safe streets initiative

Portland adds space for people on busy streets

Avatar by on August 10th, 2020 at 6:02 pm

Many streets in east Portland have high-stress corners with wide turning radii and narrow sidewalks adjacent to fast-moving traffic. (Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)[Read more…]

New volunteer program aims to recruit ‘Slow Streets Superheros’

Avatar by on July 9th, 2020 at 4:51 pm

(Photo: Axiom Event Productions)

After launching with a bang in early May, we haven’t heard much about the “Slow Streets” portion of the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s Safe Streets Initiative. These are the 120 intersections where PBOT has installed “Local Access Only” and “Go Slow” signs along with barricades in a bid to reduce driving and improve conditions for people who need more space to walk and roll while maintaining a safe distance from each other.

Today a new volunteer program launched that wants to raise the profile of these streets and strengthen the impact of the program. [Read more…]

PBOT’s street dining permit program is a test of antiracist pledge

Avatar by on July 2nd, 2020 at 11:44 am

Article published yesterday by Street Roots.

The current number one priority at Portland’s transportation bureau is a permit program that aims to help restaurants spread into the street so they can serve more people safely. The Healthy Business program is part of a larger Safe Streets Initiative that’s altering public right-of-way to improve safety and create more space for physically-distanced commerce.

By some accounts the program is working well. Since it was launched at the end of May, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) says they’ve issued well over 200 permits so far and rave reviews are coming in for the street dining plazas.

But is the program working for everyone? Are Black-owned businesses getting a fair shot? And is PBOT’s execution of the program living up to their pledge to be antiracist?
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Streets will get makeovers as ‘Healthy Business’ program rolls out

Avatar by on June 18th, 2020 at 2:57 pm

Paddy’s Bar & Grill street plaza plans.

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PBOT releases carfree plaza permit program, new plan to support ‘vision of the future’

Avatar by on May 28th, 2020 at 11:15 am

Detail of PBOT’s “full main street closure” option.

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PBOT sees business in the streets as key to economic recovery

Avatar by on May 22nd, 2020 at 1:52 pm

Detail of in-street dining concept. (Source: PBOT)

“We want to think big about what it means to create plazas to let businesses spill into the streets.”
— Nick Falbo, PBOT senior transportation planner

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Portland’s new business program will permit in-street commerce

Avatar by on May 21st, 2020 at 3:14 pm

“Plans… are in full swing. We are designing a permit process that will allow not just restaurants but bars, retail, and personal service businesses to access the right-of-way.”
— Margaux Weeke, Commissioner Chloe Eudaly’s office

We’ll be seeing more of this soon.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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Business owners can now apply for temporary pick-up/drop-off spaces

Avatar by on May 18th, 2020 at 4:55 pm

PBOT graphic.

Portland Bureau of Transportation Commissioner Chloe Eudaly has announced another element of the Slow Streets Safe Streets initiative.

Business owners can now fill out a short online application to request that space on their block be repurposed from parking to a “temporary 5-minute pickup/drop-off parking space.”

This part of the program was hinted at when it was launched on April 28th. It’s part of a three-pronged approach that aims to change how we use neighborhood greenways, busy streets, and main streets in an era of increased social distancing.[Read more…]

Eyes on the Street: How are ‘Slow Streets’ working?

Avatar by on May 9th, 2020 at 3:34 pm

North Bryant was full of riders today!
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Portland installs first of 100 temporary diverters to tame traffic and create safer streets

Avatar by on May 7th, 2020 at 10:57 am

A bicycle rider enjoys a just-calmed NW Flanders.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

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