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News Release: Outer Northeast Sunday Parkways and the WALK with Refugees and Immigrants celebrate New Portlanders, the diversity of Portland and the importance of community

This 7-mile traffic-free, family-friendly route takes riders, runners, rollers and walkers on a tour of East Holladay, Thompson City and Knott City Parks and introduces the newly opened Gateway Discovery Park.

(Aug. 15, 2018) Portland Sunday Parkways presented by Kaiser Permanente launches its fourth event of the season on Aug. 19 with a return to Outer Northeast Portland. This 7-mile traffic-free, family-friendly route takes riders, runners, rollers and walkers on a tour of East Holladay, Thompson City and Knott City Parks and introduces the newly opened Gateway Discovery Park. Through this event, everyone is invited to the Gateway area to try out e-scooters, grab a bite to eat, try out Zumba and collect their fourth neighborhood decal from the popular Kaiser Permanente Sticker Hunt. 

sunday parkways outer northeast decal

In keeping with the Portland Bureau of Transportation and Sunday Parkways’ ongoing partnership with Portland Parks & Recreations’ Parks for New Portlanders, Sunday Parkways will co-host the second annual WALK with Refugees and Immigrants. This year the WALK falls on World Humanitarian Day, and participants include Mayor Ted Wheeler, Commissioner Amanda Fritz, Commissioner Chloe Eudaly and Ruth Williams-Brinkley, the president of Sunday Parkways’ presenting sponsor Kaiser Permanente Northwest.

The celebratory one-mile permitted walk will gather community members and elected leaders at 11 a.m. at Gateway Discovery Park and will conclude at Knott City Park at approximately 12:15 p.m. During the walk, traffic between Gateway Discovery Park and Knott City Park will be one-way on the Sunday Parkways route, with thousands of people walking. Participants who will not participate in the walk are encouraged to travel counter clockwise moving from Gateway Discovery Park towards East Holladay Park between 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The WALK is open to the public and encourages all neighbors, faith-based organizations, local businesses, neighborhood associations, and nonprofits to join with its purpose to inspire a more compassionate, generous and welcoming Portland.

“Once again, Sunday Parkways is bringing together all the things that Portland does best: Celebrating community, exploring neighborhoods and green spaces, and discovering new routes, bikeways and businesses that connect us all,” said Transportation Commissioner Dan Saltzman. “With so many infrastructure projects slated for Outer Northeast in the next three years, you’ll be sure to discover new and exciting improvements on your rides for years to come.”“This Sunday, I’m proud to walk in solidarity with our immigrant and refugee communities to honor the rich diversity they bring to the fabric our neighborhoods,” said Ruth Williams-Brinkley, president, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals of the Northwest. “Portland is one of the Top 10 destinations for immigrants and refugees from across the globe. I am walking to embrace the spirit of diversity and inclusion that we hope defines our city and our nation, which was built by immigrants who came here to enjoy, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

In addition to introducing a new park, electric scooters will make their debut at this month’s Sunday Parkways. During the event, e-scooter riders will be expected to follow state and city laws at Sunday Parkways - including wearing a helmet while operating the e-scooter and not riding on sidewalks or in City parks. Bird and Lime will set up next to Gateway Discovery Park and offer free helmets and demos of the new e-scooters.

This weekend’s Sunday Parkways will highlight several of PBOT’s upcoming infrastructure projects aimed at improving safety, access to transit, and bicycle connectivity. These projects, a combined investment of $21 million over the next three years, are expected to improve access to jobs, transit, education and economic opportunity. These projects include: Halsey-Weidler Streetscape Project, Holladay-Oregon-Pacific (HOP) Neighborhood Greenway, 100s Neighborhood Greenway, 130s Neighborhood Greenway, and Outer Halsey Safety Improvements. Sunday Parkways is one of many engagement strategies PBOT is employing in this historically underinvested area to provide greater multimodal access for neighbors. Learn more about the work on PBOT’s Gateway to Opportunity website.

Save the Dates for Sunday Parkways 2018:

  • Outer Northeast Portland Sunday Parkways - August 19
  • Northeast Portland Sunday Parkways - September 23

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

About Sunday Parkways
Portland Sunday Parkways, presented by Kaiser Permanente, is a series of free community events opening the city's largest public space—its streets—for people to walk, bike, roll and discover active transportation. The events are beloved by Portlanders of all ages. Total attendance to date has been 889,035 over 44 Sunday Parkways events. Residents and visitors say they come to enjoy the traffic-free streets connecting parks and schools filled with activities, music and vendors. It’s safe, family-friendly and a chance to meet neighbors. 

