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Celebrating the opening of the 20s Bikeway, August 2017
(Aug. 24, 2017) – City Commissioner Dan Saltzman and Transportation Director Leah Treat joined community groups today to celebrate the completion of the 20s Bikeway, a 9-mile corridor of streets that are optimized for bicycle and pedestrian safety.
One of the largest on-street corridors for biking and walking in the United States, and a rare north-south route in Portland, the 20s literally spans the city. It runs from NE Lombard Street near the northern city limits to SE Crystal Springs Blvd, near the southern city limits.
The corridor is designed to meet the needs of novice and advanced cyclists. Two-thirds of the 9 mile route is comprised of neighborhood greenways, the network of residential streets with low traffic volumes and low speeds, where bicycles and pedestrians are given priority.
"The 20s Bikeway makes this North-South corridor and its intersections safer and more convenient for thousands of Portlanders to get where they're going by bike, on foot, or with a mobility device," said Saltzman, who oversees the Portland Bureau of Transportation. "When we make our city safer for people using these modes, we make it safer for everyone. I invite all Portlanders to try out the section of the 20s Bikeway closest to your home, business or school."
With the 20s Bikeway project, Portland now has 371 miles of bikeways, including neighborhood greenways, off-street paths and a variety of bike lanes.
"The 20s Bikeway is a world class route," said Treat, director of PBOT. "Projects like the 20s Bikeway are essential for us to meet our climate change goals, improve public health and our economy. This project is opening at the perfect time, with school starting back up in the coming weeks across Portland. The neighborhood greenways on this new route are places where families can feel comfortable riding bicycles for exercise, shopping and commuting to school. This amazing new bikeway will introduce thousands of people to the joys of cycling."
Jay Harris, Chairman of the Kerns Neighborhood Association, said many residents and business owners have been calling for a safer, more comfortable north-south bike and pedestrian route in the area.
"The Kerns Neighborhood Association is very excited about these new developments promoting safety and ease of transport for all levels of bike riders," Harris said. "We have been eagerly awaiting a more viable north-south bike route. This bikeway has been one of our top priorities, and promises to prove its worth from day one."
Christian Ettinger, brewmaster and founder of Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB), said his employees and customers at the Southeast Powell location feel more comfortable crossing the busy street at SE 28th Avenue since a new traffic signal was installed as part of the 20s Bikeway.
"Our employees and guests love biking to our restaurants," Ettinger said. "As a sustainably-focused, local Portland brewery with three locations in the metro area, we have seen firsthand how safer bike routes are good for business. Portlanders love bicycling and we can't wait to see people using the 20s Bikeway to safely reach our restaurant and other great businesses south of Powell."
The new bikeway was funded by a $2.1 million grant from Metro, the regional government. The Oregon Department of Transportation administers the regional funding. The project was also funded by a $2.4 million in Transportation System Development Charges, fees paid by real estate development to help pay for transportation improvements that can help accommodate population and job growth.
A 9-mile route that spans nearly all of Portland in the north-south direction, the 20s Bikeway touches tens of thousands of people, and provides easy biking and walking access to a wide variety of community destinations:
More than 35,000 residents, including 5,500 school-aged children live within a quarter mile of the route.
It travels through 13 neighborhoods and six business districts
14 parks and 12 schools are within a quarter mile of the route.
It intersects with 14 east-west bikeways, and six more that are planned.
It improved 17 crossings of busy "arterial" streets, mostly with new traffic signals, flashing beacons and marked crosswalks.
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
(Aug. 17, 2017) – This Sunday, Aug. 20 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the City of Portland Sunday Parkways presented by Kaiser Permanente will host a brand new Sunday Parkways route in Outer Northeast Portland neighborhoods. This free, family-friendly event organized by the Portland Bureau of Transportation is a great way to get the whole family out on a bike ride or walk for healthy, fun activity, kicking off the second decade of Sunday Parkways.
Outer Northeast Sunday Parkways is part of PBOT’s effort to provide residents with greater options for walking and biking in the Gateway district. In the next several years, the City of Portland plans to build nearly $20 million worth of biking and walking infrastructure to allow neighborhood residents to more easily connect to jobs, schools, parks, and local businesses. With a three-year “Big Jump” grant from People for Bikes, Sunday Parkways route will showcase upcoming neighborhood greenways, crosswalks, and safety improvements in the neighborhood. Learn more on PBOT’s “Gateway to Opportunity” project website.
