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News Release: PBOT responds to public input, adds enforcement for sidewalk safety, as shared e-scooters return to Portland, potentially by April 26

(March 25, 2019) Responding to input from thousands of Portlanders, the Portland Bureau of Transportation today announced new measures to improve public safety and protect City parks as part of a one-year pilot program that could have shared electric scooters (e-scooters) return to Portland streets by late April. 

The Shared Electric Scooter Pilot Program starts April 26 and lasts until April 26, 2020. It follows a 120-day pilot program in 2018 that showed e-scooters have the potential to help reduce congestion and pollution. But it also raised concerns about people riding e-scooter on sidewalks, in violation of state traffic laws, creating conflict with people walking and people with disabilities.

Following the one-year pilot program, PBOT will evaluate the program and engage the public to develop recommendations for permanent rules for shared e-scooter use for the City Council to consider.

“Thank you to the thousands of community members who shared their feedback during the first pilot, particularly Disability Rights Oregon. Illegal e-scooter use on sidewalks and irresponsible parking came through loud and clear as the most prevalent problems with the program,” said Transportation Commissioner Chloe Eudaly. “E-scooters are unquestionably fun to ride: the challenge of this second pilot will be to see if it’s possible to mitigate problems while demonstrating that e-scooters can benefit Portlanders left out of the economic mainstream and advance our city’s climate goals.”

"With good data, we can make good decisions," said Interim Transportation Director Chris Warner. "Our comprehensive data requirements helped show that e-scooters eliminated thousands of car trips last year. In Portland, e-scooter companies will find a combination of penalties and potential incentives that will reward their efforts to create innovative solutions that reduce conflict between e-scooter users and people who walk or use mobility devices on our sidewalks."

Today, PBOT published an application form for companies that wish to provide shared e-scooter service in Portland. Applications are due April 9. PBOT anticipates notifying finalists April 18, followed by testing of equipment and technology that could result in e-scooters in operation by April 26. 

The 2019 pilot program includes new rules intended to improve public safety, ensure service to East Portland and provide funding for safety improvements: 

  • Companies could start service this year with a total 2,500 e-scooters citywide among all companies, compared with 2,043 deployed during the 2018 program. Companies may be able to expand their fleets if they follow all regulations and implement innovative programs that help meet city goals, such as eliminating sidewalk riding, eliminating improper parking, generating high ridership in East Portland. By January, PBOT estimates that companies may qualify for incentives that could lead to 9,000 total e-scooters in Portland.
  • If all companies qualify for all incentives, Portlanders could see a total 15,000 e-scooters by January. But the bureau’s incentive criteria are ambitious, involving technology that may still need to be developed. The permit also maintains a number of fail-safe measures, including the transportation director's ability to restrict a company's fleet size, suspend a company's permit, or pause the pilot. 
  • Companies can score higher in the application process if they are able to provide e-scooters with seats, which could provide a more comfortable transportation option for more people. They may also score higher if they offer e-scooters that can be locked to public bike racks, reducing incidents of e-scooters parked blocking sidewalks and ADA corner ramps.
  • Companies will be required to issue notifications, warnings, fines, and account suspensions to users who are not operating e-scooters legally. PBOT regulatory specialists will monitor sidewalks, documenting instances of illegal scooter riding and parking and providing those to the companies. After receiving a warning, e-scooter riders may receive a fine of $50 for riding on sidewalks, or $15 for illegal parking.
  • PBOT staff will monitor and audit the companies’ efforts to disincentivize and penalize unsafe rider behavior and respond to public reports of illegal parking.
  • Companies will be required to use geofencing technology to prohibit scooter riders from parking in Tom McCall Waterfront Park, including the multiuse path located along the Harbor Wall. Riders will not be able to end a trip in the park and will receive warnings and fines for repeated offenses of abandoning e-scooters in city parks.
  • A shortage of safe places to ride led many to ride e-scooters on sidewalks in 2018. To make more safe places to ride e-scooters, e-scooter riders will be charged a 25 cent street use fee, and companies will be charged a 5 to 20 cent right-of-way fee to generate funding to build safe places for people to use e-scooters, such as protected bike lanes and neighborhood greenways. PBOT learned in the first pilot that where e-scooter users had safe places to ride in the street, sidewalk riding decreased. These investments will also improve safety for people walking, biking or using mobility devices. 

In PBOT's 2018 e-scooter pilot program, the bureau gathered and shared with the public more data on the use of shared e-scooters than any other city in the nation. The bureau posted regular updates on its Twitter account, @PBOTinfo. It published a comprehensive report on the use of e-scooters, with data about injuries within weeks of the pilot program's completion.

