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News Release: Safer crossings, smoother street coming to N Denver Avenue thanks to Fixing Our Streets

Preventative maintenance saves Portlanders money by avoiding the more costly repairs of streets that have failed

N Denver Ave at Russet Street

A rendering of the future N Denver Avenue at N Russet Street. Illustration by the Portland Bureau of Transportation.

Fixing Our Streets Logo

(August 29, 2019) Smooth streets are coming to North Portland as crews with the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) begin work on the N Denver Avenue (Lombard to Watts) paving project, funded by Fixing Our Streets. Work begins on Tuesday, Sept. 3 and will continue until Nov. 1, weather permitting. 

Well-maintained streets are vital to getting Portlanders from place to place easily, safely, and sustainably. PBOT is responsible for maintaining over 4,800 miles of city streets. PBOT focuses its paving work on keeping streets from falling into poor or very poor condition. This kind of preventative maintenance saves Portlanders money by avoiding the more costly repairs of streets that have failed. 

In addition to paving N Denver Avenue between N Lombard and Watts streets, PBOT crews will also improve safety conditions by adding safer pedestrian crossings and improving the existing bike lanes. These upgrades, which will include new striping and refuge islands at N Russet, Terry, and Watts streets as well as the widening of preexisting refuge islands. Together, these improvements will increase the visibility and safety of pedestrians crossing N Denver Avenue.  

From Sept. 3 to Oct. 1, southbound traffic on N Denver Avenue between Lombard and Watts streets will be detoured to N Brandon Avenue. The same N Brandon Avenue detour will be in place for northbound traffic from Oct. 2 to Nov. 1. Sidewalks and access to driveways will remain open throughout construction. During construction, we ask the public to travel with caution, observe all detours and directions provided by reader boards and flaggers, and use alternate routes whenever possible. Learn what you can expect in our work zones and how you can help everyone stay safe by watching this video: https://youtu.be/lx3RkJjkjSE

This project was made possible by Fixing our Streets, otherwise known as Measure 26-173. This measure was passed in May 2016 by Portland voters resulting in a new 10-cent gas tax for restoring our streets and making them safer. It is the first local funding source in the city’s history dedicated exclusively to transportation needs. Fixing our Streets projects span across Portland to the benefit of all Portlanders.  

This project’s total budget is $1.9 million, funded by Fixing our Streets. For more information, please visit the project website at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/denver or contact the project manager: 

Geren Shankar, (503) 823-4793, geren.shankar@portlandoregon.gov

 

News Release: Multnomah County and PBOT remind people to travel safely this Labor Day holiday

This year, 36 people have died in crashes on Portland streets—the most deaths at this point in the year since at least 2015.

Traffic deaths in Portland 8.28.19

Vision Zero Portland logo

(Aug. 29, 2019) The Labor Day holiday is a time of celebration.  

The long weekend is a time to mark the achievements of the labor movement and the unofficial end of summer. We celebrate with barbecues, outdoor recreation, and road trips. But all too often, travel brings tragedy for those involved in traffic crashes. 

This year, 36 people have died in crashes on Portland streets—the most deaths at this point in the year since at least 2015. Nearly half of those killed have been pedestrians, increasingly adults ages 65 and over.  

According to the Oregon Department of Transportation, nearly a third of drivers involved in fatal car crashes in 2017 had been drinking. Out of 56 fatal crashes in Multnomah County in 2017, 21 of them involved drivers who had been drinking. 

Crashes from impaired-driving also have a devastating financial impact. Based on 2010 numbers (the most recent year for which cost data is available), impaired-driving crashes cost the United States $44 billion annually. On average, a DUII could set you back $10,000 in attorney’s fees, fines, court costs, lost time at work, higher insurance rates, car towing, and more.  

Help keep yourself and others safe this Labor Day weekend by doing the following: 

  • Travel at a safe speed. Nearly half of Portland's deadly crashes involve people traveling at unsafe speeds.  
  • Travel sober. More than half of deadly crashes in Portland involve people who are intoxicated, usually by alcohol. Have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get your friend home safely. 
  • Stay alert. Every three hours, someone in Oregon is injured by a distracted driver. Pull over to use a mobile device. 
  • Look out for others. Pedestrians and people bicycling don’t have 4,000 pounds of metal to protect them in a crash. 
  • Buckle up! Seat belts save lives. 

 

"Holidays are a particularly dangerous time on the road. As Labor Day approaches, I'd like to remind everyone to look out for others as you travel,” said Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) Director Chris Warner. “It has been a tragic year already for traffic fatalities in Portland. Let's do everything we can to slow this trend. Safety is everyone’s responsibility. We all have a role to play in making our streets safe.” 

"You can prevent crashes and deaths from impaired driving," said Tri-County Health Officer Dr. Paul Lewis. "Put someone else in the driver's seat when you have been drinking- text a friend, call a cab, order an Uber or Lyft, but don't drive yourself." 

Thank you for supporting the City of Portland’s Vision Zero work to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries. 

