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Traffic Advisory: Street improvements to close lanes on SE Tacoma St, from SE 6th Ave to SE 17th Ave, July 28-31

(July 27, 2016) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on SE Tacoma Street from SE 6th Avenue to SE 17th Avenue on Thursday, July 28, through Sunday, July 31, from 7 a.m. through 5 p.m. each day.

The lane closures will allow crews to repave 2.2 lane miles of street surface, following recent work to grind off the top layer of asphalt. Both grinding and repaving are being coordinated with the Sellwood Bridge closures to reduce disruption to the traveling public.

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 Blog: Portland students learn bike safety and leadership at Bike Camp

James John Bike Campers

James John SUN School Bike Campers having a blast at a bike camp. Photo by Janis McDonald, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

By Lale Santelices, Safe Routes to School Coordinator

Last week our Safe Routes to School team set out to spend a week on two wheels with kids from James John SUN School during our Bike Camp, and it was a total success! We taught 3-5 graders bike safety, developed leadership skills, kept kids active, and made connections with nature and their neighborhood.

Bike Camp 2016Bike Camp is offered to specific schools in the Portland area every summer through PBOT’s Safe Routes to Schools Program. The goal of the program is to teach students bike safety and build confidence navigating their neighborhood streets.

At the beginning of the week, campers set an ambitious goal to ride 50 miles which they exceeded – totaling 55 miles. They looped around most parks in North Portland, and rode over as many pedestrian bridges as they could find. Every morning campers would choose their destination using bike maps. It was easy to find safe routes that accommodated all skill levels thanks to the Neighborhood Greenway system.

As an instructor, it was fun to see how the campers grew daily in their confidence. Parker, a 5th grader, got in the habit of verbalizing all of the steps he would take at intersections, that way he could prove to his instructors he did not need any help.

New Columbia Bike Repair Hub

Practicing at the New Columbia Bike Repair Hub Skills Park. Photo by Janis McDonald, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

With increased confidence came their ability to ride further distances. They created more complex routes taking us as far south as Dawson Park! But all routes had something in common - kids always wanted to stop by the Bike Repair Hub in New Columbia to practice on the skills park to master a new section of the course.

Kelly Point ParkThe longest day in miles was our adventure to Kelly Point Park. “This is the most perfect day ever,” said 5th grader Cristina as she sat on a log watching the Columbia and the Willamette Rivers meet. “I agree,” said Isaías, 3rd grader, as he collected clam shells. Though we had a really strong group of riders who tried to spend as much time on their bikes as possible; being at the park and taking in nature was exactly what we all needed to recharge batteries and keep on riding.

Thanks so much for making our Bike Camp a super success: James John SUN School, Portland Public Schools, New Columbia, Village Market, Community Cycling Center’s Bike Hub Repair and Skills Park, Portland Parks and Recreation, and PBOT.  

News Release: Portlanders embrace BIKETOWN, riding 12,701 miles, buying 1,404 annual memberships by third day of operation

July 22, 2016 – Portlanders have flocked to BIKETOWN, Portland’s bike share service, buying 1,404 annual memberships and logging 12,701 miles as of 2 p.m. today.

“This is a tremendous start that shows Portlanders are eager to use bike sharing to lead more healthy, active lifestyles,” said Leah Treat, director of the Portland Bureau of Transportation, which owns the BIKETOWN bike share service. “From day one, BIKETOWN is one of the largest bike sharing system in the nation, and as it grows it will help reduce pollution and carbon emissions.”

Since starting operation at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, BIKETOWN has sold 1,960 single-ride passes and 441 day passes.

Annual memberships for BIKETOWN cost $12 per month, giving members 90 minutes a day of riding time. Single-ride passes and 24-hour passes are also available for those who want to use the program more occasionally, including tourists. By Tuesday morning, more than 1,000 people had signed up for annual memberships.

BIKETOWN ridership July 22, 2016BIKETOWN riders on opening day

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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.

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 part of this collaboration, Nike designed the innovative visual identity for the program’s standard bike which is 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, beginning with the Nike Air Max 95, Nike Air Trainer 1 and Nike Air Safari.

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 share systems include Bike Share Toronto and Melbourne Bike Share (Australia).


