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Traffic Advisory: Street improvements to close lanes on NE 102nd Ave, from NE Halsey St to NE Sandy Blvd, May 4-11

(May 3, 2018) – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street maintenance will require lane closures on NE 102nd Ave, from NE Halsey St to NE Sandy Blvd, starting Friday May 4, through Friday, May 11., from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, excluding weekends.

At least one lane will be open to travel in each direction at all times.

Lane closures are only in effect during project work hours, Monday through Friday. Access will be maintained for businesses and residents. This crack sealing project will help prevent water from penetrating the road surface, preserving approximately 7.82 lane miles of pavement.

The traveling public is advised to expect delays during work hours. 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.

News Release: PBOT, Multnomah County Library and Metro celebrate Bike Month by bringing back “Bike to Books” coloring contest and bike light giveaway

Brooklyn Kavanagh Belmont Library

Brooklyn Kavanagh, first place winner of his age category in 2017, sees his bike lane art design on the street for the first time. Photos by Kelsey Kavanagh.

(May 2, 2018) The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) and Multnomah County Library, with support from Metro, are celebrating Bike Month with “Bike to Books,” a program to encourage residents to ride their bicycle to their local library.

As part of the program, PBOT and Multnomah County Library are bringing back Portland’s “Bike to Books” Bike Month coloring contest. Students living in Multnomah County from Pre-Kindergarten to 12th Grade are invited to design bike lane art for installation in one of the City’s bike lanes. Portland’s bike lane art, found in bike lanes and on neighborhood greenways across the city, is well known nationwide. Designs are created by crew members on their own time using leftover materials that would otherwise go to waste. In 2017, in the first year of our Bike to Books program, PBOT crews installed four winning Bike to Books bike lane art designs near each winning artist's neighborhood library branch.

2017 Bike to Books entry

It's easy to enter, with a variety of great prizes. Young people in Portland and Multnomah County can submit their own designs using the bike symbol coloring page. The winning art will be installed on a bike lane this summer by one of PBOT's striping crews. Second prize winners will each receive four full-day passes to ride your bicycle at the Lumberyard Bike Park (including rental bikes and safety equipment if needed) and third prize winners will win a bike helmet from Portland-based Nutcase Helmets. Coloring pages can be picked up at all Multnomah County Library branches (click here for locations) or downloaded online. Contestants must drop-off their entry at a library branch in person, to be entered into the contest. Full contest rules are available online.

In addition to the coloring contest, every person who bikes to a Multnomah County Library branch will receive a free bike light provided by Metro (while supplies last). Special Bike Storytimes for young readers are also being offered at numerous library branches across the county.

 “We want every Portlander to feel they have a voice in the way we design our city and the earlier we can get our residents involved the better,” PBOT Director Leah Treat said. “This student-designed bike lane art is, in many ways, the beginning of the conversation between PBOT and the young people of Portland who will use our roads, bikeways and sidewalks for decades to come. If they can design such creative art for our streets, imagine the other ideas they’ll bring to us in the future. We’re excited and we’re listening.”

“Libraries are about creating connections for people of all ages to learn and create,” said Multnomah County Library Director Vailey Oehlke. “With Bike to Books, we’re teaming up with important partners in PBOT and Metro to share the joy around reading, learning and biking with an eye toward safety and sustainability.”

Books and bikes are two pillars of Portland culture. One of the busiest public libraries in the United States, Multnomah County Library is beloved by the community it serves. In addition, Portland’s young readers bike to school in record numbers. Today, thanks to PBOT’s Safe Routes to School Program, 36.8 percent of trips to school in Portland are on foot or by bike – among the highest in the nation.

Portland Bike Month runs throughout the month of May with events happening across the city sponsored by multiple organizations to encourage people of all ages to get on their bike and enjoy the spring sunshine and hundreds of miles of bike lanes and neighborhood greenways in the city of Portland.

Information about Bike to Books and Bike Month events can be found at: www.biketobooks.com


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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. Learn more at www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation.

About Multnomah County Library:

Multnomah County Library is the oldest public library west of the Mississippi River, with a history that reaches back to 1864. Today, Central Library and the other 18 neighborhood libraries that make up the library system house nearly 900 computer stations for the public and a collection of two million books and other library materials. As Oregon's largest public library, Multnomah County Library serves nearly one-fifth of the state's population with a wide variety of programs and services. Learn more atwww.multcolib.org.

