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First look: The new public plaza on SW 3rd

by on July 22nd, 2016 at 3:11 pm

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Looking south at Burnside from SW 3rd near Ankeny.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

You know Portland is getting its groove back when the Bureau of Transportation creates a large new public plaza and it takes us nearly a week to get it up on the front page.
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Portland Underground Grad School class will cover tactical urbanism

by on July 20th, 2016 at 8:44 am

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An “intersection repair” at NE 85th Avenue, Milton and Beech.
(Photo: Greg Raisman)

A local organization that arranges for Portlanders to teach one another niche skills and information is offering a four-week introduction to do-it-yourself street transformation.

From Better Block’s temporary bike lanes to City Repair’s beloved intersection murals to Depave’s manually removed asphalt, Portland is rich with the spirit of “tactical urbanism,” an umbrella term for fast, flexible changes that make city streets better for people.

Now, Portlander Claire Vlach is offering a four-session crash course through the year-old Portland Underground Grad School. Cost: $99 for the eight-hour class.

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Discount ends tomorrow for the International Open Streets Summit in Portland

by on July 14th, 2016 at 3:20 pm

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Northeast Portland Sunday Parkways, 2014.
(Photo: J.Maus/BikePortland)

The biggest conference about open-streets events (like Sunday Parkways) and tactical urbanism (like Better Block) is coming to Portland next month.

The International Open Streets Summit will bring many people who work to humanize street space to Portland State University from Thursday, Aug. 18 to Saturday, Aug. 20. The draft program includes speakers from Philadelphia; Dallas; Los Angeles; Missoula; Toronto; Cape Town, South Africa; and Santiago, Chile, among others.

The “tactical urbanism” thread is newly added to this conference, reflecting the fact that fast, flexible changes and demos on city streets are a growing trend among community groups and city governments alike. Mike Lydon, a planning consultant helping produce this conference, literally wrote the book on that subject.

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Coming soon: A new protected bike lane on 2nd Ave and a plaza near Voodoo Doughnuts

by on June 9th, 2016 at 5:28 pm

Mock-up of what 2nd Avenue will look like by the end of July.(Images: City of Portland)

Mock-up of what 2nd Avenue will look like by the end of July.
(Images: City of Portland)

The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation will make significant changes to 2nd and 3rd Avenues in downtown Portland this summer.

2nd, which is one-way northbound, will be re-striped with a parking-protected bike lane from SW Stark to NW Everett and there’s a new public plaza coming to the intersection of SW Ankeny and 3rd.
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Lovers of great streets: Better Broadway needs our help

by on May 13th, 2016 at 1:31 pm

This is worth fighting for. Please take the survey and email the mayor and Commissioner Novick about it. (Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

This is worth fighting for. Please take the survey and email the mayor and Commissioner Novick about it.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

I’ve been out on NE Broadway several times this week. And I love what Better Block has done with the place. The transformation of the street from auto-centric thoroughfare to a pleasant street that welcomes a mix of uses has been nothing short of amazing.

But I’m here to let you in on a secret: Not everyone is pleased. I’ve heard from several sources that the project is coming under fire by people whose hate equals my love.

Much of the anger is apparently coming from people think Broadway should remain a fast, crowded arterial mostly for driving on. While people out on the street are supportive and Better Block PDX has many fantastic neighborhood partners, there are some (who just so happen to have very powerful voices) who see this temporary street transformation as evil incarnate.

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Dispatch from Better Broadway: More bike parking, better auto parking, a transit island video and more

by on May 10th, 2016 at 4:17 pm

Thanks OnPoint!

Thanks OnPoint! One of the new bike parking corrals that went up last night.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

As promised, the Better Broadway project got a few improvements since our post yesterday. I went out there again this morning to take a second look at how things were shaping up.
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‘Better Broadway’ is off and running: Here’s what it looks like so far

by on May 9th, 2016 at 4:33 pm

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The new NE Broadway has a protected bike lane. The auto parking lane on the left should be in the buffer zone near the auto traffic. Organizers will work to tweak the signage and markings tonight.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

The gutsiest tactical urbanism project Portland has ever seen is officially underway.
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The making of Better Broadway (photos)

by on May 9th, 2016 at 10:25 am

Signs and cones await their destiny as stars in the Better Broadway project.(All photos by A.J. Zelada)

Signs and cones await their destiny as stars in the Better Broadway project.
(All photos by A.J. Zelada)

Better Broadway opens today. It’s the latest temporary street transformation brought to you by an exciting partnership between Better Block PDX and the Portland Bureau of Transportation.
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Next week’s ‘Better Broadway’ trial aims for better shopping environment

by on May 6th, 2016 at 9:12 am

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(Images: Broadway-Weidler Alliance)

Nine months ago, one of the city’s top experts on the Lloyd District predicted to us that any changes to inner Northeast Portland’s main east-west arterial were 10 years away.

“I think people need to realize that Broadway doesn’t know what they want to do yet,” said Rick Williams, the founding director of the Go Lloyd business association, in an interview. “Broadway is kind of where we were 10 years ago: in the planning phase.”

But if an on-street trial next week of improved crosswalks and a protected bike lane do well, the planning phase could move pretty quickly.

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Better Naito organizers urge patience as lane gets used as loading zone

by on May 4th, 2016 at 3:22 pm

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Acceptable trade-off for a “Better Naito”?
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Having a reduced speed limit and 15 feet of space dedicated to biking and walking on Naito Parkway for three full months is a welcome improvement. But it comes with a trade-off: In order to get full support for the project from Waterfront Park event organizers, the City of Portland is allowing trucks to use the lane as a loading zone.
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