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News Blog: Open Now: Central City in Motion online open house launches today

Open house is first in series of opportunities for public feedback as PBOT develops plan for strategic transportation investments in Portland’s Central City

Central City in Motion Online Open House Walking Map

The Central City in Motion project's first online open house uses an interactive mapping tool to let visitors identify and comment on priorities and challenges specific to pedestrian crossings, potential bikeways, and transit priority improvements.


(March 19, 2018) We want to hear from anyone who lives, works or visits Portland's Central City. Do you visit on the weekends? Are you a swing-shift commuter?  Do you run, walk, bike or roll through the Central City on your way to Waterfront Park or the Eastside Esplanade? Do you take the Streetcar to visit the Art Museum once a month? Do you ride the bus every morning to your workplace downtown? Your feedback and ideas from the online open house will help PBOT's Central City in Motion project team better understand community needs and interests and identify projects to include in the plan. 

Join us in our first online open house to learn more about the project and to share your thoughts on the proposed improvements, including pedestrian crossings and ADA-compliant ramps, transit priority improvements, and a functional low-stress bike network. A total of three online open houses will be used to better understand the challenges and opportunities for multimodal investments to improve safety, reliability, and equity of transportation infrastructure in the Central City. 

This first online open house uses an interactive mapping tool to let visitors identify and comment on priorities and challenges specific to pedestrian crossings, potential bikeways, and transit priority improvements. In addition, a brief survey provides an opportunity to share more detailed information on how, when and why people travel in the Central City, an area including downtown Portland, stretching from the West Hills to SE 12th Avenue, and from the Lloyd and Pearl districts to South Waterfront.

In addition to online engagement, PBOT has convened a Sounding Board   to include a broad set of community and business perspectives in the project.  

Sounding Board member Peter Andrews, of Melvin Mark Company shared, “I’m pleased to be part of this effort to shape the future of transportation in our Central City. I appreciate PBOT’s commitment to engaging as many people as possible in this effort and I look forward to hearing from my fellow Portlanders.”  

With the assistance of Sounding Board members, PBOT is also convening focus groups and targeted surveys with residents at Central City Concern properties, members of the disability community, and hotel and service workers to better understand the varied needs of Portlanders who live and travel in the Central City. 

The goal is to make the entire street system in the Central City work better, providing more predictable travel times for businesses and residents. A cultural and economic hub for the state, Portland’s Central City is growing rapidly. By 2035, the Central City’s population is projected to triple and the number of jobs area will increase by 40 percent. As the Central City and our economy grows, more people and businesses are using our existing streets, sidewalks and transit systems. To accommodate more users on our existing street system in a way that provides affordable transportation options, we need to invest in the Central City’s transportation network. 

To learn more about the Central City in Motion project and to tell us what you need in the Central City, please visit the online open house at:

Sign up for updates about the Central City in Motion project at   

Are you part of an organization, group or business that has a stake in the Central City? If so, we'd be interested in sharing more information about the project at your next meeting.

To discuss more, please contact: 

Gabe Graff, Project Manager 


phone: 503-823-5291 

News Release: PBOT, Portland Police Bureau encourage Portlanders to take a Safe Ride Home on St. Patrick's Day

City program offers discounted travel options for St. Patrick's Day this Saturday, March 17.

(March 14, 2018) The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) will offer discounted taxi, Lyft and Uber rides on Saturday as part of it's Safe Ride Home program for Portlanders celebrating St. Patrick's Day. The Safe Ride Home initiative makes it easy to celebrate responsibly by providing Portlanders with discounted travel options.

safe ride home coupon

The Safe Ride Home program is offering people the following discounted and inexpensive travel options this Saturday, March 17 for St. Patrick's Day:

  • Up to $20 savings on taxi rides with Radio Cab, Broadway Cab, Union Cab, New Rose City Cab, New Green Cab, PDX Yellow Cab and United Independent Cab. Coupons will be available for pickup on St. Patrick's Day from participating businesses and Portland Police Bureau officers in the Central City.
  • A $5 savings on rides with Lyft and Uber. Riders can access the discount by entering a promo code into their apps. For Lyft, use promo code SAFERIDEHOME. For Uber, use promo code SAFERIDEPDX. Promo codes will be available beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 17 through 4 a.m. on Sunday, March 18.
  • Take TriMet (only $2.50 for an adult pass for the bus or MAX) or Portland Streetcar ($2.00 for an adult pass).

