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Portland wins bid to host 2016 National Open Streets Summit

by on September 28th, 2015 at 1:42 pm

Hot off the presses!
(Photo by Linda Ginenthal)

Next August the open streets movement will come to Portland.

Over the weekend we heard the news that Portland has been granted the right to host the 2016 National Open Streets Summit. Bureau of Transportation staffer Linda Ginenthal attended the 2015 event in Atlanta, Georgia over the weekend and shared the news with us yesterday after she flew back to oversee Sunday Parkways.

2016 will be third annual Open Streets Summit. The event is organized by the non-profit Open Streets Project in partnership with DC-based advocacy group the Alliance for Biking and Walking. The goal of the event is to bring together national and international leaders working to implement events like Portland’s Sunday Parkways, where streets are “opened” to people and closed to auto use. The Atlanta event over the weekend drew 125 leaders in the movement. The first summit was held in Los Angeles in 2014. (more…)

City’s new Sunday Parkways traffic plan: fewer police, more volunteers, lower costs

by on August 20th, 2015 at 11:15 am

PPB Sgt. Robert Voepel and Sunday Parkways
Manager Linda Ginenthal.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

NOTE: Since posting this story I have learned more from PBOT. Please see the extended note at the end of the post. — Jonathan

In an ongoing effort to make Sunday Parkways as efficient and cost-effective as possible, the Portland Bureau of Transportation will unveil a new traffic plan at their southeast event this Sunday.

Under the new plan, modeled after open streets events in other cities like Bogota, Los Angeles, and Atlanta, PBOT will use fewer uniformed police officers and more citizen volunteers to control traffic at intersections. This reduced police presence will save PBOT thousands of dollars while freeing up police resources for higher priority assignments.

PBOT’s Sunday Parkways Manager Linda Ginenthal shared in an interview this morning that they’re looking to be “more creative” with their traffic control.

When Sunday Parkways first started in 2008 the events cost about $150,000 each. For the past several years however, as the city has found efficiencies in how they deliver the events, the current budget for each one is about $85,000 — with about $8,000 of that going to pay for police. Using fewer police, Ginenthal says, is likely to save the city another several thousand dollars. (more…)

Guest Article: Want to spice up Sunday Parkways? Then step up

by on August 19th, 2014 at 9:01 am

Sunday Parkways North Portland 2012-20
Sunday Parkways is great. It could be even better.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

Last month we asked the community to share ideas on improving Sunday Parkways. This guest article was written by PBOT Program Manager Linda Ginenthal in response to that post. (more…)

Five questions with Sunday Parkways manager Linda Ginenthal

by on July 13th, 2010 at 12:17 pm

Sunday Parkways NE-8
The woman behind Sunday Parkways,
Linda Ginenthal.
(Photo © J. Maus)

Everyone’s getting excited about the Sunday Parkways event coming up in East Portland this weekend. Despite a change to the route due to a repaving project on the Springwater Corridor, it will still be an excellent opportunity to enjoy carfree streets and explore neighborhood parks with thousands of fellow Portlanders.

However, unlike previous Sunday Parkways events that rolled through areas where people on bikes are common, the East Portland edition reaches places where biking — or the infrastructure that goes with it — is not nearly as established. I’m curious how the event will look and feel in a part of our city not known as a cycling haven.

To learn more, I asked PBOT’s Transportation Options Division program manager Linda Ginenthal (she’s the big cheese behind the event) a few questions (emphasis mine): (more…)