safe streets initiative

PBOT sees business in the streets as key to economic recovery

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) 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

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) 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

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) 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?

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) 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

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) 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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How Portland can make its ‘Slow Streets’ plan work

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on May 7th, 2020 at 8:32 am

Let’s keep the barricades in the lane.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

This morning the Portland Bureau of Transportation has invited media to a launch of the first installation of a traffic diverter as part of their “Slow Streets Safe Streets” initiative.

In the coming days and weeks PBOT plans to place signs and barricades at 100 locations citywide. Before we embark on this exciting traffic calming and open streets experiment, I want to share a few thoughts about what we can do to make sure it’s a success.

Address equity issues
There’s a large schism happening in the active transportation world around equity. Some people are worried these pandemic-related responses do not fully acknowledge historical and current systemic racism and that they ignore the lived experiences of low-wage earners, people of color, and other vulnerable populations. They have very valid points. Others are frustrated that the word “equity” has paralyzed cities from taking actions needed to reclaim street space and create safer conditions. [Read more…]

PBOT releases locations of first 100 temporary ‘Slow Streets’ barricades

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on May 1st, 2020 at 4:57 pm

Red dots are where barricades will go. View map here.

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Everything you need to know about Portland’s new ‘Slow Streets’ plan

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on April 29th, 2020 at 1:07 pm

(Slides shared by a PBOT planner at the Bicycle Advisory Committee meeting last night.)[Read more…]

Portland launches 100-mile ‘Slow Streets Safe Streets’ COVID-19 response effort

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on April 28th, 2020 at 1:49 pm

More space on busy streets is part of a three-pronged strategy.

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