Impaired driving is a major contributor to death and injury on Portland streets. More than half of deadly crashes in Portland involve people who are intoxicated. Safe Ride Home helps to achieve the City of Portland’s Vision Zero Action Plan’s goal of launching initiatives to reduce impaired driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), during the 2016 St. Patrick’s Day holiday period, almost two-fifths (39%) of all motor vehicle crash fatalities in the United States involved drunk driving. This is the second Safe Ride Home holiday offer from PBOT, the first was on New Year's Eve, Dec. 31, 2017.

"After such a successful Safe Ride Home program on New Year's, with over 2,500 people choosing a safe ride, I'm thrilled that we are bringing back our safe ride offerings for Portlanders on St. Patrick's Day," said Transportation Director Leah Treat. "Over 50 percent of deadly crashes in Portland involve people who are impaired. As we continue our Vision Zero efforts, we are working to make our roads safer for all users. Thanks to our private for-hire ride fee, we will continue to fund this important initiative."

The Safe Ride Home program is a partnership between PBOT, the Portland Police Bureau, TriMet, Old Town Hospitality Group, and Portland cab companies Radio Cab, Broadway Cab, New Rose City Cab, New Green Cab, PDX Yellow Cab and United Independent Cab, as well as transportation network companies Lyft and Uber. The program is funded by a 50-cent fee charged for every taxi and TNC ride in Portland. The fee also covers safety inspections and helps defray the cost of rides for people with disabilities.

People can RSVP to Safe Ride Home on Facebook at

Learn more about the City of Portland’s Vision Zero program at

Vision Zero Portland logo

News Blog: Changes to Portland in the Streets program to help Portlanders create and activate unique neighborhood spaces

Council-approved amendments to City code and Administrative Rules make way for new programming this spring and summer.

Emerson Street block party

The 2017 Emerson Street block party, a Portland in the Streets permitted event, featured many local performers participating in games and activities throughout the day. Photo by Nico Lim, Portland Bureau of Transportation

(March 7, 2018) “PBOT prioritizes people by encouraging the use of the right-of-way for community gathering spaces, placemaking and programming.” This policy statement is the essence of PBOT’s Livable Streets Strategy, which was adopted by Portland City Council in October 2017. Since the Livable Streets Strategy’s adoption, the bureau has been working to develop the programs that will put this policy into practice. We call the program Portland in the Streets.

What programs are part of Portland in the Streets? Here’s a quick list:

  • Block Parties - Small scale parties held on residential streets, such as neighborhood potlucks and barbecues that are held by, and for, residents along the street.
  • Community Events - Larger scale events that occur in the public right of way intended to build a sense of community. These events bring people from the entire neighborhood or region and events support and encourage community gatherings and local businesses.
  • Street Paintings - Large format works of art, designed and painted on local streets that build community, empower neighbors to shape their own public realm, create an artistic expression that’s about the people who live nearby, and break down social isolation.
  • Pedestrian Plazas - Long term community placemaking projects within the right-of-way to create open space on underutilized streets, alleys, or other roadways for the public to use and activate.
  • Street Prototyping - Community Initiated projects that test a new street or intersection design concept, and collect data to inform future design decisions.
  • Spaces to Places – These projects turn gravel, dirt and underdeveloped low volume streets or alleyways into places where people want to gather and install amenities desirable to the community.

The sun is out and the weather is warming up. Soon, thousands of people will be using Portland’s streets for all these great programs. So it’s great timing that today, City Council approved changes to City code and Administrative rules that will allow us to ensure the City has consistent rules and processes in place to effectively design, implement, manage, and maintain placemaking and community use activities in the public right of way. These changes will help PBOT create a citywide program that helps community groups create and activate their own spaces that are unique to their own neighborhoods.

Among the changes: 

  • City Code Chapter 17.24 – Permits - Creates a new Portland in the Streets administrative rule to establish a consistent framework for all programs
  • City Code Chapter 17.25 – Sidewalk Cafes - Creates new permit and fee type for Sidewalk Cafés to extend their operations during a Community Event street closure
  • TRN 3.450 – Block Party permit fees going from $10 to zero - Eliminates the fees for the Block Party Program
  • TRN 3.450 – Park(ing) Day permit fee going from $25 to zero - Eliminates the fees for the Park(ing) Day Program

Stay tuned to the Portland in the Streets website ( for more information as we put these changes into practice this spring. We look forward to seeing more of the great creativity, experimentation, innovation and positive energy of Portlanders being applied to our public spaces.

News Release: Better Naito returns for 2018; new report shows almost 400k trips taken by people biking during 2017 season

The project will return for another five-month season, making walking and biking to Waterfront Park events safer from May 1 to September 30, 2018

(March 5, 2018) The countdown to Better Naito 2018 began today with the announcement by the Portland Bureau of Transportation that the project would return for a second full season beginning on May 1 and ending on September 30. The bureau also released its 2017 Better Naito Report, which documents the first iteration of the project by the city, offering in-depth data analyses of travel times, traffic volumes, mode-splits and more.