PBOT will continue to provide regular public information updates throughout the 2019-20 pilot program.

Check the PBOT website, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts for updates on e-scooter use throughout the one-year pilot program

Questions? Email e-scooter@portlandoregon.gov

 

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PBOT News Advisory: Crosswalk education and enforcement action planned for SE Powell Blvd. at SE 54th Ave. on Wednesday, March 27

Raising awareness of pedestrian safety and Oregon traffic laws

(March 25, 2019) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland Police Bureau will conduct a crosswalk safety education and enforcement action on Wednesday, March 27, at the marked crossing on Southeast Powell Boulevard at Southeast 54th Avenue from noon to 1:30 p.m. to raise awareness of pedestrian safety and Oregon traffic laws. PBOT also reminds Portlanders to watch for people walking at all hours of the day or night. 

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Under Oregon law, EVERY intersection is a legal crosswalk, whether it is marked or unmarked. People driving must stop and stay stopped for people walking when the pedestrian is in the travel lane or the adjacent lane.

The crossing on Southeast Powell Boulevard at Southeast 54th Avenue has a marked crosswalk, median island and signage. A number of destinations nearby generate pedestrian traffic, including Franklin High School, St. Mark's Lutheran Church and various local businesses.

Southeast Powell Boulevard, a Vision Zero designated high crash network street, had a total of 122 fatal and serious injury crashes in 2007-16, the most recent 10-year period for which data are available. The intersection of Southeast 54th Avenue at Southeast Powell Boulevard had a total of 18 crashes including no fatal or serious injury crashes, during this same time period.

Southeast Powell Boulevard has also had three fatal crashes since January 2017.

People walking legally in Portland and hit by a person driving who fails to stop for them, is the number one cause of pedestrian crashes resulting in death and serious injury. People driving can do their part by having more patience, driving at or below the posted speed, continuously scanning the environment looking for people walking and bicycling, and being ready to stop as needed.

 SE Powell Boulevard at 54th Avenue

Southeast Powell Boulevard at Southeast 54th Avenue. Image by Google.com

Education and enforcement actions such as the March 27 event are a key part of the City of Portland’s citywide effort to achieve, Vision Zero, the goal of eliminating all traffic fatalities and serious injuries.

Each crosswalk education and enforcement action involves a designated pedestrian crossing at a marked or unmarked crosswalk while police monitor how people driving, bicycling and walking adhere to traffic safety laws. Drivers who fail to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk and pedestrians who fail to follow Oregon traffic laws may be issued a warning or citation. A Portland Bureau of Transportation staff member will serve as the designated pedestrian crossing the street during Wednesday’s action.

Crosswalk education and enforcement actions are an effective way to communicate traffic laws to people driving and walking. The transportation and police bureaus do education and enforcement actions in response to requests by community members, city traffic safety engineers, and Portland Police to educate the general public on the rules at marked and unmarked crossings.

Learn more about rights and responsibilities for crossing streets in Oregon (in English; Español); and view the results of previous actions.

Portland is committed to ending traffic violence in our communities. Through the Vision Zero program, the City of Portland and our partners are working to eliminate deaths and serious injuries on our streets.

To request a Vision Zero community briefing or enforcement action in your area, call the 823-SAFE Traffic Safety Hot Line at (503) 823-7233, or submit a Traffic Safety Hot Line request at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/69703.

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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: Road Work Ahead: City of Portland celebrates National Work Zone Awareness Week with tips for safe travel in work zones

New video shares perspectives of PBOT crew members on importance of work zone safety and how Portlanders can help keep city crews safe.

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City crews work at all hours and in all weather to repair, improve and maintain Portland's infrastructure.

(April 8, 2019) Rain, wind, snow or sun – the City of Portland’s crews are out on city streets every day of the year working to repair, improve and maintain Portland’s street and water infrastructure. On the first day of National Work Zone Awareness Week, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT), the Portland Water Bureau, Portland Parks & Recreation, and the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) remind people to take care when traveling through work zones.

