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News Release: The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Pride NW invite the public to show their support for Portland’s LGBTQ Community by visiting and signing the Better Naito Doors of Love

(June 17, 2016)  – From June 17 to 20, Better Naito will not only provide a safe place to travel for the thousands of people per day attending Portland’s Pride Festival but also a community place to leave messages of love and support for Portland’s LGBTQ community.

People traveling on Better Naito between June 17-20 will notice a new addition to the mile-long temporary street transformation as part of Portland Pride. Using doors donated by the Rebuilding Center, PBOT and Pride NW have constructed an almost-200 foot long installation in Waterfront Park at SW Naito Parkway and Pine Street for people to express their pride and support for the city’s LGBTQ community. People attending the Pride Festival, the Portland Pride Parade or other events downtown are invited to visit the Doors of Love and leave a message using writing materials provided by SCRAP.

Doors of Love

Over 80 doors have been installed in Waterfront Park at SW Naito Parkway and Pine Street. Photo by Hannah Schafer, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

The installation, located at the entrance to the Portland Pride Festival, will be accessible to the public throughout the weekend. On Monday afternoon, June 20, it will be relocated to Portland City Hall as an exhibition open to the public.

"The Pride Northwest family has been moved and honored by the support we have received, both before and since the events of last weekend. The intent of Doors of Love is to invite our community to express their Pride, in whatever way they wish, using this platform. Thank you to the Portland Bureau of Transportation and the Rebuilding Center for helping to make this happen and for their support of Pride and the LGBTQ community," said Debra Porta of Pride Northwest.

"Doors of Love will give Portlanders the opportunity to illustrate their support for LGBTQ communities across the country during this difficult time,” said Mayor Charlie Hales. “And Portland will hold our LGBTQ friends, family, neighbors and colleagues especially close. It’s the Portland way."

"I’m proud our City can play a role using our public space to express our values and support of LGBTQ brothers and sisters," said Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick.

Said Transportation Director Leah Treat, "Doors of Love and Better Naito illustrate once again that streets are for people. This installation is a heartwarming example of how Portland’s streets help us connect and celebrate our communities."

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Children show their support for the LGBTQ community by signing the Doors of Love. Photo by Hannah Schafer, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

The Better Naito Pilot Project, a partnership between Better Block PDX and the Portland Bureau of Transportation, creates a safe way for people to get to and around Portland’s summer of festivals at Waterfront Park. The project was first piloted in June 2015 during the two weeks of Rose Festival City Fair and returned for the Oregon Brewers Festival the same year.

This year’s iteration of Better Naito opens one northbound motor vehicle lane of SW Naito Parkway to a two-way walking and biking facility nearly a mile long and is the largest temporary street transformation to take place in America in both its size and duration. 

The Portland Bureau of Transportation has granted Community Event Permits to the festivals and events taking place at Waterfront Park. The organizations are implementing placemaking features along the Better Naito corridor and creating a physically separated space for people walking and biking in order to help everyone safely and comfortably access the waterfront.

More information on Better Naito can be found at


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. 

About Pride Northwest:

The Portland Pride festival is the single, largest visibility avenue for the region’s LGBTQ community organizations and businesses, where they can attract new supporters and clients, increase their volunteer base, and raise much needed funds. In addition, the festival attracts thousands of visitors to Portland each year, bringing significant revenue to the local LGBTQ business community and to the city, as a whole. 

About the Rebuilding Center:

The Rebuilding Center offers affordable used building and remodeling materials with the goal of promoting the use of salvaged and reclaimed materials — a non-profit resource to strengthen environmental, economic and social fabric of local communities.

About SCRAP: 

SCRAP PDX is a donation-based creative reuse store and donation center in Southwest Portland. Along with the ever-changing and diverse store items, SCRAP also provides a range of educational opportunities within the community and hosts local reuse-based artists in their Re:Boutique. 

Traffic Advisory: Street improvements on SW 5th Avenue from SW Jackson Street to SW Hall Street, June 20-24

(June 15, 2016)  – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on SW 5th Avenue from SW Jackson Street to SW Hall Street on Monday, June 20, through Friday, June 24, 7 a.m. through 4 p.m. each work day.

The lane closures will allow crews to grind and pave .44 lane miles of pavement.

Streets with ground down surfaces are open for travel. Lane closures are only in effect during project hours. Access will be maintained for businesses and residents during the project.

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.


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.

News Release: BIKETOWN, Portland’s Bike Share System, to Launch on July 19

Memberships are now available at, with first 1,000 registrants designated as “Founding Members”


Portland, OR, June 14, 2016 – Portland Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick and Portland Bureau of Transportation Director Leah Treat announced today that BIKETOWN, Portland’s next generation bike share system, will launch on July 19. Membership sales begin today at, and the first 1,000 individuals to sign up for membership will be BIKETOWN “Founding Members,” receiving a commemorative key to access the system and a special BIKETOWN Founding Member T-shirt. The first 500 members to sign up (using access code PDX500) will get their first month of membership free thanks to a sponsorship from Metro.

“With today’s announcement, we are taking another giant step toward making BIKETOWN a reality,” said Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick. “When we launch on July 19th, we’re going to have one of the best bike share systems in the world.”

PBOT and its partners also unveiled a map of the first 100 BIKETOWN station locations. The map is available at The stations will house 1,000 "smart bikes" with the latest technology. Customers will be able to check out a bike using a smartphone, a computer, a member card, or by typing in their member number and PIN into the keypad on the bike. Bikes can also be parked at thousands of publicly-accessible bike racks in the service area. Users who park a bike outside of a station will be charged an additional fee, and users who return such bikes to the stations will receive a credit. Every bike’s exact location can be viewed in real-time from the system’s website or smartphone app. The app will be available shortly before the program launches.

