Newswire: Walking and Biking Summit in Eugene this Saturday

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Fourth Annual Walking and Biking Summit Slated for January 23
The 4th Annual Walking and Biking Summit will be held Saturday, January 23, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sheldon Community Center, 2445 Willakenzie Road. Doors will be open at 8:30 a.m. for registration.

This year the summit will help kick off Eugene’s new pedestrian and bicycle master planning process. Families are encouraged to come and give input on ways to make safer routes to and from school a priority in our cities infrastructure.

Speakers for the event include Mayor Piercy, pedestrian expert Ellen Vanderslice with Willamette Pedestrian Coalition, and Bill Nesper of the League of American Bicyclists. Nesper also will present Mayor Piercy and the city with the Bicycle Friendly Community – Gold Level Award.

A fun fashion show will highlight family friendly walking, biking and skating gear and clothing. Many area organizations and businesses will be on hand to showcase their goods and information. Free childcare will be provided for children over 2 ½ years old (please RSVP with Tracy at 541-682-5291). Free valet bike parking will be provided on site along with breakfast and light refreshments for all participants. For more information please see www.eugene-or.gov/walkbike or contact Safe Routes to School Program Manager, Shane Rhodes at rhodes_sh@4j.lane.edu or 541-556-3553.

Newswire: Public comments sought on Mult. Co. transportation capital plan

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Public comments sought on transportation capital plan

Multnomah County welcomes comments on its public review draft of the Transportation Capital Improvement Plan and Program (CIPP) for Fiscal Years 2010-2014. The purpose of the CIPP is to ensure limited public funds are invested in transportation projects providing the greatest public benefit. The CIPP is updated every five years.

The CIPP is a two-part process. The Capital Improvement Plan identifies and ranks transportation improvement needs on County roadways and bridges over the next 20 years. Multnomah County maintains 300 miles of roads and bridges. The network of roads and bridges lies outside the cities of Gresham and Portland, with the exception of five Willamette River bridges within Portland. Projects that accommodate all modes of transportation — motor vehicle, transit, pedestrian and bicycle, and improvements to fish passage culverts — are considered. County staff uses objective criteria to evaluate and score potential projects. Criteria include safety, congestion relief, support of regional land use goals, and community support.

The Capital Improvement Program assigns anticipated revenues to the highest priority projects for a five-year period. The program is reviewed by the County Transportation Division biennially, for programming corrections. The biennial updates adjust anticipated capital revenues to more current projections, and ensure capital project expenditures are allocated appropriately.

The public review draft of the CIPP compiles the list of uncompleted projects and new projects identified through the update process. Candidate projects were identified through public comments, from staff at the cities of Fairview, Troutdale and Wood Village, the County’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Citizen Advisory Committee and from the County’s Road and Bridge staff.

The review draft of the CIPP can be reviewed online at www.multco.us/cipp. Please send comments or questions about the CIPP update to cip@co.multnomah.or.us or by mail to: CIPP Comments, 1600 S.E. 190th Avenue, Suite 116, Portland, OR 97233. Public comments are welcome through February 8, 2010. The Board of County Commissioners is tentatively scheduled to hold a public hearing to consider adopting the CIPP on February 11.

Newswire: Weather advisory from PBOT

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CITY STREETS THAWING BUT STILL SLICK AND SLUSHY
Posted: December 30th, 2009 5:59 AM

(Portland, OR) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation is reporting that yesterday’s surprise snowstorm still has city streets slick and under cover of slush. Major arterials are in good condition, but many neighborhood residential streets are still hazardous this morning. The public is advised to take it slow and easy while warmer temperatures gradually thaw streets and sidewalks.

WEATHER FORECAST
-Temperatures above freezing and rising will help thaw city streets and sidewalks.
-Rain showers will help clear streets of snow and slush.

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Newswire: PBOT to conduct crosswalk enforcement with Police in Southeast

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Contact:
Dan Anderson, public information officer
503-823-3723
dan.anderson@ci.portland.or.us

MEDIA ADVISORY
Bureau of Transportation to conduct crosswalk enforcement with Police on Wed. in SE

WHAT
A crosswalk enforcement action includes one or more pedestrian decoys strategically positioned at locations that have marked or unmarked crosswalks and a fair amount of pedestrian activity. Drivers that fail to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk may be issued a warning or given a citation by police. Pedestrians that jaywalk may receive warnings or citations.

