City Hall Update: Electric scooters come with warning
The Portland Bureau of Transportation has begun attaching warning labels to the electric scooters available for short-term rental that are popping up around town.
The labels, which are attached by rubber bands, include the rules for riding such scooters in town. They include wearing helmets, yielding to pedestrians, and staying off sidewalks and out of parks.
PBOT has issued the permits to the companies providing the scooters. City officials believe they will reduce congestion and greenhouse gas emissions.
Bureau reassignments take effect
The city bureau reassignments that Mayor Ted Wheeler announced last month take effect today, Sept. 4.
Among the most significant changes, Wheeler reassigned the Bureau of Development Services from Commissioner Chloe Eudaly to himself. Wheeler also split the city's utility bureaus, reassigning the Portland Water Bureau from Commissioner Nick Fish to Commissioner Amanda Fritz, while allowing Fish to retain the Bureau of Environmental Services, which operates the city sewer system and stormwater management system.
Wheeler also transferred the Portland Bureau of Transportation from Commissioner Dan Saltzman to Eudaly. Saltzman chose not to run for re-election this year. And Wheeler transferred Portland Parks & Recreation from Fritz to Fish.
Survey of plastic use launched
The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability has launched an online survey that could be used to shape new city policies to reduce the use and improper disposal of single-use plastics.
Among other things, the survey asks if respondents would support a policy requiring retail food and beverage companies and educational institutions to only supply straws when requested. It also asks about support for a policy requiring them to only provide reusable dishware.
In addition, the survey asks open-ended questions about ideas for reducing the use of plastic straws, cups and to-go containers. To take the survey, go to: surveymonkey.com/r/HDGHTLX.