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ODOT STIP process begins – Learn more here

Posted on July 27th, 2017 at 12:07 pm.

Press release below from ODOT:

Ready, set, go! The 2021-2024 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program cycle begins

Ready or not, the process for distributing money to transportation projects in the 2021-2024 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program begins now. Because projects in the STIP are funded with taxpayer dollars, we are making every effort to get input from Oregonians about how we spend these funds.

To accomplish this, we created a website to share information. Check it out at oregon.gov/ODOT/STIP.

On the website you can:

Take a survey to provide input on funding priorities.
— Sign up for our STIP email list to get regular updates.
— Watch a new video to learn STIP fundamentals.
— Keep current by viewing videos and materials from the Oregon Transportation Commission meetings and read monthly STIP updates.

We want your feedback on how to spend the money so we are providing opportunities to weigh in at key points in the process. Get involved early in the STIP process and stay involved to make a difference in the future of our transportation system!

State bike/walk advisory committee seeks two new members

Posted on July 13th, 2017 at 11:05 am.

With a new transportation bill in the books, this is an important time to get engaged and influence where the money goes.

Check out the press release below for info on two openings on the Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (or OBPAC as the wonks say):

SALEM – The Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee is seeking two new members: one local government/land use planning member and one at-large member. The eight-member volunteer committee, appointed by the governor, acts as a liaison between the public and ODOT. It advises ODOT in the regulation of bicycle and pedestrian traffic and the establishment of bikeways and walkways. Members serve four-year terms.

The committee was first formed by Oregon Statute 366.112, a bill passed in the 1973 Oregon Legislature. In 1995, the Oregon Transportation Commission officially recognized the committee’s additional role in pedestrian issues, and the group became the Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, or OBPAC.

Throughout the year, the committee gathers input from residents, officials and ODOT staff as it considers bicycle and pedestrian transportation-related issues. The committee meets up to six times per year, with several of those meetings in locations outside of the Salem area; travel expenses are reimbursed. Upcoming work items include input on the new Safe Routes to School program, ODOT’s Active Transportation Section, and the department’s multimodal policies. Interest forms are available online.

For questions about the appointment process, contact Judge Kemp, Boards & Commissions manager, 503-378-2317.
For questions about the committee, contact Sheila Lyons, ODOT Bicycle & Pedestrian Program manager, 503-986-3555, sheila.a.lyons@odot.state.or.us.

PBOT needs Sunday Parkways volunteers this weekend

Posted on June 23rd, 2017 at 12:26 pm.

Please consider lending a hand! See the alert below for the details…

You gave us 10 years of Sunday Parkways For it’s 10 birthday, we need your help again!

We need your help to bring Portland another 10 years of sunny open streets starting this weekend: we simply do not have enough volunteers for North Sunday Parkways.
Sign up to join us for a few hours this weekend in North Portland, and then tell the world why it matters so much to you that you’d give your time to help make it happen. Forward this newsletter, share our Facebook posts, spread the word on Nextdoor, call your family and friends. The forecast for Sunday is calling for temperatures in the high 90’s, making it harder for some of our regular volunteers to sign up for a shift and leading some others to withdraw– Sunday Parkways needs your help now more than ever before.

Today, we need you to show your support by doing two things:

1) Sign up right now to volunteer for a shift this Sunday as an Intersection or Mobile Superhero.

2) Commit to helping us create the next “generation” of Sunday Parkways volunteers. How? Share the registration link, and persuade a friend to sign up for a shift themselves. You can also find the volunteers of the future among your family members, co-workers, and social networks. You can find them at your neighborhood associations, walks in the park, book clubs, and at Sunday Parkways itself. Invite them to see Sunday Parkways for themselves if they’ve never been, and if they’re regular attendees, ask them to lend their support by volunteering their time.

Thank you, for all that you do. See you on Sunday!

(we’ll bring the sunscreen and the popsicles)

Click here to volunteer.

Three winners announced for annual Mark Bosworth Cycle Oregon Scholarship

Posted on May 1st, 2017 at 4:35 pm.

2017 winners are (L to R): Kendall Bartley, Lisa Anderson, and Margaret Stanny.
(Photos courtesy Mark Bosworth Scholarship Fund)

Mark Bosworth was an employee of Metro and Cycle Oregon volunteer who went missing from the event in September 2011. He has never been found.

His family established a scholarship fund to provide entry fees to people for the Cycle Oregon Classic ride that Mark loved so much. Below are this year’s winners.
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Multnomah County seeks new members for bike/walk advisory committee

Posted on April 28th, 2017 at 8:11 am.

