Residential Speed Limit Reduction Proposal

From Portland Bureau of Transportation:

Portland City Council will consider a proposal on January 17, 2018, to reduce the speed limit on all residential streets to 20 miles per hour. If the ordinance passes, the Portland Bureau of Transportation will begin updating speed limit signs in February and expects to complete the process by April 1, 2018.

Residential streets make up around 70 percent of Portland’s street network and a large proportion of the city’s total public space. Reducing residential speeds is part of a broader citywide effort to support safe driving speeds on many types of streets.

20 mph speed limit would support safety

Most residential streets in Portland are narrow, have few marked crosswalks, and no bike lanes; given the tight space and lack of protection for people walking, using mobility devices, and biking, it is important that people drive slowly on residential streets.

The proposed 20 mph speed limit is part of Portland’s Vision Zero work to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries. Slower driving speeds help prevent crashes and, when crashes occur, reduce the harm that results. A pedestrian hit by a driver at 25 mph is nearly twice as likely to die compared to someone hit at 20 mph (AAA, 2011/2013, Impact Speed and a Pedestrian’s Risk of Severe Injury or Death).

Sign installation would start in February

If Portland City Council approves the new residential speed limit, PBOT will adjust speed limit signage beginning in February 2018 and continue through March. PBOT would double the number of residential speed limit signs, installing approximately 2,000 across the city. At some locations, existing signs would be relocated to maximize their effectiveness.

As is the case today, not every residential street would have a speed limit sign, but the 20 mph speed limit would be in effect on all residential streets.

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Errol Heights Online Survey – 3 Days Left!

From PBOT:

Do you support a shared street design or a sidewalk on one side of the street?

The biggest design question that we are currently working through is whether to advance the design with a shared-street concept or to include a sidewalk on one side. This design applies to 48th, 49th, 51st, Tenino Drive, and Nehalem. The rest of the streets in the project area require sidewalks. Several people used our yellow and red dot map at the open house to indicate their preference, and we’d like to hear from everyone else.

To help inform the decision, we have put together an info sheet about both designs available for download here.

If you haven’t already, please take a few minutes to fill out our brief survey by January 5, 2018.
Take the survey >>

This feedback will directly influence the final design for SE 48th, 49th, 51st, Tenino Drive, and Nehalem St.

Next steps

  • Property owners fill out online survey stating preference for a shared street or sidewalk on one side design by January 5th, 2018
  • PBOT analyzes feedback and makes final design decision by the end of January 2018
  • LID meetings scheduled for February and March – more information forthcoming

Contact us via email with questions in the meantime.

Alert: PBOT prepares for possible flooding on Johnson Creek

Potential for limited flooding along Johnson Creek between 10:00 p.m. tonight through the evening of Friday, December 29.

(Dec. 28, 2017) The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) warns the traveling public that the potential for heavy rain, combined with melting snow, could cause limited flooding along Johnson Creek between 10:00 p.m. tonight through the evening of Friday, December 29.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for portions of Northwest Oregon and southwest Washington, including Johnson Creek. A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts.

To help residents and business owners prepare for a flood emergency, PBOT makes free sand and sandbags available at no charge to anyone who wants to use them to protect their property from flood damage. No shovels are provided, so the public must bring their own. The sandbag sites are located at:

  • SE 88th Avenue just south of Holgate Boulevard in the parking lot at Lents Park. Enter parking lot at the bottom of the hill, and follow one-way traffic to the sand pile at the exit on the east side of SE 88th;
  • SE 111th Avenue and Harold Street at the southeast corner of the intersection; and
  • SW 42nd Avenue and Vermont Street in the lower parking lot of Gabriel Park; enter Gabriel Park from Vermont.

Location details for the three City-operated sandbag sites can also be found at http://bit.ly/pdxsand.

In the event of flooding, PBOT is prepared to close travel lanes and/or streets.

Should streets need to be closed, PBOT asks the traveling public to obey all road closed signs. Do not move them or drive around them. The roads have been closed because of hazardous conditions. If drivers ignore the signs, they are potentially putting themselves, other travelers and PBOT crews at risk.

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The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is the steward of the City’s transportation system, and a community partner in shaping a livable city. We plan, build, manage and maintain an effective and safe transportation system that provides access and mobility. Learn more at www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation

PBOT Disability Parking Survey

PBOT is evaluating disability parking spaces in metered areas in an effort to improve access and provide an easier parking experience for those with disabilities. The information they are interested in learning relates to the current use of the existing disability parking spaces and desired new/re-allocated locations. Please help by providing your feedback in their Disability Parking Survey.

Community Members Asked to Share Stories on Impact of Winter Weather for Accessibility

Share YOUR story of navigating Portland’s Ice and Snow

As the winter weather approaches, the Disability Program is partnering with the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) to encourage community members and businesses to clear their icy and snowy pathways. To do this, we’re asking for community members who would be willing to share their stories on how lingering snow and ice impact the accessibility, livability, and safety of Winter Portland.

We hope to share these stories as part of PBOT’s Winter Weather Tips and other winter-weather features.

If you’d like to share your story, please contact Joanne at joanne.johnson@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-9970.

All Portlanders need to understand the vital role everyone has in creating a safe, accessible and mobile Portland this Winter. If you’d like to be part of moving Portland beyond “It Will Melt” and change the way Portland handles snow and ice, please get in touch!

Apply to Serve on PBOTs Towing Board of Review!

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is seeking three volunteer members to represent the community at large who are affected by towing services throughout the City. This is a unique opportunity to influence towing operations to better serve Portland residents. Your input and insight into Portland’s towing industry will help ensure that Portland’s evolving market operates safely, fairly, and efficiently.

The Towing and Private Property Impound (PPI) Program promotes public safety and convenience by ensuring that municipal and private property contract towers are providing vehicle towing and storage services in a timely, courteous, safe, and professional manner. Established in City Code Chapter 3.98, the Towing Board of Review oversees and monitors the performance of Tow Contractors and the Tow Desk (tow truck dispatch service).

Members are confirmed by the City Council and serve for a period of two years.

Upcoming issues include renewal of the City’s Towing Contract and the implementation of a new towing dispatch software system.

Apply to become a member of the Towing Board of Review! Completed applications are due by Friday, December 1, 2017. Selected applicants will be invited to meet with the tow program contact prior to the next Board meeting.

Click here to apply: https://goo.gl/forms/R9oWGQRFG1Mg2FJJ2

Want more information? Learn more at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/29980.Contact Patrick Kramer at Patrick.Kramer@portlandoregon.gov or 503-865-2489.