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Better Naito: A New Way to the Waterfront

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Better Naito


#BetterNaito: A New Way to the Waterfront

Every year the festivals in Tom McCall Waterfront Park draw hundreds of thousands of people. During the peak season between April and November an additional 15,000 people visit the Waterfront per day.

The Better Naito project was first piloted in 2015 to help manage this influx of visitors, create a safe space for people to travel to these events, and to reduce conflicts between people walking and biking and driving along the Waterfront in the summer months. Prior to Better Naito, people were often forced to walk in the bike lane, squeeze into narrow dirt paths, or bike in a travel lane with motor vehicles to reach Waterfront events. The volunteer-led effort championed by the non-profit Better Block PDX improved the Waterfront Park experience during its busiest season and was implemented again in the summer of 2016.

After two seasons of volunteer-led effort, Portland City Council designated funds and directed the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) to implement Better Naito. To this end, PBOT will install removable white plastic posts to delineate one northbound motor vehicle lane on SW Naito Parkway, converting it to open space for the public to walk and bike and roll safely to Waterfront Park’s festivals and community events. The posts will be installed between SW Main and NW Couch.

Better Naito will run from April 28th to September 30th in 2017. In October, the posts will be removed and stored for use next summer.




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The festivals and community events happening in or adjacent to Better Naito 2017 include:



Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

May 4 - 6, 2018

Cinco de Mayo Run/Walk

May 6, 2018

Doggie Dash

May 12, 2018

Take Steps for Chron's & Colitis

May 20, 2018

Portland Rose Festival City Fair

May 25 - June 10, 2018

Pride NW

June 16 - 17, 2018

Waterfront Blues Festival

July 4 - 7, 2018

The Big Float

July 14, 2018

Oregon Brewers Festival

July 26 - 29, 2018

Providence Bridge Pedal

August 12, 2018


August 26 - 27, 2018

Portland Dragon Boat Festival

September 8 - 9, 2018

Race for the Cure

September 16, 2018

For additional information, please view Better Naito Frequently Asked Questions.


Share your experience with us:

Twitter: #BetterNaito


Call: (503) 823-4321


News Blog: Thanks for another great season of Better Naito

On Monday, October 2, Naito’s standard configuration will return, with two northbound vehicular lanes and one standard bike lane.

What is Better Naito?

Better Naito is a safer, more connected way for all people to get to and around during Portland’s busy and popular festival season.

Better Naito FAQs

Questions and answers about Better Naito.

Better Naito Passenger Load/Unload Zone

The Better Naito Passenger Load/Unload Zones will be the 2 spots on SW Taylor and SW Oak closest to SW Naito and will be available from April 28-September 30, 2017.

Better Naito Freight Loading Zones

Vehicles may only load in Better Naito if they are associated Portland Saturday Market or with a permitted Waterfront event and are displaying a Better Naito loading permit issued from PBOT.

VIDEO: Better Naito: A New Way to the Waterfront

This video tells the story of Better Block PDX's implementation of Better Naito during the summer of 2015.

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