Members sought for Multnomah County Bicycle and Pedestrian Citizen Advisory Committee

Multnomah County is seeking to fill at least one vacancy on its Bicycle and Pedestrian Citizen Advisory Committee with new members who live, work or recreate in Multnomah County. Preference will be given for applicants who live in east county or rural unincorporated areas. New members will serve a two-year term beginning July 1, 2017.

The committee advises the county on bicycle and pedestrian issues related to the county’s road system, which includes:
– Major collector and arterial roads in the cities of Fairview, Troutdale, and Wood Village
– Roads in unincorporated areas of Multnomah County including the West Hills, Sauvie Island, and areas east and west of the Sandy River
– Five Willamette River bridges in the City of Portland (Broadway, Burnside, Hawthorne, Morrison and Sellwood)

Individuals who are interested in transportation issues affecting bicyclists, pedestrians and the disabled are encouraged to apply. The committee advises the county’s Transportation Division on matters that involve bicycle and pedestrian transportation, including project review and budget recommendations.

The committee meets on the second Wednesday of every month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., typically at the Multnomah Building at 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd. in Portland. Members are appointed by the Board of County Commissioners and serve a two-year term.

To apply, individuals need to fill out and submit an application form no later than Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Applications are available online at www.multco.us/bikeped. To request a hard copy of the application form or for more information, contact Kate McQuillan at 503-988-0204 or katherine.mcquillan@multco.us.

350 volunteers still needed for Sunday Parkways

Posted on April 25th, 2017 at 8:33 am.

Sunday Parkways season is less than one month away (first event is in southeast May 21st)! But to make the fun happen, the City of Portland needs a lot of volunteers to help pull it off. Check their notice below to find ways to plug in and do your part. See you out there!

Portland Sunday Parkways needs your help again this year to open up our public streets, introduce folks young and old to the wonders of car-free afternoons, and show our neighbors how resilient, interconnected and caring communities can light up all of our lives. We need ~350 bike fun enthusiasts like you at each event to help more than 25,000 participants have the best ride ever— whether it’s their thousandth, tenth, or even their very first. Sign up to volunteer for another Shift (on wheels, feets, hands, chairs, wings– anything you like as long as it’s human-powered) at our first event of the year on May 21st in (Inner) Southeast Portland!
Sign up here to volunteer.

Here’s how we need your help…
-Mobile Superheroes to ride the route, keeping a watchful eye on the neighborhood and backing up the Intersection Superheroes
-Intersection Superheroes to monitor the barricades, making sure participants are safe from cars and neighbors are happy to host us
-Info Booth Ambassadors to help all our participants get the most out of Sunday Parkways
-Interested in helping another way? Come down to the office! We’re hosting two more fundraising nights this week to keep Sunday Parkways happy and healthy, join us! We need help in between events too— schedule some time to help out behind the scenes.

…and here’s (just a few of the ways) we can show our appreciation!
Every Sunday Parkways volunteer receives:
– a HEATHER PURPLE Sunday Parkways event t-shirt
– refreshments before and during your shift
– support before, during and after the event
– a 2017 Sunday Parkways bandanna – any three shifts across the season and it’s all yours

Sign up here: PortlandSundayParkways.org.

Thanks again folks! See you in Southeast Portland!

PDC seeking members for Broadway Corridor project steering committee

Posted on March 3rd, 2017 at 3:40 pm.

The Portland Development Commission (PDC) is seeking members for a Steering Committee to guide redevelopment of the Broadway Corridor.

Broadway Corridor Development Opportunity:
Redevelopment of the Broadway Corridor is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to add to Portland’s economy and vitality and to deliver community benefits. The Corridor includes the 14-acre United States Postal Service distribution facility which will relocate next year, Union Station, and several other publicly owned properties. PDC is pursuing planning and redevelopment of the Broadway Corridor with an intentional focus on ensuring all communities have an opportunity to engage in and benefit from its redevelopment. As such, PDC is seeking a diverse mix of community leaders to serve on the Steering Committee and represent a broad range of topic areas.

Steering Committee members will advise PDC, the Portland Housing Bureau and Mayor Ted Wheeler on goals for the project including:

criteria for and selection of a project developer;
the mix of housing and employment opportunities;
configuration of streets, parks, and stormwater management;
priorities for equitable engagement and community benefits, including:
business and workforce construction equity, and
equitable practices to ensure benefits for people who have not historically benefited from PDC’s investments in redevelopment;
approaches for sustainable development
PDC anticipates the Steering Committee will meet once a month beginning in spring 2017 through 2018 at a location near the site in downtown Portland served by public transportation. Meetings will typically be 90 minutes and scheduled in the late afternoon or evening on weekdays. Steering Committee members may also serve in subject area working groups.