To protect themselves and city workers, the bureaus ask Portlanders to follow these safety steps:

  • Use an alternate route. When you can, avoid streets with posted work zones.
  • Obey all speed and warning signs. Work zone signs are for anyone traveling through – whether the person is walking, biking, rolling or driving. They are there for your safety and will help prevent a collision. 
  • SLOW DOWN. Speed can be deadly. Alone or in combination with other factors, speed is a major factor in 47% of Portland’s traffic deaths.
  • Be alert. Put down your phone and pay attention to the road conditions ahead of you.
  • Carefully move over. When possible give workers more room between them and your vehicle, but do not veer into an oncoming traffic lane.
  • Keep your distance. Rear-end crashes are extremely common in work zones – maintain extra space between you and the person in front of you at all times.
  • Stay clear of construction vehicles. Heavy vehicles travel in and out of the work areas and can make sudden moves. We know it’s fun to see our machines at work, but please keep a safe distance from the work zone if you plan to watch.
  • Expect delays and be kind. Our goal is to get you through our work zone safely, while also completing our street improvements in an efficient manner. We appreciate your understanding.

Watch this video of PBOT Maintenance Crews sharing why safety around work zones is so important: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3FNrm-jSKI 

Work Zone Safety video screenshot

Click or tap to view the video.

As the construction season begins, crews will be out in neighborhoods across the city filling potholes, restriping roads, repairing street signs and clearing catch basins as well as building curb ramps and sidewalks, grinding and paving roads and so much more. Thank you for your patience as we do this crucial work to keep our city moving and feel free to show your appreciation to our crews with a thumbs up or a wave the next time you pass by.


 

About National Work Zone Awareness Week

National Work Zone Awareness Week runs from April 8-12, 2019. Work zones play a key role in maintaining and upgrading Portland's roadways, water and sewer infrastructure and more. Unfortunately, daily changes in traffic patterns, narrowed rights-of-way, and other construction activities often create a combination of factors resulting in crashes, injuries, and even fatalities. These crashes also cause excessive delays, especially given the constrained driving environment. Recent statistics from the National Highway Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) show there were a total of 158,000 work zone crashes total in 2016 across the United States—of which 42,000 were injury-involved crashes that resulted in 61,000 injuries. On average, in 2015, a work zone crash occurred once every 5.4 minutes.

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. www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation

About the Portland Water Bureau

The Portland Water Bureau has delivered drinking water from the Bull Run Watershed to customers’ faucets since 1895. Our Maintenance & Construction crews are ready to respond to emergencies, including water main breaks, 24-hours a day, seven days a week. On average, crews respond to 200 main breaks a year.

For questions on water quality, contact Water Line, 503-823-7525. Customer Service is available to answer questions about billing and financial assistance by phone from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 503-823-7770, and in-person at our Walk-In Service Center, 664 N. Tillamook St., from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. To learn more about your water system, visit portlandoregon.gov/water; follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram; or subscribe to our newsletter: portlandoregon.gov/water/EmailNews.

About the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services

The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration. www.portlandoregon.gov/bes

About Portland Parks & Recreation

The mission of Portland Parks & Recreation is to help Portlanders play - providing the safe places, facilities, and programs which promote physical, mental, and social activity. We get people, especially kids, outside, active, and connected to the community. As we do this, there will be an increase in the wellness of our residents and the livability of our city. www.portlandoregon.gov/parks

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Traffic Advisory: Tilikum Crossing pedestrian and bicycle traffic shifts to one side for four weeks for SW Bond Avenue construction

Streetcar over the Tilikum

Tilikum Crossing – Bridge of the People carries TriMet MAX train and buses, Portland Streetcar, and people walking, jogging, rolling, biking and scooting between Southeast Portland and South Waterfront.

(April 11, 2019) The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) advises the traveling public that starting Monday, April 15, the pedestrian/bicycle path on the north side of Tilikum Crossing, Bridge of the People, will be closed for two weeks, followed by a two-week closure of the south side path.

People walking and cycling in both directions on Tilikum Crossing will share the south side path between OMSI/SE Water and South Waterfront/SW Moody MAX stations April 15 through April 26, then share the north side path April 29 through May 10. These dates are subject to change.

The closures will allow PBOT’s contractor Goodfellow Bros, Inc. to connect a new segment of SW Bond Avenue to Tilikum Crossing / SW Porter Street. Work will include demolishing and replacing concrete walkways and bikeways, handrails, electrical conduits, striping, signage and signal equipment. Periodic night work will allow TriMet and Portland Streetcar services to continue without disruption.

We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all construction signage, and use alternate routes if possible. Portions of this work are weather-dependent and the schedule may change.

SW Bond Avenue design

When SW Bond Avenue opens later this year, people will be able to walk, jog, roll, bike and scoot over the Tilikum Crossing from the east side, then make an immediate right turn onto SW Bond Avenue for a shorter route to downtown (or do the opposite route to access Tilikum eastbound). At the north end, SW Bond Avenue will connect to what used to be a cul-de-sac on SW River Parkway underneath the Marquam Bridge.