Traffic Advisory: Ramp connecting SW Capitol Highway to SW Barbur Boulevard reopens today after repairs to bridge deck

(August 15, 2018) The SW Capitol Highway flyover ramp connecting to SW Barbur Boulevard was reopened today at about 2 p.m., after Portland Bureau of Transportation crews completed repairs to the structure nearly two weeks ahead of schedule. A hole in the bridge, discovered on July 19, led to an immediate closure to all traffic with reopening set for August 27. Thanks to Portland Bureau of Transportation crews, deteriorated concrete around an eight-inch hole in the deck of the flyover ramp connec

Capitol Hwy Bridge during repairs

Mike Salts from the Portland Bureau of Transportation bridge maintenance crew makes repairs to the SW Capitol Highway bridge onramp to SW Barbur Boulevard. Photo by Lisa Perry, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

(August 15, 2018) The SW Capitol Highway flyover ramp connecting to SW Barbur Boulevard was reopened today at about 2 p.m., after Portland Bureau of Transportation crews completed repairs to the structure nearly two weeks ahead of schedule.

A hole in the bridge, discovered on July 19, led to an immediate closure to all traffic with reopening set for August 27. Thanks to Portland Bureau of Transportation crews, deteriorated concrete around an eight-inch hole in the deck of the flyover ramp connecting eastbound SW Capitol Highway to northbound SW Barbur Boulevard was demolished and replaced over the course of three weeks. During the closure for the concrete repairs, City crews also repaired deteriorated concrete discovered at a second location, repaved the bridge approach, cleared clogged deck drains, and trimmed back overgrown vegetation. 

The 554-foot-long and almost 60-year-old steel-and-concrete girder bridge is owned by the Portland Bureau of Transportation. Based on National Bridge Inspection Standards, the Oregon Department of Transportation inspects this and all other public, traffic carrying bridges in Oregon every two years. The bridge is due for its next inspection this September.

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Repaired bridge
The newly repaired bridge. Photo by Lisa Perry, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

News Blog: After 20 years, the City of Portland's Bicycle Parking Code is getting an update

Read and comment on the Bicycle Parking Code Update Project Discussion Draft by October 1, 2018

Bicycle Parking Images

(Aug. 14, 2018) Portland is growing, and more and more people are riding bicycles to commute and to take trips around the city. To support this growth and continue to encourage bicycling as a mode of transportation, the City uses standards and guidelines to support secure, accessible and convenient bicycle parking in all new developments and major redevelopmentsEnd-of-trip facilities, like bicycle parking, are a key component to support the use of bicycles for transportation. Data shows that people are significantly less likely to use a bicycle if they don’t have a safe place to lock it at the end of their trip.   

The Bicycle Parking Chapter of the Zoning Code (33.266.200) update is focused on ensuring new development and major redevelopment provide adequate, secure and convenient short- and long-term bicycle parking. Portland’s bicycle parking code hasn’t been updated in 20 years. With changes in technology, design and the way people get around town over the past two decades, it’s time for a refresh. 

Why is this project Important? 

  • The Portland Bicycle Plan calls for bicycling to account for 25 percent of all trips by 2030.
  • Bicycle parking requirements have not kept pace with the growth in Portland population and ridership. 
  • The majority of the Bicycle Parking Code has not been updated in 20 years. 
  • Need to accommodate all types of bicycles and people of all abilities that ride bicycles. 
  • Bicycle theft and security concerns are growing. 
  • Portland supports bicycling as a low-cost, environmentally friendly mode of transportation. 

Review the Discussion Draft and send us your comments!

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) in collaboration with the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) has released a Discussion Draft of the Bicycle Parking Code Update Project for public review. The document includes the proposed code amendments and background analysis.

Bike Parking Code Update Discussion Draft Cover

How can I provide feedback? 

Comments on the Discussion Draft are due on October 1, 2018. You can submit your comments any of these ways: 

  • Online Survey: Bicycle Code Online Survey 

  • Social Media: Does your residence or place of work have bike parking? What do you love about it? What would you like to have changed? Take a photo and tell us about it in your description. Be sure to tag it with #bikeparkingpdx and @pbotinfo.
  • E-mail: bicyclecodeupdate@portlandoregon.gov
  • Mail: City of Portland Bureau of Transportation  

                   Attn: Bicycle Parking Code Update Project 

                  1120 SW 5th Ave, Suite 800 

                   Portland, OR 97204 

Project staff will consider public comments and the City’s goals and policies to produce the Proposed Draft, which will be submitted to the Planning and Sustainability Commission this fall.  

If you have questions or would like to have staff come and talk about the project with your organization, please contact Liz Hormann at 503-823-5086 or Sarah Figliozzi at 503-823-0805 or email: bicyclecodeupdate@portlandoregon.gov 

News Blog: Northwest in Motion online open house seeks feedback about active transportation needs in inner Northwest Portland

Submit your comments by Friday, August 10th!