Translation and childcare services will be made available upon request. Financial assistance may also be available for Committee members who represent organizations serving disadvantaged communities.

To express your interest in joining the Steering Committee, please complete this brief online form.

PDC will determine Steering Committee members in March. The composition of the Steering Committee will reflect Portland’s diversity.

Steering committee members sought for Post Office redevelopment/Broadway Corridor project

Posted on February 20th, 2017 at 5:20 pm.

With the city’s purchase of the US Post Office block (west end of Broadway Bridge), the potentials for better bikeway connections are obvious and vast. The Portland Development Commission is leading the redevelopment project and they need members for a steering committee. If you’re interested, check out the info below…

Dear Community Partner,

The Portland Development Commission (PDC) is seeking members for a Steering Committee to guide redevelopment of the Broadway Corridor.

Broadway Corridor Development Opportunity:

Redevelopment of the Broadway Corridor is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to add to Portland’s economy and vitality and to deliver community benefits. The Corridor includes the 14-acre United States Postal Service distribution facility which will relocate next year, Union Station, and several other publicly owned properties. PDC is pursuing planning and redevelopment of the Broadway Corridor with an intentional focus on ensuring all communities have an opportunity to engage in and benefit from its redevelopment. As such, PDC is seeking a diverse mix of community leaders to serve on the Steering Committee and represent a broad range of topic areas.
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ODOT wants your feedback on future regional transportation projects

Posted on February 16th, 2017 at 4:15 pm.

Check out the projects coming down the pike and let ODOT know what you think about them. This is for their 2018-2021 “STIP” – Statewide Transportation Improvement Program.

ODOT press release below:

Now is your chance to provide feedback on Oregon’s transportation priorities! Tell us what’s important to you.

The Oregon Department of Transportation is requesting public comment on the draft 2018-2021 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, also known as STIP.

The draft outlines Oregon’s transportation priorities for 2018-2021. The STIP includes 146 projects in the Portland-metro area, which represent ODOT’s plan for design and construction with anticipated federal funds.

Learn more about the proposed transportation projects and provide your feedback online at www.odotR1stip.org.

You can also share your opinion in person on Wed., Feb. 22 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at ODOT Region 1 Headquarters, located at 123 NW Flanders in Portland, or Thurs., Feb. 23 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Multnomah County Library’s Gresham branch, located at 385 NW Miller Ave.

The current public comment period closes Feb. 28. However, comments can be submitted at any time online.

Thank you for taking the time to share what’s important to you in Oregon’s transportation future.

Traffic detours coming near Hawthorne Bridge due to courthouse project

Posted on February 15th, 2017 at 3:25 pm.

Take note:

NEWS RELEASE

Reminder: Traffic changes downtown during courthouse night work

Underground utility night work has begun for Multnomah County’s new Central Courthouse at the west end of the Hawthorne Bridge. Sewer lines need to be relocated before excavation can begin for the courthouse on the block bordered by SW Jefferson, SW Naito Parkway, SW First Ave., and SW Madison St. In-street construction will be performed at night to reduce impacts on commuters.

Utility relocation details:

Work will be conducted between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. Monday through Thursday from February 13 through March, to reduce impacts on traffic

From February 13 – March 1 (tentative), night detours and lane closures will be needed at:

– SW 1st Ave. between SW Main St. and SW Madison St.
– SW Main St. across the intersection with SW 1st Ave.
– Access to the north sidewalk of the Hawthorne Bridge will be available from the Naito Parkway ramp or stairs from Waterfront Park only. The sidewalk on SW Main St. will be closed between Naito Parkway and SW First Ave. The south bridge sidewalk will be open.

From March 1 – 17 (tentative) between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. the eastbound approach to the Hawthorne Bridge from SW Madison St. will be closed to all modes of traffic between SW Naito Parkway and SW 1st Ave. Eastbound traffic can access the bridge from northbound SW Naito Parkway at night.

Noise generating activities include saw-cutting, excavating and sound from vacuum trucks. A telephone line (503-988-8888) is set up for questions and concerns about construction noise.

Work schedules are subject to change, due to weather and other factors.

On February 20, a staircase from the west sidewalk of SW Naito Parkway to the south sidewalk of the Hawthorne Bridge is scheduled to be closed for demolition. A new staircase will be built as part of the project, opening in 2019. Pedestrians can still access the south bridge sidewalk from SW Madison St. and from the sidewalk on the east side of SW Naito Parkway.

The new Central Courthouse is estimated to cost $300 million and open in 2020. A construction open house is scheduled on Thursday, February 23 from 4 – 6 p.m. in the Jury Assembly Room of the County Courthouse at 1021 SW 4th Ave. For project information, visit www.multco.us/central-courthouse.