SW Bond Avenue will feature sidewalks or interim asphalt walkways on both sides of the street, and a sidewalk-level protected bike lane in the northbound direction. Southbound bikes will share the roadway with light vehicle traffic in the southbound vehicle lane. Vehicular traffic will be able to use SW Bond Avenue in both directions between SW Meade Street and SW River Parkway, but will not be able to access SW Porter Street / Tilikum Crossing. Metered on-street parking will available north of SW Meade Street.

The SW Bond Avenue Extension Phase 1 is a partnership between PBOT, Prosper Portland and Oregon Health and & Science University (OHSU). The city’s investment in this 1,500-foot-long street serves as the city’s contribution to the Knight Cancer Challenge – a public-private partnership launched by Phil and Penny Knight in 2013 to construct a state-of-the-art OHSU research institute focused on early cancer detection and treatment. The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute opened in 2018 at 2720 SW Moody Ave. and will see improved access upon the completion of SW Bond Avenue and SW Meade Street later this year. SW Bond Avenue also will provide access to six additional development sites on OHSU’s Schnitzer Campus.

Substantial completion of SW Bond Avenue is anticipated in July 2019; however, PBOT’s ability to open the street to the public will depend on a number of technical issues associated with the connection to SW Meade Street, including lighting conduits and general construction activity. We will report an anticipated opening date when it is available.

Learn more and sign up for email updates about construction progress and upcoming community events at www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/bondave

The SW Bond Avenue Extension is funded by the North Macadam Urban Renewal Area administered by Prosper Portland, transportation system development charges administered by PBOT, and an Immediate Opportunity Fund grant from the State of Oregon, with right-of-way donation and most environmental remediation work provided by OHSU.

News Blog: PBOT releases draft Southwest in Motion Plan for public review

Southwest in Motion charts a course for a future Southwest Portland where residents have a range of safe and reliable transportation choices

Walking in Southwest Portland

People walk along SW Capitol Highway in the Hillsdale neighborhood in Southwest Portland. Photo by Nick Falbo, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

(April 17, 2019) The public review draft of Southwest in Motion (SWIM) is out! Like the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s (PBOT) other plans for active transportation, such as East Portland in Motion and Central City in Motion, SWIM is a realistic short-term action plan that identifies and prioritizes walking and biking projects for Southwest Portland. The public review draft of SWIM and an accompanying survey will be open for six weeks, through Friday, May 24.

The SWIM plan was developed with extensive public feedback from Southwest Portlanders. Over one thousand people used PBOT’s online mapping tool to provide their initial feedback on walking and biking priorities and needs in Southwest Portland. A stakeholder working group provided oversight and  their knowledge of the neighborhood to help fine tune projects. In addition, PBOT convened eight separate community focus groups to help staff identify infrastructure needs unique to specific communities. Participants included OHSU Campus Outreach, SW Trails, Markham Elementary Somali Families, Congregation Kesser Israel and others.

SWIM Project map

The recommended walking and biking network for Southwest Portland that was developed as part of the Southwest in Motion planning process.

The draft plan:

  • Identifies priority short term walking and biking projects, such as bike lanes, sidewalks, shoulders, and neighborhood greenways.
  • Lists short-term crossing enhancements, including enhanced and new crosswalk designs.
  • Discusses other potential road safety enhancements, including walkable shoulders and traffic calming.
  • Promotes key programs to support community-initiated projects, such as block parties, community plazas, and urban trails.
  • Recommends policies to advance walking and biking in Southwest Portland.

With continued population growth in Portland, Southwest Portlanders can play a major role making the City’s vision for a safe and sustainable transportation system a reality. In fact, today’s transportation trends suggest we are in the midst of a major transformation of how people get from place to place in Southwest Portland. Recent trends suggest that more and more people in Southwest Portland are choosing to get out of their cars and walk, bike, roll, or take transit instead. With the potential for major transportation investments on the horizon, what would it look like for Southwest Portland to be a place where every resident had a wide range of transportation options? By establishing a basic network for walking and biking, Southwest in Motion charts a course for a future Southwest Portland where residents have a range of safe and reliable transportation choices.

Ready to dig in? View the public review draft of Southwest in Motion, check out specific project details and descriptions from Appendix A, then take a quick survey and tell us what you think. Your feedback will be used to help further refine the SWIM Plan before it is shared with City Council. The City Council date for the final draft plan is not yet set.

Join our interested parties email list to receive a notice when a City Council date is confirmed by signing up on the SWIM website: www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/SWIM

click to view the draft SWIM plan