WHY
Members of the community have expressed their concerns about pedestrian safety at this location. Crosswalk enforcement actions are an opportunity to educate the community about Oregon crosswalk laws and enforce the law. Pedestrians are at risk in traffic – approximately one-third of traffic-related fatalities in Portland are pedestrians and bicyclists. Half of all vehicle-pedestrian crashes occur at an intersection or crosswalk. Crosswalk enforcement actions have proven to be an effective way to communicate pedestrian right of way laws.

WHO
Portland Bureau of Transportation staff and Portland Police Traffic Division

WHEN
Wednesday, December 23, 2009 from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Crosswalk enforcement actions are conducted monthly.

WHERE
Unmarked crossing on SE 17th at Marion

Newswire: Sellwood neighborhood, City officials celebrate new bike boulevard opening this Saturday

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Sellwood neighborhood, City officials celebrate new bike boulevard opening this Saturday

(Portland, Ore.) – Mayor Sam Adams and the Portland Bureau of Transportation will participate in a ribbon cutting with neighbors at a celebration for the city’s newest bicycle boulevard on SE Spokane Street in Sellwood this Saturday.

“Projects like this bicycle boulevard will help Portland meet our Climate Action Plan goals and provide residents of Portland with more options for biking and walking to local businesses, schools and our community centers.”

Bicycle boulevards are designated routes for cyclists near major streets that provide direct connections to where people work, shop, recreate and live. They are installed on residential streets with low traffic numbers and accommodate cyclists by discouraging drivers from using the street as a cut-through and from speeding. The SE Spokane project covers the first of 15 new miles of bike boulevards identified by Mayor Sam Adams in his First 100 Days agenda.

Construction began November 16 on a nine-block stretch of SE Spokane, from SE 19th Sixth avenues. “Weather really played a role in the schedule, but our crews have been working hard to make sure this boulevard is finished,” said Kyle Chisek, PBOT project manager. “Maintenance crews just have a few pieces left to install and then they’ll be out of the neighborhood.”

The Mayor and PBOT will be joined by the Sellwood Moreland Improvement League, including President Paul Notti, Portland Parks & Recreation staff from the community center and local businesses owners and residents. Neighbors and SMILE worked with PBOT for two years to get the project built.

“This area will be more appealing and accessible, which will help promote the vitality of local businesses. The bike boulevard will bring even more Portlanders to the local shops, service providers and restaurants in the Sellwood area,” Adams said.

The project includes improved pedestrian crossings, stormwater management, traffic calming, reconfigured stop signs and bicycle parking. The city will be using American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus money to add more pavement markings and signs once the weather gets warm to help cyclists find their way.

More information about the project can be found at www.portlandonline.com/transportation/index.cfm?&c=50516.

More information about the Dec. 19 event can be found at sellwood.org/2009/11/26/spokane-street-bike-ride-celebration-event-dec-12-2009-12pm

Newswire: Portland Police Hand Out Bicycles For Holidays

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News Release from: Portland Police Bureau
PORTLAND POLICE HAND OUT BICYCLES FOR HOLIDAYS
Posted: December 16th, 2009 9:12 AM

On Friday, December 18, 2009, Portland Police Officers will be distributing donated bicycles at Clarendon-Portsmouth Elementary School at 2:00 p.m. Commissioner Dan Salztman will also be there to support the kids and cops as the children receive bicycles donated by community organizer, David Yandell, and NW Natural Gas.

Officers will also be assisting kids with helmet fittings so that everyone can have a safe holiday season.

Officers will be available for media interviews at the school. the school is located at 5103 N. Willis Blvd.

Newswire: FHWA Revises Rules to Make Highways Safer

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[Stay tuned for a Front Page story this within the hour. — Jonathan]

Federal Highway Administration Revises Rules to Make Highways Safer
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Calls Updates Needed and Welcome

WASHINGTON – As part of his continuing effort to improve safety on the nation’s roads and bridges, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today released a comprehensive update to the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). The manual, which has been administered by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) since 1971, sets the standards for road safety throughout the country.

“Safety is this Department’s top priority,” said Secretary LaHood. “These new and updated standards will help make our nation’s roads and bridges safer for drivers, construction workers and pedestrians alike.”

The MUTCD is the national standard for all traffic control devices, including traffic signs, pavement markings, signals and any other devices used to regulate, warn or guide traffic. Ensuring uniformity of traffic control devices across the nation – from their messages and placement to their sizes, shapes and colors – helps to reduce crashes and traffic congestion. This is the first comprehensive update to the manual since 2003.

