What you need to know
The City of Portland has a draft plan for traffic improvements in the NW District, which they plan to begin implementing in 2020. They’re asking for local businesses, workers and residents to review the plan and provide feedback via an online survey.
Read the complete Draft Plan here.It’s a comprehensive document that includes helpful photos and facts about each aspect of the plan.
Read the condensed plan (and take the feedback survey online) here.NW in Motion’s online open house condenses the full draft plan into about 7 pages of highlights and includes a link to an online survey. Please review and take the survey, so the business community’s voice is heard.
The online survey is open through January 3. So make sure you read the details and take the survey by then.
Let us know your thoughts about the plan. As your local business association, we’re here to represent your interests to the City. Send us your thoughts directly, and we will share them with NW in Motion.
You’re invited to attend the NW Portland Business Association’s Board Meetings. They’re held the first Thursday of the month, 11:30-12:30 p.m., at the Inn @ Northrup Station. Parking and transportation issues are talked about at these meetings, and we frequently have guests from the Portland Bureau of Transportation. Interested in attending? Let us know, and we’ll email you details.
Why this matters to NW Businesses:
NW in Motion has already invited local residents to weigh in on the plan via a series of mailers to the neighborhood. It’s harder to similarly engage businesses via mailers, so they have asked our help in getting the word out to you.
Parking and transportation among the top issues we hear about from our members. Review the plan to see what improvements are proposed near your business.
The proposed improvements will be funded in part from parking meter revenues. The Business Association has a vote on how those funds are used.
Goals of the NW in Motion Plan:
1. Reduce auto traffic congestion in the district.
2. Make walking and biking safer (and more attractive) in the district.
3. Maintain inventory of available on-street parking.
Divert auto through-traffic to the streets along the perimeter of the district. Perhaps one of the biggest changes in the plan is connecting NW 25th to NW Westover, so that through-traffic can move along that street instead of crowding NW 23rd and NW 21st.
Designate certain streets as biking- and pedestrian-friendly “greenways.” Traffic diverters would be used to reduce car traffic on proposed Greenway Streets Johnson, Marshall, Pettygrove and Savier. In time, these streets will be known as the primary east-west “biking- and walking-friendly” streets in the district… while Northrup, Lovejoy, Glisan and Everett are primary east-west auto routes. NW 24 th would be designated a primary north-south Greenway, and NW 25 th as a primary north-south auto route.
Use curb extensions for crosswalks and bus stops to make public transit safer and more attractive. Other districts in the city (such as Hawthorne) have already implemented curb extensions to reduce the distance pedestrians must walk to cross streets or hop on the bus, making walking and public transport more attractive. Similar improvements are proposed throughout the NW district.
Resurface NW 23rd Avenue. This project will require significant funding (upwards of $10 million), so it will be several years before this work begins…. and likely will require a combination of parking revenue, city money and private fundraising in order to happen. For now, it is on the longer-term horizon for the NW in Motion Plan.
Focus first on low-cost improvements.Crosswalk and bike lane painting will come first, before more expensive work, such as concrete for curb extensions, etc.
Make these changes with minimal loss of on-street parking.The plan does call for a net reduction in on-street parking of 40-50 spaces, primarily due to curb extensions (earlier drafts of the plan projected losses of as many as 1,000 parking spaces; NW in Motion has since worked hard to sacrifice as few parking spaces as possible). Review the plan to see where the net losses will occur.
The plan notes other desired improvements that will make NW Portland more attractive to street shopping: Improved lighting, more street-side retail seating and more bike parking options are all highlighted in the draft plan.
Take action now:
Share your thoughts with us. We’re here to represent local businesses on these important issues. Reach out with feedback, questions or concerns and we will carry your voice to the city.
Encourage others to take the survey. Share this email with colleagues, employees, and others who may be impacted by the proposed plan. That way, NW in Motion can receive important feedback from the widest possible constituent base.
Are Parking and Transportation issues important to you?
We’re looking for someone to serve as the Business Association’s member on the local SAC committee. Weigh in on important parking and traffic issues that impact NW businesses and have a hand in how NW parking revenues get spent. Reach out for more information about this position.