News Release: Northeast Portland Sunday Parkways will be BEE-utiful this Weekend

PBOT, BES and City Repair activities at Sunday Parkways to highlight a Pollinator-friendly Portland

Portland, OR, July 21, 2016 — This summer’s third City of Portland Sunday Parkways presented by Kaiser Permanente is coming to Northeast Portland this Sunday, July 24. Walkers, cyclists and rollers of all kinds will have the opportunity to enjoy a 7.6 mile loop of traffic-free streets from 11 a.m to 4 p.m. This weekend’s route will connect Northeast Portland neighborhoods from Woodlawn Park to Khunamokwst Park. The route will also showcase neighborhood greenways like Going Street. Neighborhood greenways are residential streets with low speeds that are marked with bicycle symbols on the pavement. 

As an added bonus, this weekend’s event will give Portlanders an opportunity to explore the benefits of a healthy and bee-friendly city when the Pollinator Project debuts. A partnership between the City Repair Project and Sunday Parkways, the multi-year Pollinator Project will focus on increasing pollinator habitat in Portland through community engagement, educational awareness, and a series of neighborhood projects. Sunday Parkways participants will be able to take part in a variety of activities highlighting the important role that pollinators play in Portland’s environment. The Pollinator Project is partially funded through the Community Watershed Stewardship Program (CWSP) grant facilitated by the Bureau of Environmental Services.

The event’s detailed Sunday Parkways route map shows the route as well as bus and light rail options to help area residents get to Sunday Parkways via bike and transit. A schedule and listing of event highlights are available on the Sunday Parkways Northeast Portland brochure.

Sunday Parkways is a series of five free community events opening the city's largest public space – its streets – for people to walk, bike, roll and discover active transportation.  The event series, held in a different neighborhood once a month from May to September, is hugely popular; total attendance topped 119,000 last year.

For maps and more information, visit or call 503-823-7599. Follow us on Facebook at PortlandSundayParkways and on Twitter @SundayParkways.


Northeast Portland Sunday Parkways provided by the generous support from the following sponsors:


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


About City Repair: City Repair facilitates artistic and ecologically-oriented placemaking through projects that honor the interconnection of human communities and the natural world. The many projects of City Repair have been accomplished by a mostly volunteer staff and thousands of volunteer citizen activists. We provide support, resources, and opportunities to help diverse communities reclaim the culture, power, and joy that we all deserve.

News Blog: Join a PBOT Advisory Committee

We have received over 40 total applications for the Fixing our Streets Oversight Committee and the PBOT Bureau Advisory Committee. Given the important role both committees will play, it is critical that they reflect Portland's diversity. We are extending the deadline for committee applications until Wednesday, July 27th at 5 PM.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation invites you to consider two important PBOT advisory committee opportunities:

Bureau/Budget Advisory Committee | Application due July 27th

PBOT convenes a Bureau/Budget Advisory Committee (BAC) to inform the annual transportation budget and think critically and strategically about Portland’s complete transportation system. The BAC will also review program priorities and infrastructure project lists and provide input on Bureau strategy and direction for incorporating equity and the inclusion of communities that are traditionally under-served by the Bureau. The BAC meets monthly and is year round. Learn more.

Fixing Our Streets Oversight Committee | Application due July 27th

On May 17, 2016, Portland voters approved Measure 26-173, creating Portland’s first local funding source for transportation maintenance and safety via a 10 cent per gallon fuel tax. The Fixing Our Streets Program will implement Measure 26-173. The Oversight Committee will monitor overall program implementation, with special attention on construction impacts on businesses and neighborhoods and the utilization of minority-owned, women-owned, and emerging small businesses. The Oversight Committee will meet quarterly. Learn more.

Both of these advisory groups will play an important role in shaping the future of our work at PBOT and we will be working diligently to ensure that these spaces are both informative and meaningful for committee members. For each group we are seeking a diversity of perspectives and experience. Onboarding and supplemental information sessions will be offered to assist with facilitating full participation of committee members regardless of experience with PBOT or budget/policy process. Individuals can apply for both if there is interest. We do hope that you will consider applying and share these opportunities with your networks.

For more information please contact Irene Schwoeffermann, Portland Bureau of Transportation, (503) 823-4239 /

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