Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on June 8th, 2015 at 11:03 am
Portland is about to get its first “creative crosswalk.”
The Bureau of Transportation just announced that they’ll debut a new crosswalk design tomorrow (6/9) in Old Town.
Here’s more from a PBOT statement:
Commissioner Novick, community to dedicate city’s first creative crosswalk; Portlanders get to walk on raindrops in Old Town
Commissioner Steve Novick and PBOT Director Leah Treat will join Old Town business leaders on Tuesday, June 9 to dedicate Portland’s first pair of ‘creative crosswalks,’ an eye-catching pattern of raindrops with a giant umbrella that guides pedestrians across NW Third Avenue and Davis Street.
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The raindrop installation, planned and designed with community input, is intended to improve pedestrian safety and contribute to the district’s vitality. It is one of several crossing improvements in Old Town Chinatown but the first artistic crosswalk.
I love seeing PBOT and Commissioner Novick get creative with our right-of-way space — especially when it’s in the name of making streets safer. This is also a positive sign that the partnerships formed during Better Block’s project on SW 3rd and Burnside earlier this year are continuing to bear fruit. Novick and PBOT Director Leah Treat will be joined at the launch even tomorrow by Old Town business owner Jake Kaempf and other members of the Old Town Chinatown community.