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News Advisory: Commissioner Novick to dedicate city's first creative crosswalk June 9; Portlanders get to walk on raindrops in Old Town

Creative Crosswalk(June 8, 2015) – Commissioner Steve Novick and PBOT Director Leah Treat will join Old Town business leaders on Tuesday, June 9 to dedicate Portland’s first pair of ‘creative crosswalks,’ an eye-catching pattern of raindrops with a giant umbrella that guides pedestrians across NW Third Avenue and Davis Street.

The raindrop installation, planned and designed with community input, is intended to improve pedestrian safety and contribute to the district’s vitality.  It is one of several crossing improvements in Old Town Chinatown but the first artistic crosswalk.

WHAT: Installation and dedication of the city’s first creative crosswalk, a public-private project between the city and the community.

WHEN:  10 a.m. crews begin installation. 11 a.m. ribbon cutting and walk on raindrops

WHO:  Commissioner Novick, PBOT Director Leah Treat, Jake Kaempf of Ampersand Content in Old Town, who contributed the design, and other members of the Old Town Chinatown community.

VISUALS: PBOT crews installing the thermoplastic design. Ribbon-cutting celebration of the creative crosswalk, officials and community members walking across raindrops.

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Traffic Advisory: Street improvements on West Burnside Street to close lanes from NW 10th to 11th avenues June 10-26

(June 5, 2015)  – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on W Burnside Street from NW 10th Avenue to NW 11th Avenue from Wednesday, June 10, through Friday, June 26, from 7 a.m. through 5 p.m. each week day.

Both eastbound lanes will be closed during work hours. Traffic will be flagged through both directions using the two westbound lanes. The eastbound curb lane will remain closed during the duration of the project.

The public is advised to expect delays while repairs are being made. We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all work zone signage, and use alternate routes if possible.

The lane closures are necessary to allow crews to repair the failed road base and stabilize the foundation of the road to prevent potholes and other surface distresses. Crews will also replace the bus stop pad with concrete for increased durability.

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

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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

Traffic Advisory: Street improvements on NE Alderwood Road to close lanes from NE Columbia Boulevard to NE 82nd Avenue June 8-17

(June 3, 2015)  – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on NE Alderwood Road from NE Columbia Boulevard to NE 82nd Avenue from Monday, June 8 through Wednesday, June 17,  7 a.m. through 5 p.m. each week day.

The lane closures will allow crews to grind down the road surface and pave 1.95 lane miles of NE Alderwood Road.

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.

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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

News Release: Mayor Hales, Commissioner Novick underscore their support for Vision Zero as Portlanders unite for safer streets for all

(June 2, 2015) Mayor Charlie Hales and City Commissioner Steve Novick underscored their support on Tuesday for Vision Zero, the goal of providing a safe, multimodal transportation system where no one is killed on our streets.

In light of recent crashes in Portland, Hales committed a citywide effort, including the Portland Police Bureau and Portland Fire & Rescue, to improve safety for all Portlanders, whether they are biking, walking or driving.

“It has been difficult to witness the death and injuries that occurred on our streets over the past several weeks,” Mayor Hales said. “My thoughts go out to the families and friends of those impacted, and the survivors of those crashes. No person should have to go through the traumatic experience of a serious crash, as Alistair Corkett suffered last month.”

The announcement came at a news conference immediately following an afternoon meeting at City Hall with stakeholders, fire and police officials and the Oregon Department of Transportation. Mayor Hales and Commissioner Novick called for the public’s help in reducing crashes.

“We are busy people and we all rush through our days – I get that, I am busy too.  But no meeting, no appointment, no event is worth a life,” Mayor Hales said. “That person next to you in a car, or on a bike, or crossing the street, is someone’s sister, mother, aunt or neighbor. Let’s take care of each other.  Let’s look every direction before making a turn. A simple act – looking before you turn – could save a life.”

In 2014, there were 28 deaths in Portland due to traffic crashes and there have been 10 so far this year.

“We lost 28 of our own last year,” said Commissioner Novick, who oversees the Portland Bureau of Transportation. “As the Mayor said, these deaths are tragic and they are preventable.”

Many fatal crashes happen on just 10 streets, which PBOT has designated as High Crash Corridors. Though they represent only 3 percent of the roads in Portland, they account for 51 percent of all pedestrian fatalities.

“These streets often run through the main thoroughfares in low-income communities,” Novick said. “People in low-income neighborhoods are 2.3 times more likely to be struck and killed while walking than the average person. We must embrace Vision Zero to make Portland a more equitable place.”

Novick thanked the Mayor for including $4 million in safety improvements for 122nd Avenue, one of the High Crash Corridors, in the proposed budget that was approved by Council last week. TriMet has said that because these safety improvements improve access to transit, they make it much more likely that TriMet will upgrade to frequent bus service on 122nd Avenue, which has long been a community priority.

Transportation Director Leah Treat said PBOT is committed to Vision Zero and the Bureau has numerous new pedestrian crossing beacons and other safety improvements scheduled to be installed in the coming months.

“It’s been over a year since I took this job and I announced my commitment to Vision Zero – the concept that deaths are not inevitable,” Treat said. “Traffic deaths have huge health and economic costs to our society. I am tremendously proud of the work that we have accomplished to date in working towards Vision Zero. But we can do more. We can do it better. I have laid out a path forward, articulated in PBOT’s 2-Year Workplan, called Portland Progress.”

The City has introduced House Bill 2621 in the state Legislature that would allow Portland to place safety cameras on High Crash Corridors, a proven way of reducing fatal crashes. In addition, Treat recently made a formal request to the Oregon Speed Zone Control Board seeking to expedite the process for setting speeds on city streets, taking into account how and when pedestrians and cyclists use the road. While that request is pending, the City recently successfully reduced speeds on SE Division and Burnside, two high crash corridors.

“We are working with our partners at ODOT to invest federal dollars in places where the worst crashes occur,” Treat said. “More is on the horizon. We’re going to follow the data. We are going to experiment and find out what works. And where we see problem areas, that’s where we’re going to apply safety tools most intensely, and keep driving down these numbers, and keep saving peoples’ lives.”

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News Advisory: Mayor Hales, Commissioner Novick, Director Treat meet with media to discuss transportation safety in light of recent crashes

(June 2, 2015) Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, City Commissioner Steve Novick and Transportation Director Leah Treat will hold a news conference today to discuss the City’s efforts to prioritize safety for all transportation modes in a multimodal environment. The news conference comes immediately following an afternoon meeting at City Hall with stakeholders and officials with the Portland Police Bureau and Portland Fire & Rescue. A representative of the Oregon Department of Transportation will also be available.

WHO:  Mayor Charlie Hales, Commissioner Steve Novick, Transportation Director Leah Treat

WHAT:  News conference to update news media and public on transportation safety discussion

WHEN:   4 p.m. Tuesday June 2, 2015

WHERE:  North Atrium, First Floor, Portland City Hall, 1221 SW Fourth Ave.

WHY:  Mayor, Commissioner and Transportation Director are working with the community and public safety agencies on how we can increase public awareness and increase safety for all Portlanders, whether they bike, walk or drive.

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