About Metro:

Metro works with communities, businesses and residents in the Portland metropolitan area to chart a wise course for the future while protecting the things we love about this place. Learn more at www.oregonmetro.gov

Traffic Advisory: Street improvements on N Ainsworth Street from N Greeley Avenue to N Williams Avenue through May 4

The public is advised to expect delays and heavy equipment, travel cautiously, and observe all work zone signage.

(May 2nd, 2018) – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on N Ainsworth Street from N Greeley Avenue to N Williams Avenue. The project will begin Wednesday, May 2, and will continue through approximately May 4, 2018. The road will have limited access with traffic control during this project. The work will take place from 7 a.m. through 4 p.m. each work day.

The public is advised to expect delays and heavy equipment, travel cautiously, and observe all work zone signage.

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.

Traffic Advisory: Street improvements on SE Holgate Boulevard from SE 63rd Avenue to SE 67th Avenue through May 5th

The public is advised to expect delays and heavy equipment, travel cautiously, and observe all work zone signage.

(May 1st, 2018) – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on SE Holgate Boulevard from SE 63rd Avenue to SE 67th Avenue. The project which began today, Tuesday, May 1, will continue through approximately May 5, 2018. The work will take place from 7 a.m. through 4 p.m. each work day and weekend.

The public is advised to expect delays and heavy equipment, travel cautiously, and observe all work zone signage.

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.

News Release: PBOT, Rose Festival and Adaptive BIKETOWN celebrate return of Better Naito and launch of Portland Bike Month

(May 1, 2018) City, community and business leaders gathered at Salmon Street Springs in Gov. Tom McCall Waterfront Park today to celebrate both the fourth annual Better Naito street transformation and the launch of a new season of Adaptive BIKETOWN. Better Naito, which creates a safe space for people to travel to and along Waterfront Park during the busy summer months, will last for five months from May 1 to Sept. 30. 

Every year the popular festivals in Waterfront Park draw hundreds of thousands of people. During the peak season between April and November, an additional 15,000 more people per day visit the waterfront. Better Naito gives these visitors a protected space to get to and around Waterfront Park by creating a multiuse path along Naito Parkway from the Hawthorne Bridge to the Steel Bridge. 

"These festivals are not just wonderful community traditions, they bring people downtown from all over the state and boost our local economy," said Art Pearce, Group Manager of Policy, Planning and Projects for PBOT. "The waterfront is the heart and soul of Portland. Whether walking to a festival, taking a bike ride on the esplanade, or going on a lunch-hour run, we want to make sure Portlanders and visitors can enjoy the waterfront in safety and comfort."

"We got a good look at it last year and we feel it really works well," said Jeff Curtis, Rose Festival Chief Executive Officer. "It's been a safe and valuable addition to the waterfront in the busy summer months."

Traffic counts conducted during last year's Better Naito show the project was incredibly popular with people traveling to and along the waterfront by bike and by foot. In just one day, more than 12,000 pedestrians used Better Naito to access the Waterfront Blues Fest. What's more, 393,173 one-way trips were taken by people bicycling on Better Naito over the five-month period. 

The 2017 season had minimal impact on motor vehicle travel times in the corridor. Observations and analysis found that during peak morning commute hours (7:00 AM), driving times for northbound traffic from SW Clay St to SW Stark St increased by 1 minute 28 seconds. Similarly, the traffic impact for afternoon peak commuters was an additional 1 minute and 33 seconds. These results were consistent with analyses of traffic times in 2015 and 2016.

The first Better Naito in 2015 was a two-week pilot project developed by Better Block PDX, Portland State University, and a host of community partners. Prior to Better Naito, people were often forced to walk in the bike lane, squeeze onto narrow dirt paths, or bike in a travel lane with motor vehicles to reach waterfront events.

After the successful 2015 and 2016 Better Naito projects run by volunteers, City Council unanimously voted in November 2016 to make Better Naito an official City program and directed PBOT to implement it. The Portland City Council also provided funding to sustain the project for five summers. 

Feedback is welcomed via email at NaitoParkway@PortlandOregon.gov. You can also leave a voice message at 503-823-4321. The public is encouraged to share their feedback on social media with the hashtag #BetterNaito.

Loading and unloading of passengers and freight will be managed by PBOT and enforced by PBOT's Parking Enforcement division. The bureau has designated a passenger drop off and pick up zone on the north side of SW Taylor, closest to SW Naito. PBOT’s Parking Enforcement officers will be citing vehicles stopped in Better Naito without loading permits.