The six-mile Outer Northeast Portland route includes sections of Neighborhood Greenways in the 130s corridor, and shows where new crossing are being built along NE Halsey and NE Glisan streets.
The route highlights four beautiful Portland Parks and goes by the University of Western States campus. Knott Park will have the Parks for New Portlanders Cultural Celebration. Hazelwood Hydro Park is the starting point for the Walk with Refugees and Immigrants starting at 11 a.m. along the Sunday Parkways route from Hazelwood Hydro Park to Knott Park. Thompson Park will be strewn with hula hoops and a bouncy house where participants can pick up a Kaiser Permanente Passport to Health sticker hunt. Participants can get their Zumba on at East Holladay Park.
To make it easy for residents and visitors alike to join in the fun this weekend PBOT has created a detailed Sunday Parkways route map with all area bikeway routes and bus and light rails routes plus the BIKETOWN boundaries and stations to help area everyone get to Sunday Parkways by biking and taking transit.
All parks are packed with activities, food, music, and community businesses and organizations to connect with at the event. Find the list of music, food, community organizations, sponsors and scheduled classes and activities on our Outer Northeast Portland Sunday Parkways webpage.
About Sunday Parkways
Sunday Parkways is a series of free community events opening the city's largest public space—its streets—for people to walk, bike, roll and discover active transportation. The events are beloved by Portlanders of all ages. Total attendance for the ten years has topped 690,000 over 38 Sunday Parkways events. Residents and visitors say they come to enjoy the traffic-free streets connecting parks and schools filled with activities, music and vendors. It’s safe, family-friendly and a chance to meet neighbors.
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
Northeast Portland Sunday Parkways provided by the generous support from the following sponsors:
Clarification: An earlier version of this advisory incorrectly described the Smart Park garage closure. The closure on Sunday night through noon on Monday only affects the rooftops of those garages. All other floors will be available for parking as normal.
(Aug. 17, 2017) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation warns the traveling public to prepare for heavy traffic congestion on area highways and potential delays on public transit this weekend through Tuesday, as the state experiences an influx of visitors for Monday's total solar eclipse.
On Monday, Portlanders should consider telecommuting, working flexible hours, walking, or biking to avoid travel delays. Carpooling can reduce the number of vehicles on the roads, reducing traffic for everyone. Portland Streetcar and BIKETOWN bike share service both plan normal operations.
Local efforts to reduce unnecessary traffic during presidential visits and winter storms have shown Portlanders are able to adjust their travel plans for special circumstances by planning ahead. It's worth remembering to support local businesses as the region copes with the influx of an estimated 1 million visitors to Oregon.
On Monday, the Human Access Project and Portland Bureau of Environmental Serviceswill host an eclipse-watching party, floating and swimming on the Willamette River in downtown Portland. They encourage you to go there by bike!
Safer, more comfortable waterfront access
(Aug. 14, 2017) – PBOT Director Leah Treat, Will Naito of Naito Development and Better Block PDX announced the completion of traffic signal improvements, a new bicycle connection to the Steel Bridge, and safer access to Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park at a news conference today.
The new signals at the NW Naito Parkway and NW Davis Street intersection and the SW Naito Parkway and SW Main Street intersection were funded by the Fixing Our Streets Program. In May 2016, Portland voters passed Measure 26-173, Portland’s first local funding source dedicated to fixing our streets.
"This project helps everyone enjoy safe, comfortable access to downtown Portland and the beauty of waterfront park," Treat said. "Portlanders will need more biking and walking transportation options as our population continues to grow and we work to reduce carbon emissions and pollution. Thanks to the Fixing Our Streets Program, we have funding for essential maintenance and safety projects that will improve the quality of life for people across the city."
Will Naito, grandson of downtown business leader Bill Naito, said the crossing improvements will help grow the economy by connecting businesses and residents.
"A thriving downtown depends on great biking and walking connections," Naito said. "I personally enjoy biking to work, and I'm grateful for these crossing improvements. We need world class biking and walking routes, so thousands of people can come to work and shop downtown without traffic congestion. When the Grove Hotel opens later this year, we expect thousands of guests to use these improved bike and pedestrian crossings."
