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The Slow Streets/Safe Streets program announced last week is intended to create more space for social distancing

COURTESY PBOT - The interactive map posted by the Portland Bureau of Transportation that shows where motor vehicle traffic will be restricted on neighborhood greeway streets.Starting this week, motor vehicle access to neighborhood greenway streets in Portland will be limited to create more room for social distancing between pedestrians and bicyclists.

Transportation Commissioner Chloe Eudaly's office announced the Slow Streets/Safe Streets program last week. Barrels and signs will be installed at the first intersection by the Portland Bureau of Transportation this Thursday, May 7.

"Commissioner Eudaly and PBOT have been discussing the issue of safe social distancing on streets for over a month at this point — this particular effort has been in the works for the last several weeks," said Eudaly aide Margaux Weeke.

The first location was not immediately announced.

A network of neighborhood greenway streets with lower motor vehicles have already been designated by the Portland Bureau of Transportation. The designation is intended to encourage bicyclists to use them instead of busier streets.

Now PBOT says it has identified the first set of 100 greenway sections where the barrels and signs will be installed. They are locations where greenways intersect with busy streets and have historic high traffic volumes.

The bureau has also released an interactive map of the locations in various parts of town.

"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," the bureau said in an online announcement Friday, May 1.

COURTESY PBOT - An illustration of how access will be restricted to an intersection.

The online announcement also included examples of how barrels will restrict different kind of intersections and the signs that will also be installed.

PBOT said it will also 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, they are asked to contact PBOT at 503-823-SAFE or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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