The MUTCD’s 2009 edition features many new and updated requirements, ranging from changes in highway signs and bike lanes to the color of high-visibility garments worn by road workers. Most changes are a result of extensive research; however, seven changes stem from recommendations from the National Transportation Safety Board. This is the largest number of NTSB recommendations adopted by the MUTCD at one time.

“Adopting the lessons learned in recent years will help make roads safer for everyone,” said Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez.

By requiring better pavement markings which can increase bike lane safety, and extending walk times for pedestrians at crosswalks, the updated MUTCD furthers the “complete streets” concept – an effort long championed by the FHWA to ensure roads accommodate all types of travel, not just automobiles.

Among the other new provisions in the MUTCD:

• Replacing highway signs with brighter, larger and more legible ones that are easier to understand at freeway speeds. States will begin using the newer signs as existing ones wear out.

• Adding different lane markings for lanes that do not continue beyond an intersection or interchange to give drivers more warning that they need to move out of the lane if they don’t intend to turn.

• Expanding the use of flashing yellow arrow signals at some intersections to give a clearer indication that drivers can turn left after yielding to any opposing traffic.

• Changing the formula used to calculate crosswalk times to give walkers more time.

• Identifying electronic toll collection lanes with purple signs – the first time purple has been sanctioned for use on highway signs.

• Adding overhead lane-use control signs to reduce confusion among drivers in unfamiliar multi-lane roadways.

For an overview of the new rules and recommendations, visit http://mutcd.fhwa.dot.gov.

Newswire: PBOT installs four more bike corrals

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December 7, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Dan Anderson
503-823-3723
dan.anderson@ci.portland.or.us

PBOT installs four more bike corrals

The Portland Bureau of Transportation is unveiling four new on-street bike parking corrals today and tomorrow.

PBOT has been working with the business community along Lower East Burnside to increase the amount of bicycle parking for customers. This led to corrals are being installed outside Rontoms, Doug Fir Lounge and Grendel’s Coffee House on East Burnside between SE Sixth and Ninth avenues.

The fourth bicycle corral is located off the Spokane Street bike boulevard outside of Bertie Lou’s Cafe at SE Spokane and SE 17th. The Spokane Street bike boulevard is currently under construction.

With the completion of these four facilities, the City of Portland now boasts a total of 40 on-street corrals that provide 790 bicycle parking spaces.

All on-street bike corrals are installed with the support and approval of the adjacent business and property owners. More information about PBOT’s On-Street Bike Parking Corrals can be found online.

Newswire: Clydesdale Cyclocross Champion of the Universe Will Be Chosen in Bend

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The Knights of the Cross Crusade Have Spoken

The Clydesdale Cyclocross Champion of the Universe Will Be Chosen in Bend, Oregon on December 12, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 24, 2009

Contact:
Brad Ross, Dungeon Master, Cyclocross Crusade, (503) 806-6943

(Portland, Oregon) – The Knights of the Cross Crusade have spoken, therefore let it be known that on the second Saturday of the twelfth month of the year 2009, a Clydesdale Cyclocross Champion of the Universe will be chosen in Bend, Oregon.

Cyclocross gladiators weighing 200 pounds (1.428 Contadors) or more, and Athenas, female gladiators weighing 160 pounds (1.142 Contadors), or more, are eligible to enter the ring of battle.

This quest for the first ever Universal Champion of big-boned cyclocross warriors is being heralded as the most prestigious honor ever bestowed in our cycling galaxy. The ceremony will commence at 8PM at the Deschutes Brewery Warehouse during the not-to-be-missed Giant Warehouse Party being hosted by Giant Bicycles and Deschutes Brewery, on the Saturday night of the 2009 USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships.

By the power and creed of the Black Knight of the Cross Crusade, the rules of combat have been fortified: there will be no pit, costumes are encouraged, the Last Regiment of Syncopated Drummers will be on hand to add to the pomp, and no form of seriousness will be tolerated. Furthermore and heretofore, call-ups will be based on weight in descending order, with the heaviest racers starting first. All warriors will be weighed at registration. The first three finishers will be scored. All others will finish in the herd.

There will be a $15 entry fee that will cover your race fee and your first beer at the party immediately following the race. OBRA licenses will be required. One day OBRA licenses will be provided at no cost to racers who do not have an annual OBRA license.

The race course will be dimly lit and headlights and headlamps are highly recommended. Race duration will be 30 minutes and will take place on one-half of the National Championship Course.