Better Block PDX, the non-profit group that started the Better Naito multiuse path pilot project, supports the safety improvements PBOT has completed.
“As an Old Town business owner, I hear people asking about how to get to the waterfront almost every day," said Ryan Hashagen, a volunteer with Better Block PDX. "These new signals and safer active transportation route will make it easier for visitors and downtown workers alike to have a more predictable, understandable route to the waterfront. Better Naito is becoming a spine of active transportation from the Steel Bridge to the Hawthorne Bridge.”
The improvements provide a connection that reduces conflicts along waterfront park and at the Japanese American Historical Plaza, a monument to the Japanese American experience. By providing an adjacent cycling facility, PBOT intends to reduce cut-through bike traffic through the historical plaza and to encourage bike commuters to take advantage of Better Naito during the busy summer festival season.
Located at NW Naito Parkway and NW Davis Street, an updated signal, path, and related cycle track provide bike commuters coming from the east side of the Willamette River a safe and convenient route to Better Naito and the year-round bike lanes on Naito Parkway. An updated traffic signal controls the right turn onto the Steel Bridge on-ramp, making that connection more predictable for people driving. It also includes new bike signals that allow people on bicycles to safely cross the ramp, north or south, when the right turn signal onto the Steel Bridge ramp is red.
Another crossing of Naito Parkway, at SW Main Street, has a new pedestrian signal that makes it safer for people to cross the busy street and access the park. Later this year, PBOT will also install a crosswalk on the Steel Bridge on-ramp.
Lean more about these bike and pedestrian improvements at the PBOT web site for Naito Parkway Riverfront Access Improvements.
(August 14, 2017) This week, PBOT celebrates a new connection for people with the modification of the existing traffic signal at NW Naito & Davis. This bike signal facilitates movement between Better Naito and the Steel Bridge. Located at NW Naito and Davis, the new path and bicycle signal provides people a safe and convenient route to continue south-north. The new bicycle traffic signal makes the right turn onto the Steel Bridge on-ramp more predictable for people driving. The bike signal will allow people on bicycles to safely cross the ramp in either direction when the right turn signal onto the Steel Bridge ramp is red.
This new package of improvements, delivered as component of PBOT’s Fixing Our Streets’ effort called, provide a connection that reduces conflicts along Tom McCall Waterfront Park and at the Japanese American Historical Plaza, a monument to the Japanese American experience. By providing an adjacent cycling facility, PBOT intends to reduce cut-through bike traffic through Historical Plaza and to encourage bike commuters to take advantage of Better Naito during the busy summer festival season.
The new path was constructed and striped by PBOT Maintenance crews in public right-of-way left over from the old Harbor Drive.
Figure 1 shows a view from the new path looking northbound.
Figure 1. Looking northbound from path, prior to signal turn-on
Figure 2. Before bike path and lane modifications, NW Naito & Davis
Figure 3. After bike path and lane modifications, NW Naito & Davis
To prevent conflicts between vehicles and path users, two bike signals were installed by PBOT’s Electrical Maintenance staff. After the initial signal is activated and traffic patterns have been observed for a few weeks, City staff will calibrate equipment that detects when people on bicycles are present at the intersection to modify the signal green time, optimizing flow for all users. Northbound right turning vehicles and eastbound vehicles from Davis are held at a red light while the bike signal indication is green, as shown in Figure 4. The bicycle signal heads use a device that allows them to be seen only by the intended (path) users.
Northbound right turning vehicles may proceed right when the right turn signal is green but are prohibited from turning right on red (with a No Turn on Red sign), as shown in Figure 5. The signal is timed to serve different vehicle and bicycle movements appropriately.
Figure 4. Movements during bicycle phase
Figure 5. Movements during Naito northbound right turn phase
The new signal was funded through Fixing our Streets’ Naito Parkway Riverfront Access Improvements project.
Figure 6. Reducing conflicts on Naito Parkway
Figure 7. Improved connections for people on bikes on Naito Parkway
Graphics credit: David Soto Padin and Christopher Sun, Portland Bureau of Transportation