News Blog: Build healthy habits and fight climate change with these back-to-school walk and roll tips from PBOT’s Safe Routes to School program

Switching one car trip to one walk or bike trip each week can benefit your child’s health, their ability to learn, and the air they breathe. It also helps reduce traffic congestion around your school and neighborhood.

Scott Elementary Walking School Bus

Scott Elementary School students participate in a Walking School Bus to school. Photo courtesy of Portland Bureau  of Transportation.

(Aug. 27, 2019) In the coming days, Portland students will be busy preparing to go back to school. Along with buying notebooks and supplies, families should also plan how to get to campus. Traffic during pick-up and drop-off times can be stressful and chaotic. Everyone can be part of the solution to improve safety around our schools, no matter how you get there.

Do you live far from school and drive daily? Read on for some easy ways you can contribute to a safer environment around school. Live closer but don’t have a lot of time in the morning? Switching one car trip to one walk or bike trip each week can help reduce congestion around school. It can also benefit your child’s health, their ability to learn, and the air they breathe.

September weather and the start of the school year are a great time to set new goals for the family. Making small changes to your daily routine can lead to a surprising number of benefits!

Whitman Elementary bike to school

Biking to Whitman Elementary. Photo courtesy of ODOT Photo/Video.

Build healthy habits. Set your student up for success!

Walking or rolling to school is one great way to prepare your child for a successful day of learning. It can also form healthy lifelong habits and improve school attendance.

  • Students are more likely to test better and read above their grade level after 20 minutes of physical activity. (Active Living Research, 2015)
  • Walking a mile to school generally takes about 20-25 minutes. National physical activity guidelines recommend children do 60 minutes of activity per day. Regular activity like walking or rolling helps prevent obesity and type 2 diabetes. (gov/healthyschools)
  • Getting to school every day is a basic need for a good education. Lack of stable transportation options is one major factor that affects school attendance (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2016). If a student misses the bus or their ride, knowing how to walk or roll to school fills an important gap.

The link between car trips to school, congestion, and climate change

When planning school trips for the upcoming year, keep our climate in mind. More than 40% of local carbon emissions come from transportation, and school trips play a part. A 2009 national survey showed that 10-14% of private vehicles traveling on weekday mornings were due to school traffic (U.S. School Travel, 2009 An Assessment of Trends (2011)). Portland’s population has grown by almost 70,000 people since 2009, adding even more congestion.

Already many K-8 students in Portland walk and roll to school, but we can do more. According to a recent PBOT Safe Routes to School travel survey, 39% of families and students walk or roll at least once per week. Not only does this help reduce stress during pick-up and drop-off, it can be faster and more fun.

Lent School Walking School Bus 2018

Lent K-8 School students participate in a Walking School Bus. Photo by the Portland Bureau of Transportation.

“We usually park a little way away from the school and walk the rest of the way, more to avoid traffic congestion and for a quick leave time to get to work…” – Bridger K-8 family

Where we live it is faster to walk to school than drive. Dead-end streets force us to drive farther. Trails through the neighborhood keep us off streets and provide a direct route.” – Hayhurst Elementary family

We love walking to school, and we do it as often as possible (almost every school day). We see a lot of my daughter's friends along the way, and that makes us feel more connected to our neighborhood and our community.” – Vernon K-8 family

You can find some ideas on how to help get your family started on the Safe Routes website.

Drive frequently? Here’s how to reduce car congestion and emissions around Portland schools

Idle Free Zone

Park + Walk: Living far from school can be a barrier for students to enjoy the health benefits of walking or biking. Leave home a little earlier, find a safe parking site closer to school, and then walk the rest of the way. As more families try Park + Walk, car congestion decreases around school, contributing to a safer environment for all students. Find steps to get started on the Safe Routes website.

Carpool: Driving to school with friends is a great way to build community and reduce the number of cars lining up at the curb. Split duties with other families so you can enjoy your morning coffee a couple days per week.

Turn off your car: When waiting in a school drop-off or pick-up line, turn off your engine. Children’s lungs are still developing, making them more susceptible to harmful pollutants. Breathing exhaust toxins can lead to asthma, which is a major cause of school absences. Vehicle exhaust is the leading source of toxic air pollution in Oregon.

Did you know? Safe Routes to School has an Idle-Free Schools Program. Schools can request free resources and information to communicate the dangers of idling. Learn more here.

PBOT News Release: Two e-scooter companies qualify for modest fleet expansion

Bird qualifies for 525 e-scooters, expected to deploy today

Bird qualifies for 525 e-scooters, expected to deploy today 

 

(Aug. 15, 2019) The Portland Bureau of Transportation has approved a modest expansion of the number of e-scooters in the city by two companies: Bolt and Spin. The companies qualified for the new scooters after meeting the criteria for incentives put in place by PBOT. The incentives encourage companies to advance city safety, equity and environmental goals. The additional e-scooters could be deployed as soon as today.

