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Speed limit lowered to 30 mph on Powell Blvd

At the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s request, the Oregon Department of Transportation has updated the speed limit on SE Powell Boulevard. The new speed limit is 30 mph from 400 feet west of 7th Avenue to 174th Avenue. The City’s map of speed limits will be updated soon to show this new speed limit.

The reduced speed limit supports the City of Portland’s Vision Zero goal to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries. Speed is a factor in nearly half of deadly crashes that occur in Portland. Lower speeds result in fewer crashes. When crashes occur, lower speeds make it more likely that people will survive (see image below).

If you have questions or concerns about this change, please contact PBOT at or at (503) 823-5831.

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Public comment and training opportunities

Check out these opportunities to provide your feedback on railroad and air quality rules. There’s also an opportunity to apply for land use & transportation training. Read on for details!

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Weekend events: Groceries 4 Grout back-to-school drive and a Pedalpalooza ride

Saturday: Groceries 4 Grout back-to-school drive

Come support our families and kids in all different ways! Bring food and hygiene items for those in need, and also let’s celebrate back to school in person this year by bringing much-needed school supplies! You can also bring your redeemable bottles and cans for the Friends of Brooklyn Park Summer Youth Park Program.

More details on the drive event page.

Sunday: ESJ Pedalpalooza ride

The Equity & Social Justice Committee is hosting a queer & BIPoC organized mural viewing — this is inclusive of all paces of riders with an emphasis on whatever feels comfortable for you. This ride through inner SE Portland is 5 miles long and visits about 15 murals ending at Portland Cà Phê for drinks and to see Andy Chiu’s “Vietnam” mural inside. We think the loop will take 1 1/2 to 2 hours. We will of course be following current public health guidelines.

More details on the ride event page.

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Bring Biketown stations to Brooklyn

Biketown is Portland’s bikeshare system. Brooklyn is in the Biketown service area, but doesn’t have any stations. This makes it less likely to find a bike in the neighborhood, and it also costs extra to lock up a bike somewhere other than a station. The current stations are as much as a mile away from some parts of the neighborhood, and often require a difficult crossing of a busy street like Powell.

The City currently is running a survey asking where to place new stations. We could definitely use some in the neighborhood! Take the survey and tell them where you’d like them to place the new stations.

The Brooklyn Land Use & Transportation Committee helped identify 3 locations for stations that would improve bikeshare access for the whole neighborhood:

  • SE 17th Ave & Mall St
  • SE Milwaukie Ave & Pershing St
  • SE Lafayette St & 21st Ave

You can submit up to 5 locations in the survey. Let the city know what you think!

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Gideon Overcrossing now open

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) announced today that the Gideon Overcrossing is now open.

The Gideon Overcrossing is a bike and pedestrian bridge that provides a new north–south connection above the rail tracks near the Clinton St / SE 12th Ave MAX Station. It spans from SE 13th Place at Gideon Street on the south side to SE 14th Avenue on the north.

Street map displaying location of Gideon Overcrossing
Location of new Gideon Overcrossing bike and pedestrian bridge

This new bridge provides an alternative to the at-grade crossing at SE Milwaukie/11th/12th Avenues, especially when trains are blocking the intersection. For more details, check out the PBOT press release.

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Tell City Council to support river access for Brooklyn

The River Plan / South Reach project is the City of Portland’s 20-year plan for the portion of the river that flows through Brooklyn. But even though Brooklyn is bordered by the Willamette River, there is no way to access the river directly from the neighborhood. (For more background on the issue, see our River Access action page.)

We thank everyone for the comments you’ve already shared on this topic, and we encourage you to also share your own comments directly with Council! If you’d like the City to do more to re-establish river access, now is the time to tell them.

City Council will consider the River Plan / South Reach for adoption at the November 4, 2020 council hearing at 2:00 PM. If you’d like to testify via computer or phone, sign up by 3:00 PM on November 3. You can also submit written comments to The River Plan is agenda item 889.

The Brooklyn Action Corps will be testifying that the proposed plan doesn’t go far enough — it only proposes a “6 to 20 year” timeline for actions related to studying and re-establishing access. We believe that the plan should move those actions up to the “next 5 years” timeframe.

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Brooklyn Neighborhood Trains Quiet Zone Update

The Brooklyn and Hosford-Abernethy Neighborhood Associations wish to share the good news that a commitment to the pursuing a Quiet Zone is clearly spelled out in TriMet’s Conceptual Design Report. See the report at:

Portland-Milwaulkie Light Rail Conceptual Design Report – index to the full report

View the Conceptual Design Report

Clinton Street, Rhine Street and Holgate Boulevard station areas

System Elements and Preliminary Engineering Recommendations

– see page 8 and 9, Quiet Zone

Feel free to attend a Light Rail Open House to learn more about plans for your neighborhood, and to thank TriMet and City stakeholders for taking our concerns to heart. The meeting notices are in the calendar to the left of this post.

Thanks to the Hosford Abernethy Neighborhood Association for this update.

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Upcoming Town Hall with Senator Diane Rosenbaum and others


Please join Senator Diane Rosenbaum, Representative Carolyn Tomei, Multnomah County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury and METRO Councilor Carlotta Collette for a joint town hall meeting.

Topics include current legislative issues, with a special emphasis on the new state transportation package and what it means for the Sellwood Bridge.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

7:00 – 8:30pm
Sellwood SMILE Station


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Please Attend this TriMet SE Corridor Light Rail Open House Tuesday March 10, 5:30-7:30PM

Night BridgeTitle: TriMet Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Open House
Location: St. Philip Neri Church, 2804 SE 16th Ave., Portland
Link out: Click here
Description: Please join us at this open house for a progress report on the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Project. Topics will include the new Willamette River transit bridge, engineering, the project timeline and the Final Environmental Impact Statement.

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OREGONIAN: Tualatin May Have to Wait Two Years for MAX Quiet Zone

Wednesday, March 04, 2009
The Oregonian Staff

Tualatin policymakers hope to use federal stimulus money as part of a new and cheaper plan to eventually end the use of train horns by TriMet’s Westside Express Service.

City officials now say they can create a citywide quiet zone for about $2.5 million, half the original budget-busting price tag. But the lower cost comes with fewer safety enhancements, and the horns probably would continue blowing for another two years until improvements are made.