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Portland transportation bureau staffer receives national traffic safety award

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on April 5th, 2016 at 10:23 am


Winners of the 2016 NHTSA Public Service Award. PBOT employee Greg Raisman is 2nd from left in the grey suit.
(Photo: NHTSA)

Portland Bureau of Transportation employee Greg Raisman has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Transportation for his dedication to safer streets.
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Sharrows, sparrows and a roadway revolution

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on May 10th, 2013 at 11:45 am


St. Johns resident Walker Leiser (and his daughter) have
seen their neighborhood transform in part because
of the tree-lined, traffic-calmed street that runs through it.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

What the Bureau of Transportation has done in the past few years to develop a low-stress residential street network has revolutionized Portland neighborhoods. The changes aren’t always noticed, but their impact is beginning to emerge. For relative pennies, PBOT has created a (mostly) connected, family-friendly network of streets that are comfortable to bike on and easy to navigate. It’s still not perfect (never will be), but the maturity of this network is worth noticing. And at the ‘Sharrows to Sparrows’ ride held on April 27th, it was hard to miss.[Read more…]

The Portland connection to London’s stunning new bike plan

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on March 14th, 2013 at 4:21 pm

PBOT’s Greg Raisman (L) and Transport for London bike planner Steve Cardno.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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The case for neighborhood greenways: Portland’s ‘bus system for biking and walking’

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on March 16th, 2012 at 3:22 pm

PBOT traffic safety expert Greg Raisman speaking up for bike boulevards at the recent Transportation Safety Summit.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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PBOT staffer off to Europe to study ‘livable’, residential streets

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on October 17th, 2011 at 3:14 pm

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PBOT planner Denver Igarta and the
reasons he cares about livable streets.
(Photo © J. Maus)

As a transportation planner at the Bureau of Transportation (PBOT), Denver Igarta has had a front-row seat to the development of Portland’s burgeoning network of low-stress, “neighborhood greenway” streets. Now Igarta will head to Europe to “uncover the secrets of residential streets that were built to first serve people rather than cars.”

Igarta has been selected as an Urban and Regional Policy Fellow by the German Marshall Fund. His research will include a one-month, four city tour with stops in Munich, Germany; Rotterdam, Netherlands; Copenhagen, Denmark; and Malmö, Sweden.[Read more…]

NE neighborhood coalition to host “sharing the road” roundtable

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on January 28th, 2011 at 11:25 am

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Riding on NE Alberta.
(Photo © J. Maus)

The Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (NECN, one of several umbrella groups for Portland’s 95 neighborhood associations) will host an event on January 31st billed as, “Sharing the Road: People on the Move.”

The event, which will include speakers from the BTA, the Willamette Pedestrian Coalition, and the City’s Bureau of Transportation, looks to be sort of a town hall on traffic safety. Here’s a snip from the event announcement:[Read more…]

‘Pocket park’ and cycle-track: A closer look at the NE Holman bike boulevard project

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on May 5th, 2010 at 10:10 am

PBOT’s latest plans for a new, traffic calming park on NE Holman at 13th.

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For PBOT, “neighborhood greenways” is more than just a new name

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on April 14th, 2010 at 1:57 pm

Rolling on NE Tillamook.
(Photos © J. Maus)

The City of Portland recently unveiled “neighborhood greenways” as a term to replace bike boulevards. At the monthly meeting of the City’s Bicycle Advisory Committee last night PBOT traffic safety staffer Greg Raisman showed up to explain more about their thinking behind the new name.[Read more…]

Presentation on residential street safety next Monday

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on January 4th, 2010 at 1:02 pm

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New traffic calming device
on SE Spokane St.
(Photo © J. Maus)

With their extensive plans for bike boulevards in the coming years (they’ve got 60 miles of them coming by 2013), it’s clear that the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation has made residential street safety a high priority.

Residential streets don’t garner the media attention that projects in commercials areas do, but according to PBOT they deserve priority because most trips start at home and 70% of Portland’s streets are residential.[Read more…]

Mayor Adams headed to Brussels for Velo-city Conference

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on May 5th, 2009 at 8:14 am

That’s a cool logo. I hope someone
brings me back a T-shirt.

Portland Mayor Sam Adams, his Chief of Staff Tom Miller, and Bureau of Transportation traffic safety specialist Greg Raisman will visit Brussels, Belgium next week for the 29th annual Velo-city Conference.

Widely regarded as the premier bicycle transportation conference in the world (the 2007 edition in Munich had 950 participants from 50 countries), this year’s Velo-city will take on added significance. The four-day conference will be held in the European Parliament building and on the final day, several cities — including Portland — will sign the Charter of Brussels.[Read more…]