Registration starts at 7:30PM at the Deschutes Brewery Warehouse. The party starts at 8PM. The race will start at 9PM.

In addition to being awarded with the first ever Champion of the Universe jersey, the crowned Clydesdale Champion will be showered with unspeakable riches, including a season pass to the Frite Cart at the 2010 Cyclocross Crusade.

Newswire: PPB Needs Help Locating Girls Stolen Bike

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Stolen trike similar to this one.

News Release from: Portland Police Bureau
PPB Needs Help In Locating Girls Stolen Bike
Posted: November 16th, 2009 10:08 AM

Portland Police Officers from East Precinct are asking for the public’s help in locating an adult tricycle that was stolen from two 13-year-old autistic girls. The bike was donated to the girls by OHSU personnel as part of a grant that donates to developmentally challenged children. The tricycle is very special to the twin girls and is something the family could not afford to buy on their own.

The all red bike was stolen from the family’s outdoor shed in the area of the 8900 Block of Southeast Stephens Street on November 14th or November 15th. The trike is similar to a Tri-Star brand adult three wheeled bike but the actual brand is unknown at this time. A similar tricycle can be viewed at www.cyclesportsandfitness.com/images/Tristar-red-LG.jpg.

The family is available for interviews. Anyone interested in this story can contact the Portland police PIO for contact information.

Contact Info: PIO Contact Name: Detective Mary Wheat
Email Address: mwheat@portlandpolice.org
Phone Number: 503-823-0010
Pager Number: 503-790-1779

Newswire: Gordon Price Coming to Portland

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On Thursday 11/19, Gordon Price will give a free presentation on the effective integration of transportation in high-density environments with an emphasis on land use. If you’ve seen Price speak before, fear not! He always has a new presentation and a trick or two up his sleeve…

Price is a former City of Vancouver, B.C. Councilor and current Simon Fraser University and University of British Columbia Professor who teaches, researches, and writes extensively on urban development and planning.

To learn more about Price check out his electronic magazine, Price Tags or his daily blog on Vancouver and worldwide urban affairs.

    What: Gordon Price Presentation
    When: Thursday 11/19, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
    Where: Portland Building, 1120 SW 5th Ave, 2nd Floor Auditorium
    Cost: Free and Open to the Public

Questions?
Contact: Scott Cohen
City of Portland Office of Transportation
scott.cohen@pdxtrans.org
(503) 823-5345

Newswire: Oregon Scenic Bikeways program now on the road

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Oregon Parks and Recreation Department

Nov. 3, 2009

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Alexandra Phillips
OPRD Bicycle Recreation Coordinator
503-986-0631

Oregon Scenic Bikeways program now on the road
Online handbook tells how to nominate routes for designation

Oregon bicycle riders can now nominate their favorite routes for consideration as State Scenic Bikeways.

Such designated bikeways would follow roads and bicycle paths that connect riders with outstanding scenic, historic and natural settings. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) will accept nominations through Jan. 31, 2010, and annually from Nov. 1-Jan. 31 thereafter.

OPRD’s state bicycle coordinator, Alexandra Phillips, says anyone can propose a route for designation according to Oregon Administrative Rule guidelines. “The program is designed as a grassroots effort,” she said. “Nominations will need to come from local proponents.”

An Oregon Scenic Bikeways handbook now online at www.oregonscenicbikeways.org gives a step-by-step designation process and provides instructions and forms for nominators. The nominations will be considered by the Oregon Scenic Bikeway Committee, an advisory group that will recommend scenic bikeway designations to the OPRD director. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission must give final approvals.

“The committee will be looking for proposed routes that offer thetotal experience of sights, sounds, smells, tastes and feelings of landscapes that you can have traveling at the pace of a bicycle,” said
Phillips. “We hope to find the bikeways that offer the best rides in the state.”

According to Phillips, the Oregon program is the first state government-sanctioned scenic bikeway designation process in the nation. The program is a partnership between Cycle Oregon, Travel Oregon, the Oregon Department of Transportation and OPRD.

The Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway, which was developed as a 2005 pilot project by the partnership, serves as a prototype for the program. The Willamette Valley route has been officially recognized as Oregon’s first state scenic bikeway.

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Alexandra Phillips
Bicycle Recreation Coordinator
Oregon Parks & Recreation Department
www.oregonscenicbikeways.org
725 Summer Street NE, Ste. C
Salem, OR 97301-0792
phone: (503)986-0631
cell phone: (503) 480-9092
fax: (503) 986-0792