From the press release:
A short film highlighting Portland’s growing system of Neighborhood Greenways was released nationally today by StreetFilms.org. Neighborhood Greenways are residential streets where bicycles, pedestrians and families have been given priority through traffic calming, new crossings and stormwater management features. They create a low-cost, safe network that connects Portlanders to schools, parks, business districts, and the existing transportation system.
“We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make streets safer and improve the livability of Portland’s neighborhoods,” Mayor Sam Adams said. “Neighborhood Greenways are a common-sense solution for the City of Portland and all its residents. By refurbishing existing streets and partnering with fellow government agencies for cost savings, we get the most out of our public investment.”
"Bringing traffic calming, pedestrian and bicycle improvements, and storm water management to our streets creates a win-win for Portlanders, providing important connections to open spaces and our large network of parks, trails, and natural areas. By making it easy for people to walk and bike together, Portland is not only improving our transportation infrastructure, but also the health and livability of our communities," Commissioner Nick Fish said.
"It was amazing to see all that Portland is doing to invest in its neighborhoods. I love telling this story because it's one of the best examples of making neighborhood streets more beautiful and investing in family-friendly communities that I've seen in the dozens of cities I've visited documenting livable streets issues," said Clarence Eckerson of StreetFilms.org.
The new 7-minute film provides an overview of the ongoing effort, which is collaboration between the Portland Bureau of Transportation, Bureau of Environmental Services, and Portland Parks and Recreation. The film is available online at http://www.streetfilms.org/portlands-bike-boulevards-become-neighborhood-greenways/.
StreetFilms are online digital films covering transportation issues around the world and have been viewed over 2.5 million times. The filmmakers are affiliated with the popular StreetsBlog based in New York City.