The project was incredibly popular with people walking and biking. In just one day, over 12,000 people walking used Better Naito to access the Waterfront Blues Fest. What's more, a total of 393,173 one-way trips were taken by people on bikes on Better Naito over the five-month project period. 

Better Naito, which reconfigures Naito Parkway from the Hawthorne Bridge to the Steel Bridge for five months, provides a protected space for people to get to and around Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park during Portland’s busy and popular festival season. 

Consistent with the data collected during Better Naito’s two pilot seasons in 2015 and 2016, the 2017 season had minimal impact on motor vehicle travel times in the corridor. Current observations and analysis found that during peak morning commute hours (7:00-8:00 a.m.), driving times for northbound traffic from SW Clay St to SW Stark St increased by 1 minute 28 seconds. Similarly, the traffic impact for afternoon peak commuters (4:00-5:00 p.m.) was an additional 1 minute and 33 seconds. 

The locally-developed smartphone ride tracking app Ride Report confirms the popularity of Better Naito, showing that people bicycling were twice as likely to ride Better Naito than the Waterfront Trail. Likewise people biking were 3.5 times as likely to ride on Naito Parkway during the Better Naito season than during the off-season. 

For additional information about Better Naito, please visit the project website: Questions, feedback, or concerns? Please email or call (503) 823-4321. 

See you in May! 

Better Naito 2017

Families walk in Better Naito outside the entrance to the Portland Cinco de Mayo Fiesta in May 2017. Photo by Portland Bureau of Transportation.

News Blog: First annual Vision Zero report offers detailed look at street safety efforts


Reports charts progress on 32 action items to make Portland streets safer

(Feb. 27, 2018) A new report describes how the Portland Bureau of Transportation and their partners are working to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries following Portland City Council's adoption of the Vision Zero Action Plan in December 2016.

The Vision Zero Annual Report notes that 2017 was both Portland’s most deadly year for traffic crashes since 2003 and a year of critically important legislative and funding gains in support of traffic safety.

“We knew achieving Vision Zero wasn’t going to be easy," says PBOT Director Leah Treat. "The steps we took in 2017 are setting us on a path for safe streets in Portland, and we remain committed to eliminating traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2025.”

Bandana Shrestha, Community Engagement Director of AARP and a Vision Zero Task Force member, says: “Portland’s streets remain challenging, especially for older adults, who are at a higher risk of dying in a crash. I’m encouraged by the work we’re doing and look forward to the day when our streets are safe for people of all ages, no matter how they choose to get around.”

Among the details in the 2017 Vision Zero Annual Report:

  • Funding: New funding sources, including the 2017 statewide transportation funding package as well as allocation of a portion of Portland’s voter-approved cannabis tax, will expand safety projects and programming on Portland streets
  • Street design: PBOT spent $15.4 million on safety projects on 21 High Crash Network streets and intersections in 2017
  • Distracted driving: House Bill 2597 closes loopholes in Oregon's distracted driving law and increases penalties
  • Speed enforcement: House Bill 2409 allows cities to issue speeding citations using properly equipped red light cameras
  • Speed limits: House Bill 2682 gives the City of Portland authority to reduce residential speed limits to 20 miles per hour
  • Impairment: Through a new Safe Ride Home program, PBOT and partners provided 3,389 coupons for discounts on safe travel options during high-DUII holidays or events in 2017

The Annual Report also summarizes the latest crash data and trends (see excerpts below). Data indicate a continued need to focus on street design, speed, impairment, and other dangerous behaviors such as distracted driving.

Portland’s Vision Zero Action Plan includes 32 two- and five-year actions. Five actions are complete, 15 are on track to be completed by the end of 2018 and 12 require additional effort to launch.


Latest data at-a-glance


Both traffic deaths and serious injuries increased relative to prior year data. Data: Portland Police Bureau (deaths), Oregon Department of Transportation (serious injuries)

Portland traffic deaths by travel option, 2013-2017


More people died in traffic crashes in Portland than in any year since 2003. Data: Portland Police Bureau

Traffic deaths per 100,000 people in the U.S. and Portland, Oregon, 1990-2016


Traffic deaths have increased nationwide since 2010. Data: U.S. Census population estimates v2016, NHTSA FARS 2016

The City of Portland has joined cities around the country in embracing Vision Zero – the notion that the death of even one person on our roads is one too many. Vision Zero prevents traffic deaths through smart policy and system design. Learn more about Vision Zero and Speed Safety Cameras by visiting