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News Blog: 

Northwest in Motion online open house seeks feedback about active transportation needs in inner Northwest Portland

Submit your comments by Friday, August 10th!

(Aug. 2, 2018) Our Northwest in Motion online open house is underway and we want to hear from you! How can we expand opportunities for people to comfortably walk, bike, and take public transit in and around the Northwest District neighborhood? Your feedback will help the Portland Bureau of Transportation create a list of specific projects that we can build in and around the neighborhood over the next five years. The online open house includes an interactive comment map where you can point out specific issues that you would like PBOT to address. There are only nine days left to give us your feedback. 

Please submit your comments by Friday, August 10th! 

Northwest in Motion video

Click to watch PBOT's Northwest in Motion explanatory video.

This project will focus on small-scale improvements that could be built in the next five years to fill the gaps and deficiencies in the existing biking and walking network and promote increased transit ridership in the Northwest District. These projects could include improvements like: 

  • Marked crosswalks 
  • Curb extensions 
  • Sidewalk improvements 
  • New and improved bike routes 
  • Transit stop improvements 

Northwest In Motion will develop a five-year active transportation implementation strategy to provide walking, bicycling, and public transit improvements in the Northwest District neighborhood, a vibrant area that is rapidly growing with housing and jobs in inner Northwest Portland. The plan will identify, develop, and prioritize multimodal transportation investments to provide safety for vulnerable roadway users, reduce conflict between transportation modes, and give people living and working in the district more transportation options. Major outcomes include: 

  • A prioritized list of walking, bicycling, and transit projects to guide investment of parking meter revenue and other funding 
  • A feasible strategy for upgrading existing neighborhood greenways in NW to meet established neighborhood greenway guidelines 
  • Changes to street classifications and designs to clarify modal priorities and support the overall goals of the project 

Northwest in Motion aims to give people more choices for daily travel. Giving people more transportation options like walking, bicycling, and public transit means they have the choice to bypass traffic congestion, use limited roadway space more efficiently, and avoid having to look for scarce on-street parking. Providing people these choices will be especially important as the neighborhood continues to grow as a residential, commercial, and employment destination.  

Learn more about Northwest in Motion at www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/NWinMotion  

For more information, or to request a presentation from PBOT regarding the project, contact Zef Wagner, PBOT transportation planner, at 503-823-7164, or zef.wagner@portlandoregon.gov 

News Blog: Announcing the winners of the 2018 Bike to Books Coloring Contest

Winning art will be displayed at Portland City Hall from August 7-17, 2018

(July 31, 2018) This past May, PBOT and Multnomah County Library, with support from Metro, invited students living in Multnomah County to design bike lane art for Portland’s “Bike to Books” Bike Month coloring contest. The contest was open to students from Pre-Kindergarten to 12th grade. For years Portlanders have enjoyed the smile-inducing bike lane art designed by PBOT’s striping crews. The designs, which are usually created by crew members, can be found in bike lanes and on neighborhood greenways across the city. The Bike to Books Coloring contest asked students to come up with their own original bike lane art that they would like to see in Portland's bike lanes.

Coloring pages were available for pick up at all Multnomah County Library branches (click here for locations) or downloaded online. Contestants were required to drop off their entry at a library branch in person in order to be entered into the contest. Approximately 450 entries were submitted from students across Multnomah County. This June, PBOT and Multnomah County Library staff reviewed entries and named the first (including a tie for first place for two Pre-K to 2nd grade entries), second and third place winners of each age division as well as honorable mentions from each group. 

The winning artwork is as follows:

First Place

2nd Place

3rd Place 

New to the program this year, is an award ceremony at Portland City Hall on August 7 at 2:30 p.m. where winners of the Bike to Books Coloring Contest will be presented with a certificate of participation from the City of Portland Transportation Commissioner Dan Saltzman and the Multnomah County Director of Libraries Vailey Oehlke. This event will also mark the beginning of a two-week gallery showing of all the winning artwork in the City Hall atrium that will be open to the public through August 17, 2018. The public is invited to join us as we celebrate the creativity of Portland’s young artists and their contribution to our city.

The first place winning art will be installed on four bike lanes by the Portland Bureau of Transportation's striping crews later this summer. Second prize winners each received four full-day passes to the Lumberyard Bike Park (including rental bikes and safety equipment if needed) and third prize winners won a bike helmet of their choice from Portland-based Nutcase Helmets.

In addition to the coloring contest, every person who biked to a Multnomah County Library branch during Bike Month received a free bike light provided by Metro. Special Bike Storytimes for young readers were also offered at numerous library branches across the county.

Thanks to everyone who participated in Bike Month 2018! We can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2019.