crashes (which are often serious) by 44%. On average, shoulder rumble strips reduce crashes by 36%.

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.

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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 Release: Ending annual fee, PBOT declares Leaf Day Free!

Agency also releases 2018 leaf pickup schedule

  

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free(October 2, 2018) Today, the Portland Bureau of Transportation announced that it would no longer charge Portland residents to pick up leaves during Leaf Day, the City's annual fall leaf clean up program. PBOT also released the 2018 Leaf Day schedule. The first day of this year's Leaf Day will be November 9th.

For decades, the bureau has collected leaves and swept streets in designated Leaf Districts, locations that account for the vast majority of leaves that fall on city streets. In 2010, the bureau started charging a fee for the service to recover the city's costs during the Great Recession. 

“When a policy is not meeting its intended goal, we shouldn’t be afraid to reevaluate it and change course if necessary,” said Commissioner Chloe Eudaly. “That’s what we’ve done with the Leaf Day fee. It never met its goal as a cost recovery measure. By ending it, we will save on administrative costs, our streets and storm drains will be cleared and Portlanders will have one less fee to pay.”  

"This year, we're introducing a big change to Leaf Day. We're making it free," said Chris Warner, PBOT's Interim Director. "We know the public appreciates this service, which keeps our streets safe for everyone and reduces the chance of street flooding. But the fee we started collecting in 2010 never met its goal of covering the city's costs. In addition, the cost of administering the fee have been quite significant, adding up to almost 20% of program costs. Finally, more and more Portlanders have opted out of the program over the years. Given all these factors, we decided it made financial and policy sense to return to providing this service free of charge." 

Learn more at portlandoregon.gov/leafday

Portland's tree canopy covers a significant portion of the city. In autumn, wet fallen leaves can become very slick, creating potential hazards for people walking, biking, rolling or driving through tree-lined neighborhoods. Leaves can also clog storm drains and thus contribute to street flooding during heavy fall rains. To help address these hazards, city crews have been removing thousands of cubic yards of leaves from Portland streets for more than three decades. 

Since 2010, PBOT charged residential customers $15 per leaf removal. Commercial and multi-family properties with over four units were charged $65 per removal. 

During the years when PBOT collected a leaf fee, the revenue never covered the operational and administrative costs of the program. In fact in the last five years, leaf fee revenues have covered less than 50% of program costs. Starting with this year's Leaf Day, leaf removal will be funded through general transportation dollars, much like other services such as snow and ice removal, pothole repairs and roadside vegetation clean-up.

Besides the end of the leaf fee, the other aspects of Leaf Day will not change. Starting  November 9th, PBOT crews will remove leaves in 52 leaf districts across the city. Residents in the leaf districts should move their cars and other obstacles from the street and limb their street trees prior to their Leaf Day service to facilitate a more effective clean-up. 

2018 Leaf Day Schedule

(View all districts on our interactive Leaf Day map)

Leaf Day Schedule

 

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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: Another record-breaking year for PBOT's Sunday Parkways program

Help us plan for 2019 by taking the Sunday Parkways post-season survey

Sunday Parkways A Year in Review

 

(Oct. 11, 2018) Another record-breaking season of Sunday Parkways has come to an end. With an estimated 125,000 participants over five events, the 2018 season was our biggest year yet!

In addition to offering events on four pre-existing and beloved neighborhood routes in Southeast, North, Outer Northeast and Northeast Portland, the Portland Bureau of Transportation introduced the Green Loop route in July – taking 33,000 participants on an adventure through Portland’s Central City. And, just like every year, each Parkways was filled with smiles, laughter, fun and hundreds upon thousands of first-time experiences that make this PBOT program the memory-making Portland institution it has become. 

After eleven seasons of Sunday Parkways, participants have shared lots of firsts:

  • First time riding a bike with friends or family in the street
  • First visit to a new park or neighborhood
  • First taste from that food cart that is now your favorite
  • First ride or walk with thousands of fellow Portlanders
  • First time volunteering for a community event

But even after all these years, we still have new firsts to add to the list. Here are some of our favorite "firsts" from Sunday Parkways 2018:

  • First time on the Green Loop, including the Rose Quarter, Broadway Bridge, Portland Art Museum, Portland State University and Lovejoy Fountain
  • First shared electric scooters at Sunday Parkways as part of Portland’s E-Scooter Pilot Program
  • First time at the new Gateway Discovery Park
  • First time hosting Everybody Rides and Adaptive Bikes
  • First Sunday Parkways appearances by Blaze the Trail Cat, Timber Joey, and Moshow the Cat Rapper

But enough from us, what was your favorite part of Sunday Parkways this year? We want to hear from you. Please take five minutes to complete the Sunday Parkways post-season survey. Your feedback will help us as we start planning for 2019. 

As a thank you for your participation, you will have the opportunity to be entered into a raffle at the end of the survey. Raffle prizes include: $25 Visa Gift Card (4 winners will be selected) and 2018 Sunday Parkways T-shirt (4 winners will be selected).

CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY

Traffic Advisory: Street improvements on SW Vermont Street between SW 55th and SW 45th, October 15-26

Detour map

During street improvements on SW Vermont between October 15-26, eastbound traffic will be detoured up SW Shattuck before returning to SW Vermont via SW 45th Avenue.

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(Oct. 12, 2018) The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements on SW Vermont Street from SW 55th Ave to SW 45th Ave will require lane closures beginning Monday, October 15 through Friday, October 26, during all hours and all days.

The lane closures will allow crews to grind and pave the street as part of the Fixing Our Streets SW Vermont Street paving project.

People traveling east on SW Vermont from SW Oleson Road will be detoured to SW Shattuck Road, then routed to SW Cameron Road from SW Shattuck Rd and then finally routed towards SW 45th Ave down back to SW Vermont, for all hours and all days. Access will be maintained for businesses and residents during the project. Other travel alternatives include SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway and SW Garden Home Road to SW Multnomah Boulevard.

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.