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News Release: Adaptive BIKETOWN kicks off 2019 Season

 Fouur people riding Adaptive Biketown bikes

Riders on adaptive bicycles at the Adaptive BIKETOWN/Kerr Bikes location along Portland's Eastbank Esplanade near OMSI. Photo by Sarah Petersen/PBOT.

(May 8, 2019) The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) and Albertina Kerr today announced the opening of the 2019 season for Adaptive BIKETOWN, a program that provides adaptive bikes for short-term rental.

An extension of BIKETOWN, Portland’s bike share program, Adaptive BIKETOWN is a bike rental service focused on increasing bicycle access to people with disabilities.

Initiated as a pilot project in 2017, this is Adaptive BIKETOWN’s third season.

“I am very pleased that Adaptive BIKETOWN is open for the 2019 season and now includes electric-assist adaptive bikes,” said Transportation Commissioner Chloe Eudaly. “There is still a great deal of work to be done to achieve equity in transportation, but an expanded Adaptive BIKETOWN is a strong step forward that acknowledges the needs of Portlanders with disabilities and further integrates adaptive bikes into our bike share system.”

As part of PBOT’s celebration of National Bike Month, Adaptive BIKETOWN rentals will provide 90 minutes of free ride time for those that qualify for a TriMet Honored Citizens pass from May 9 to May 19.

Adaptive BIKETOWN will also be at every Sunday Parkways this year showcasing different adaptive bikes at each event, beginning with Southeast Portland Sunday Parkways on May 19.

Adaptive BIKETOWN is operated by Kerr Bikes, an initiative of the non-profit Albertina Kerr, which provides a comprehensive array of services for kids and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and mental health challenges.

“Albertina Kerr is proud to be a partner in making the Adaptive BIKETOWN vision a reality here in Portland,” said Albertina Kerr CEO Jeff Carr. “Enriching people’s lives by providing accessible and appropriate bike rental options is consistent with our vision of creating a more inclusive community.”

Riders can choose from 15 different bikes that are designed for people with a range of abilities. The fleet includes hand-powered cycles, foot-powered cycles and multi-rider cycles. Through a grant from Nike, Adaptive BIKETOWN added two electric-assist foot-powered cycles in 2018.

The Adaptive BIKETOWN bicycles are available for rent at Kerr Bikes’ OMSI location along the Eastbank Esplanade. The rental cost is $5 per hour or three hours for $12 for people with disabilities, seniors and those who qualify for a TriMet honored citizen pass. Rental prices are higher for others.

Kerr Bikes encourages first-time renters to register in advance for a bike fitting, to ensure that the bikes are properly adjusted for the best ride. Those measurements will be saved, allowing for easy walk-in rentals for future rides. Walk-in registration is allowed, but participants should expect the fitting process to take from 15 minutes to one hour.

The growing use of Adaptive BIKETOWN speaks to the demand for adaptive bicycle access in Portland. In 2018, rentals increased 220 percent over 2017. The vast majority of riders (87 percent) qualified for a TriMet Honored Citizens pass. This 87 percent is composed of people with disabilities, seniors, and those living on low incomes.

“Adaptive BIKETOWN offers folks the ability to choose within their abilities a recreational vehicle of sorts to experience our beautiful city,” said Deidre Hall a member of the community advisory committee that advised PBOT on the program’s design. “As a person with a disability myself, I hadn’t ridden an adaptive bicycle since childhood and I was so thrilled to be given the opportunity to do so as an adult…Watching the program take shape and the smiles on the faces of my fellow disability community members experiencing the excitement and empowerment of adaptive bicycle riding, many for the first time, has been priceless.”

For reservations and additional information about the program, please visit adaptivebiketown.com.

Photo of Adaptive Biketown rider Deider Hall

Deidre Hall, who was a member of PBOT's Adaptive Bike Workgroup, takes an adaptive bike for a spin as part of the program. Photo by PBOT.


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News Release: Commissioner Chloe Eudaly and community members cut the ribbon on the new 122nd Avenue Bridge over Johnson Creek

cutting the ribbon on the 122nd Avenue bridge

Commissioner Chloe Eudaly and David Porter of Leach Garden Friends cut the ribbon the new SE 122nd Avenue Bridge. Photo by John Brady, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

(May 9, 2019) Portland Transportation Commissioner Chloe Eudaly joined David Porter, Executive Director of Leach Garden Friends, and community members today to celebrate the opening of the new 122nd Avenue Bridge over Johnson Creek.

The SE 122nd Avenue Bridge, located at the entrance to Leach Botanical Garden, was damaged by high water associated with heavy rains during winter storms in December 2015 and was closed to motor vehicles until a replacement bridge could be built.

Bridge before

Beginning in January 2016, PBOT crews worked to stabilize the bridge site to limit the risk of further deterioration. The project was initially funded in March 2016 by a committee of the Oregon Department of Transportation and local agencies. In total, the replacement of the SE 122nd Avenue Bridge was allocated $3.5 Million in Federal Highway Bridge Funds. The federal funds required a local match of $350,000, which PBOT provided using general transportation revenue, which is mainly funded by parking revenue and the City’s share of state gas tax.

The new bridge consists of a durable reinforced concrete deck supported on steel girders, clear spanning the creek to eliminate all future flood related issues. It is about 10 feet wider to accommodate sidewalks on both sides of the bridge and has been constructed to be ADA accessible. The bridge railing features a decorative grass design that complements its natural surroundings. The bridge is also designed to support the salmon habitat in Johnson Creek. The new bridge’s design life is 75 years.

before and after

“Building a bridge is never easy, and this was a particularly complicated project: parts of the preexisting bridge dated back to the 1900’s and could not be easily repaired,” said Commissioner Chloe Eudaly. “The new bridge is a big improvement, with sidewalks on both sides and ADA accessibility. This bridge is also more resilient in the face of flooding, and it is built to serve our community for many decades to come. I know that we have all been waiting for quite a while for this day and I’d like to thank every community member for your patience.”