BIKETOWN stations were selected with extensive public involvement. An online portal received more than 4,500 comments, and staff led more than 40 meetings with community groups, local businesses and five public workshops.

“This station map gives Portlanders 100 more reasons to be excited about BIKETOWN,” Transportation Director Leah Treat said. “I want to thank the thousands of Portlanders who took the time to give us their input on station locations. July 19th can’t come soon enough!”

Annual memberships for BIKETOWN will cost $12 per month, and include 90 minutes of riding time each day. Single-ride passes and 24-hour passes will also be available when the system launches for those who want to use the program more occasionally, including tourists.

Nike designed the innovative visual identity for BIKETOWN's standard bike, which is modeled after the Nike orange shoe box. BIKETOWN will also launch with three unique, limited-edition bike wrap designs – inspired by iconic Nike sneakers – across 100 of the system’s 1,000 bikes. More details will be revealed prior to the July 19 launch. 

BIKETOWN member card

BIKETOWN founding member tshirt



Membership cost

$12 / month*

Number of rides included


Ride time included

90 minutes / day

Ride time over 90 minutes

10 cents / minute

Parking-out-of-station fee


Out-of-network fee


Reward for bringing bike from out-of-station back to a station

+ $1 account credit



BIKETOWN is Portland’s bike share system, launching on July 19, 2016 with 1,000 bikes available to ride from one point to another for a small fee. BIKETOWN is a partnership between the City of Portland’s Portland Bureau of Transportation and Nike, the program’s sole title sponsor. BIKETOWN is operated by Motivate, the world’s leading bike share operator. It will use innovative new “smart bikes” which will make it easy to find, rent and park a BIKETOWN bike. BIKETOWN is designed to be affordable and accessible, encouraging even more Portlanders to ride and allowing visitors to experience the city by bike. Portland joins over 60 US cities, including New York, Chicago, Washington DC, San Antonio, Indianapolis, Boise and Austin and 500 cities worldwide that have popular, safe and successful bike share systems.

About PBOT
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. To learn more about PBOT’s efforts to encourage bicycle use and make safer routes for bicycling, see the bureau’s Active Transportation web site.

About Nike
Nike believes in the power of sport and physical activity to help strengthen communities. As a longtime partner with the City of Portland, BIKETOWN highlights the company’s commitment to make Portland even more active, vibrant and innovative. As the title sponsor of BIKETOWN, Nike designed the innovative visual identity for the program’s standard bike which will be the highly identifiable orange that is synonymous with Nike. In addition, Nike oversees the design and branding of the system’s logo, stations and physical presence, as well as a select number of limited edition bike wrap designs. 

About Motivate: Motivate is a global leader in bike share. A full-service bike share operator and technology innovator, Motivate works to re-envision how people experience and move around cities. Motivate operates over 75% of the bike share fleet in North America, including the four largest systems in the US: Citi Bike in New York, Divvy in Chicago, Capital Bikeshare in the D.C. area, Bay Area Bike Share (San Francisco Bay Area) and Hubway in the Boston area. International Motivate bike shares include Bike Share Toronto and Melbourne Bike Share (Australia).

News Release: Public invited to cheer on Mayor Hales’s Smart City Challenge presentation Thursday

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(June 8, 2016)  – The Portland Bureau of Transportation will gather staff, partners and the public in the Portland Building Auditorium to watch Mayor Charlie Hales present Portland’s Smart City Challenge application to U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx via an online broadcast.

The U.S. Department of Transportation is hosting the mayors of the seven cities that are Smart City Challenge finalists. The city that wins the Challenge will receive up to $40 million from USDOT to help create a fully integrated, first-of-its-kind city that uses data, technology and creativity to shape how people and goods move in the future.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pacific Time on Thursday June 9, each mayor will take turns making a “final pitch” presentation, including a short video and discussion with Secretary Foxx. Mayor Hales is scheduled to present at 11:45 a.m. PST. The mayors will be seated together on a stage at the Long View Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Learn more about the Smart City Challenge. Anyone can sign up to watch the “final pitch” presentations online from your own computer, but registration is requested.


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.

Get ready for Pedalpalooza

Pedalpalooza starts tomorrow - marks 14 years of bringing bikey fun to Portland!

(June 8, 2016) bike summer posterPedalpalooza is 3+ weeks of bikey fun, as they say. With nearly 300 different events, most organized by individuals like you, bikers of all persuasions are likely to find many events of interest - and most events are free!

SHIFT facilitates Pedalpalooza and is entirely volunteer run. In 2002, Portland hosted Bike Summer, a month-long celebration of bicycles and bike culture that drew more than 5,000 participants to events including bike-in movies, family rides, bike parades, bike repair workshops, and more. Bike Summer began in 1999 in San Francisco with the idea of traveling to a different city each year. The positive community response led local organizers to for SHIFT and continue the fun in Portland every year. Pedalpalooza was born with an open source online calendar as the main organizing summer poster

Anyone and everyone can create, or suggest, an event using the online calendar. This year, Pedalpalooza takes place June 9 to July 4 and includes event favorites such as the Big Lebowski Ride, Disco Superhero Ride, Pokémon Ride, and a Poetry Reading Ride that help keep Portland weird and proud. The calendar even offers a range of family friendly rides such as a Cargo Bike 101 Ride, a Magical Unicorn Ride and a Kidical Mass Ride.

Check out the full calendar here and be sure to get out and enjoy the fun.