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Better Naito: A New Way to the Waterfront

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Better Naito closing on 9/22


#BetterNaito: A New Way to the Waterfront

Welcome to another season of Better Naito!

Since 2015, Better Naito has provided a protected space for pedestrians and cyclists traveling along Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park during its busiest season: summer. Every year the park hosts many of the region’s largest festivals, drawing almost 700,000 visitors between April and November, and over 15,000 people per day at its peak. Last year, cyclists took almost 400,000 one-way trips on Better Naito!

Prior to Better Naito, people were forced to walk in the bike lane, squeeze onto narrow dirt paths, or bike in a travel lane with motor vehicles. Initially established as a pilot project by Better Block PDX and a team of civil engineering students from Portland State University, Better Naito helped to manage the increased transportation demand from the seasonal influx of visitors.

By converting one northbound motor vehicle lane on Naito Parkway into a two-way cycle track and pedestrian walkway, Better Naito provides a safe space for people to travel to and access the exciting events at Waterfront Park. Moreover, the clear delineation improves travel time reliability and reduces conflicts between vehicles, cyclists, and pedestrians.

This year, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) will implement the second season of the council approved, 5-year seasonal implementation of Better Naito. Much like last year, PBOT will install plastic posts to delineate one northbound motor vehicle lane on Naito Parkway between SW Main St and NW Couch St. There will also be a designated passenger drop off zone on SW Taylor St to better accommodate people being dropped off by personal vehicles, taxis, and rideshares.

Better Naito will run from May 1st to September 22nd in 2018. 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 2018 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


Better Naito 2018 Notification Letter

Notification letter for residents and businesses near Better Naito 2018

2017 Better Naito Report

Key information on the project background, operational and administrative details, and summary of findings.

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 May 1-September 30, 2018.

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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