PBOT is working to ease congestion and provide environmentally friendly options for people to get around the city. The yearlong e-scooter pilot program is designed to assess whether e-scooters support these goals

Several cities provide incentives for e-scooter companies to increase the number of rides per scooter, which increases the time e-scooters spend in use rather than parked. Portland's e-scooter pilot program, which started April 26, is unique in providing incentives for companies to advance safety, equity, and environmental goals, in addition to utilization.

Bolt can deploy 14 additional scooters for meeting the partnership incentive. Spin can deploy can deploy 116 additional scooters for offering safety workshops and meeting the partnership incentive. Lime’s data is still under review.

Bolt has been operating in Portland with 200 scooters. Spin has been operating in Portland with 525 e-scooters.

In advance of making the decision to allow an increase in fleet size, PBOT reviewed data from the first 10 weeks of the pilot program. Data included collision and injury reports, community feedback and reports, enforcement efforts, and utilization of the scooters. Findings from the first 10 weeks include:

 

  • Riders took 253,690 trips and traveled 307,456.5 miles. Companies report to have hundreds of thousands of riders. From the 2018 pilot, PBOT learned that e-scooters replaced driving and ride-hailing trips. 34 percent of Portland riders and 48 percent of visitors took an e-scooter instead of driving a personal car or using Uber, Lyft, or taxi.
  • Multnomah County Health Department identified 46 visits to emergency departments and urgent care clinics that were related to e-scooters. Their analysis includes all e-scooter related visits, including privately owned as well as rented e-scooters. The department will continue to monitor injury visits throughout the pilot program.
  • PBOT received 16 reports of e-scooter collisions. These reports--from individuals, companies, or the news media--may overlap with the injuries reported by Multnomah County Health Department.
  • E-scooter companies have received 903 reports from the public regarding parking issues and rider behavior. PBOT has received 371 emails from the public regarding the e-scooter pilot program, primarily regarding sidewalk riding and improper parking.   
  • A review of where trips started in the city suggests that shared e-scooters are not reliably available outside the central city and some neighborhoods in East Portland. 

 

Demand for e-scooter use spans Portland, but the most frequent e-scooter riding happens in areas where they are most available

Data from the 2019 e-scooter pilot show where e-scooter trips have started in Portland. The first map shows where at least 1 trip has started, suggesting there is interest in riding e-scooters in many areas of Portland. The second map shows where 25 or more trips have started. This map suggests that shared e-scooters are not reliably available outside the Central City and some neighborhoods in East Portland, but there is demand for e-scooters citywide. 

Map 1: Portlanders have ridden shared e-scooters at least once in neighborhoods across the city, indicating potential demand for this new transportation option in many areas.

Map of Portland showing e-scooter demand

Map 2: Shared e-scooters have been ridden at least 25 times in locations indicated by each dot on this map. High e-scooter use in the Central City (brown dots) and East Portland (blue dots) corresponds with areas where e-scooters are more frequently available, in part because PBOT requires daily deployment of e-scooters in East Portland, an area that has historically been underserved by new transportation options.

Map of Portland showing frequent e-scooter use

Map 2

This year, in response to public input during the 2018 pilot program, PBOT regulatory staff and parking enforcement staff have been issuing warnings and fines to e-scooter companies, which are passing them onto their riders. From April 26 through July 31, PBOT issued 340 total warnings and fines, mostly for illegal parking or sidewalk riding.

Also today, PBOT is permitting Bird to deploy 525 e-scooters, based on its successful second-round application. Bird was among several companies that did not quality for a permit to start service in April. PBOT invited all unsuccessful applicants to re-apply.

Throughout the yearlong pilot, PBOT is responding to community concerns. We heard the community wanted an online feedback form similar to the 2018 pilot, and that is now available.

You can share your feedback and public reports online through the E-Scooter Pilot Feedback form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/escooterpdxfeedback. The public can also continue to submit feedback via email at e-scooter@portlandoregon.gov and phone 503-823-4663.

In total, today's announcement adds 655 new e-scooters to fleets in Portland, bringing the citywide number of permitted scooters to 2,630, up from the 1,975 that have been allowed since June 14. This is similar to the number of scooters permitted in the 2018 e-scooter pilot (2,043 e-scooters), which generated more than 700,000 trips.

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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. www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation

 

Translated Traffic Advisory: Demonstrations downtown may lead to limited road closures Saturday, Aug. 17

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Traffic Advisory:

Demonstrations downtown may lead to limited road closures Saturday, Aug. 17

(Aug. 13, 2019) On Saturday August 17, the Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the public to expect a limited number of road closures in downtown Portland from about 11 a.m. through the afternoon. This is because of demonstrations where some publicly available social media postings indicate some participants intend to engage in criminal acts of violence.

The public is advised to avoid the area from SW Madison Street to SW Alder Street, and from SW Fourth Avenue to Waterfront Park.

Check trimet.org/alerts before heading out on transit, or sign up for TriMet service alerts by email or text message at trimet.org/email. If Police determine an area has become unsafe, TriMet will adjust their service for the safety of riders and employees.

Map of demonstration area

Map by the Portland Police Bureau.