Category Archives: transportation planning

August 8 KNA Membership Meeting

7th or 9th?

Auto and bike traffic in King Neighborhood is about to undergo a major change – don’t miss your chance to weigh in on what happens!

The Portland Bureau of Transportation is planning a major new Greenway Project right through King.

King Neighborhood Association wants to know which Lloyd-to-Woodlawn bike route that YOU prefer!

Come to KNA’s membership meeting on August 8, 6:30 p.m., at 4815 NE 7th Avenue and make your voice heard!

We’ll be taking a vote on which route to endorse after discussion following a presentation from PBOT’s Nick Falbo.

You can also send your comments and opinion directly to PBOT at: http://openhouse.jla.us.com/lloyd-to-woodlawn-2

Your King Neighborhood Association, July 13

Hello and welcome to YOUR King Neighborhood Association!

Don’t forget our special KNA Board meeting on Wednesday, July 18 at Vanport Square Studio (5229 NE MLK Blvd. Jr., Ste. 102), from 6:30- 8 p.m. We’ll be exploring ways to make the neighborhood association better serve our members and neighbors, so please come and tell us what you’d like! (You can also send your comments to me at margaret@kingneighborhood.org and I’ll see that the rest of the board members see them!

KNA now has a representative to Northeast Coalition of Neighborhood’s Land Use & Transportation Committee! This is yet another way of giving King residents a voice about what happens in our neighborhood.

And speaking of voices, don’t miss the chance to make yourself heard when it comes to environmental and transportation issues affecting King Neighborhood.

The State of Oregon is taking public comment on its new “Cleaner Air Oregon” rules requiring companies to report air toxic emissions. You have until August 6 to submit comments. You can get additional information regarding the rules – and submit your comments about them – at http://cleanerair.oregon.gov .

You can also make your voice heard about Metro’s 2018 regional transportation plan! There are a number of pedestrian crossings and other safety modifications planned for the NE MLK Jr. Blvd Corridor. Tell Metro where and what you want to see done! For additional information, to take a survey and to submit your comments by August 13, go to www.oregonmetro.gov/public-projects/2018-regional-transportation-plan

Finally, take a look at the tentative plans for the Lloyd-to-Woodlawn Neighborhood Greenway for bicycle traffic along either NE 7th or NE 9th avenues. Portland’s Bureau of Transportation is considering building a bicycle commuter trail right through the heart of Irving Park as part of the NE 9th Avenue option. Is that really something we want to do with the limited park space we have here in North/Northeast? You can weigh in on that and PBOT’s other proposals by going to www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/L2W   PBOT’s also holding an open house event on August 1 at Augustana Lutheran Church (2710 NE 14th Avenue) from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Finally, you can make your voice carry even farther by letting us know your opinions on these issues, so that we can add the King Neighborhood Association’s voice to your own!

After all, this is YOUR King Neighborhood Association.

Margaret O’Hartigan, KNA Chair

Portland in the Streets Community Grant Program

The City of Portland is offering a grant program called Portland in the Streets, which is intended to “invest in small-scale community driven projects focused on transportation safety, equity, innovation and placemaking”. KNA would love to hear from the community about how you think our streets could be made safer and more equitable!

Program Priorities

  1. Events in the streets​ encouraging new events in diverse communities.
  2. Creative community infrastructure ​encouraging beautification + livability through permanent infrastructure, public art and short-term demonstration projects.
  3. Innovative community engagement​ encouraging diverse partnerships with existing PBOT programs.
  4. Expanding the urban trails network​ to improve connectivity and usage.
  5. Small scale transportation safety projects ​along or adjacent to Portland’s High Crash Corridors and/or existing capital project

Last day to comment on NE 7th Greenway

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Hi everyone,

First of all, thanks so much for your interest in the potential 7th/9th Neighborhood Greenway project. Your feedback is very helpful to us as we plan our transportation system.

We wanted to let you know about some upcoming opportunities to provide public testimony on various elements of the Transportation System Plan (TSP), which sets the policy foundation for PBOT and helps guide our decisions.