“Leach Garden Friends is very happy to have this attractive new bridge at the gateway to the Garden. It is a herald of things to come as we begin our own improvements,” said David Porter, Executive Director of Leach Garden Friends, in reference to the Garden’s Upper Garden Development Plan that will bring new botanical and programmatic experiences to visitors and make a connection to the historic Garden and Manor House along Johnson Creek.

Bridge and garden visitors can park at the Garden’s parking lot just south of the bridge and walk across the bridge to the Garden’s main entrance. A map with directions to the garden available at the garden’s web site: www.leachgarden.org

Additional photos and information about the 122nd Avenue Bridge can be found at www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/122ndbridge

Traffic Advisory: Major Fixing Our Streets project advances with paving on Foster beginning May 10 at 8 p.m.

Paid for by Fixing Our Streets

(May 10, 2019) – The Foster Streetscape Project, a $9 million Fixing Our Streets project, is set to enter its final stage with the paving of SE Foster from SE 82nd Avenue to 92nd Avenue. The travelling public is advised that the work will being on Friday, May 10 at 8 p.m.  

During construction, SE Foster Road will be closed nightly from SE 92nd to SE 82nd Avenue in both directions Monday through Friday from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. The construction is expected to conclude on Saturday, May 18 at 6 a.m. 

Westbound traffic on SE Foster Road will detour at SE 92nd Avenue north or south to SE Holgate Boulevard or SE Flavel Street. Eastbound traffic will detour at SE 82nd Avenue north or south to SE Holgate Boulevard or SE Flavel Street. TriMet bus line 14 heading westbound on SE Foster Road will detour to SE Ellis Street. Local access will be maintained during the detour. 

Please avoid area if possible and expect delays as we repair this section of road. We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all lane detours and directions by reader boards and flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible. 

This work is weather-dependent, and the schedule may change

The Foster Transportation and Streetscape Project will deliver a street that is safer and more attractive for people walking, biking, taking transit and driving. With improved crossings and other safety features, modern signals, new pavement, 190 street trees and new decorative street lights, the project will transform Foster Road into an inviting thoroughfare that supports a vibrant commercial district and enhances the quality of life in the surrounding neighborhoods. Learn more at www.saferfoster.com.  

The paving portion of the $9M Foster Transportation and Streetscape Project is paid for by Fixing Our Streets. Learn more about Fixing Our Streets at www.fixingourstreets.com.  

Paid for by Fixing Our Streets

News Blog: Learn about improvements coming to the NE 60th Avenue and Halsey area at our open house

NE 60th and Halsey

The current intersection at NE 60th and Halsey. Image courtesy of Google.

(May 15, 2019) The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is kicking off the design phase for a new project in the Rose City Park neighborhood. The NE 60th and Halsey Area Improvements Project will include improvements for people walking, biking and driving on NE Halsey Street between NE 47th and 60th Avenues and on NE 60th Avenue between the MAX station and NE Halsey Street. Halsey Street is part of the High Crash Network for people driving and walking.

As part of this project PBOT will: 

  • Improve the flow of motor vehicle traffic on NE Halsey Street between NE 57th and 60th Avenues with new traffic signals and dedicated turn lanes. The NE 57th and Halsey signal was last rebuilt in 1972 (five years before the Trail Blazers won their first NBA playoff series) and the NE 60th Avenue signal was last rebuilt in 1985. The new signals will include modern communication technology that allow for traffic signal synchronization along the corridor.
  • Make the intersection of NE Halsey Street and NE 47th Avenue safer for people walking, biking and driving with a new traffic signal and dedicated turn lanes.
  • Widen the sidewalk on NE 60th Avenue between NE Halsey Street and the NE 60th Avenue MAX Station.
  • Construct bike improvements as part of the 60s Bikeway from SE Davis Street to NE Sacramento Street.

The project is currently in the early design phase and is scheduled to begin construction in the summer of 2020. 

Want to learn more? Please join us at our upcoming open house:

When:             Tuesday, May 21, 2019

                        5:30 - 7 p.m. and 8:15 - 9 p.m.

Where:            5626 NE Alameda Street

                        (German American Society Building)

If you can’t make the open house, you can attend the online open house, which will be live on the project website from June 1st through 21st. Sign up online for a reminder when it goes live:

http://www.portlandonline.com/transportation/60thandhalsey

PBOT is hosting this open house in conjunction with the Rose City Park Neighborhood Association General Membership Meeting. 

Traffic Advisory: A smoother street coming to NE 133rd Avenue from NE Shaver Street to NE Sandy Boulevard starting today

(May 16, 2019) Street improvements begin today on NE 133rd Avenue from NE Shaver Street to NE Sandy Boulevard. Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) crews will close the street in order to grind down the road surface and repave the street starting today, Thursday, May 16, through Tuesday, May 21. The street will be closed on business days from 7 a.m. through 4 p.m.

The street closure will allow crews to grind and pave .49 lane miles of pavement.

During work hours, motor vehicle traffic, including TriMet buses, will be rerouted.

Please avoid the area if possible and expect long delays as we repair this section of road. We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all lane detours and directions by reader boards and flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible. Thank you for your patience as we work to create a smoother street for all.

This work is weather-dependent, and the schedule may change.