On April 28th, 2020 Commissioner Eudaly announced the Slow Streets | Safe Streets initiative to reconfigure streets to support physical distancing, address increased movement, and support the City of Portland’s re-opening process.
The first step of this initiative focuses on neighborhood greenways—PBOT is installing temporary barricades to either close certain streets to all but local traffic or to slow traffic where a full closure is not feasible. The bureau will also install signage to alert drivers to the presence and priority of people walking and biking on the greenways.
PBOT has identified a first set of 100 neighborhood greenway sections that we will put treatments next week (starting May 7th, 2020)—these are locations where greenways intersect with busy streets and have historic high traffic volumes.
Note: the dots on the map indicate where a location will be treated with temporary barricades and signage. Additional signage will be placed throughout the neighborhood greenway network.
Click here to view a spreadsheet with the full list of locations that will have Slow Streets | Safe Streets temporary barricades and signage installed next week:
Below is an example of Slow Streets | Safe Streets greenway awareness signage—translated versions of the signage are in progress and will be available next week:
Below is a set of Slow Streets | Safe Streets neighborhood greenway treatment examples:
In the coming weeks, PBOT will hold a series of digital meetings with community, business, and neighborhood groups to collect input on how our streets can best serve all Portlanders both during and after this public health crisis. If members of the public have suggestions for locations where street improvements could support safe physical distancing, please contact PBOT at 503-823-SAFE or email: email@example.com.