First of all, the TSP Stage 2 Proposed Draft is currently being considered by Portland’s Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC). The PSC will have an opportunity to amend the Proposed Draft before sending it to City Council. While we encourage you to provide public testimony on all parts of the Proposed Draft, the section that is probably most relevant to the 7th/9th discussion is Section 5: Bicycle Classification Maps. These maps show where we have Local Service Bikeway, City Bikeway, and Major City Bikeway classifications that provide a policy basis for emphasizing bicycle travel compared to other modes of travel. If you want to read the descriptions of these classifications, they can be found in Section 4: Bicycle Classifications and Objectives.

We apologize for the late notice, but the public testimony period for the TSP Stage 2 Proposed Draft ends today, March 22nd, 2016, at 9pm, at the end of the PSC Public Hearing. You can testify in several ways before then:

·        U.S. Mail: Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission, TSP Testimony, 1900 SW 4th Ave., Suite 7100, Portland OR 97201 (include full name and mailing address)

·        Email: psc@portlandoregon.gov with subject line “TSP Testimony” (include full name and mailing address)

·        Testify online via the Map App. Bicycle Classifications have been posted to the Map App at www.portlandmaps.com/bps/mapapp. Click on the “comments” form to provide your testimony to the PSC. You can only click on individual street segments to make a comment, but in your comment you can describe the full street section you are commenting on.

·        Testify in person at the PSC public hearing.  You may speak for 2 minutes to the Commission, and your testimony will be added to the public record. The TSP Stage 2 Project Public Hearing is scheduled to be held at: 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500, Portland, OR Tuesday, March 22, 2016; 5:00 – 9:00 PM

The second upcoming opportunity to give public testimony is in regards to the TSP Major Projects List, which is currently before City Council as one element of the 2035 Comprehensive Plan. The Recommended Draft of the TSP Major Projects List contains project #40116, NE 7th/9th Bikeway, with an alignment primarily on NE 9th Ave north of the Lloyd District. In response to public feedback from neighborhood associations and individuals regarding NE 7th Ave, Commissioner Novick has offered an amendment to the TSP Major Projects List that can be found on page 105 of the Council Amendments Report. This amendment would change the project alignment to stay on NE 7th Ave up to Sumner, only then cutting over to NE 9th Ave. If you would like to offer testimony about this proposed amendment (or any other amendments to the TSP or Comp Plan), you can:

·        Testify in person at a City Council public hearing

o   Thursday, April 14th, 6:00 to 9:00 pm, City Council Chambers, City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Ave

o   Wednesday, April 20th, 2:00 to 5:00 pm, City Council Chambers, City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Ave

·        Testify in writing by mail or email directly to members of City Council before April 20th.

o   Contact information can be found here

o   Please copy tsp@portlandoregon.gov on any TSP-related testimony

Thanks again for your interest and engagement in this issue.

Zef Wagner

Associate Planner

Policy, Planning, & Projects Division

Portland Bureau of Transportation

Zef.Wagner@portlandoregon.gov

503-823-7164

Cevero Gonzalez

Constituent Services Coordinator

Portland Bureau of Transportation

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 800

Portland, OR 97204

503.823.5080 Phone

503.823.7609 Fax

Cevero.Gonzalez@portlandoregon.gov

NE Rodney Greenway Project Open House, on April 1st.

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The Portland Bureau of Transportation will be hosting an open house event to finalize the design recommendations for the NE Rodney Neighborhood Greenway Project on:
Wednesday, April 1, ’15
6 – 8 PM
Immaculate Heart Church/ 2926 N Williams Ave
 
 
This will be the second of two open house events to review and comment on proposed improvements needed to make NE Rodney Ave between Broadway and Killingsworth a safe and convenient neighborhood greenway street for bicycles and pedestrians.  Key issues include crossing safety treatments at major arterial crossings, such as NE Fremont and NE Russell, and traffic calming.  The Rodney Greenway Project is funded through a grant received from the Oregon Department of Transportation’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Program in conjunction with the N Williams Traffic Safety Project.
 
Questions:  Please contact Rich Newlands, Project Manager