Better Block PDX is grateful for the incredible support from our local Portland community, both from it’s residents, leaders and institutions. As our city continues in growth we feel empowered to shape it’s future and encourage your participation in setting a leading example for public engagement in urban design innovation.
Better Naito is our first project to see its second season. This years flame is carried forth by the summer festivals, who value your safety and patronage. Thank you!
In case you had not heard the bigger and Better Naito news, here is a list of media coverage for Better Naito’s re-opening. Have more to add to this list or want to get involved in this year’s cone deployment? Email us at BetterBlockPDX@gmail.com
4/26 Bike Portland: City brings back “Better Naito” for three months starting in May
4/26 The Portland Mercury: Naito Parkway is Going to Get a LOT More People-Friendly for Three Months This Summer
4/26 Portland Business Journal: Naito Parkway to again close during Waterfront festival season
4/27 1190 KEX: Better Naito is Back in Portland for Three Months
4/27 KOIN 6: ‘Better Naito’ back, and better, says city
KATU: “Pedestrians are the priority”
Follow Better Naito on Twitter using the hashtag #betternaito: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23betternaito&src=typd
Also, this year comes with a new web address: www.betternaito.com
Throughout Better Naito, the Portland Bureau of Transportation gathered data by field observations from volunteers as well as Bluetooth, video, and manual counts.
971 people used the #BetterNaito hashtag to voice their opinion publicly. This live feedback was groundbreaking in monitoring the success and use of our bicycle and pedestrian lane.
In addition, we gathered numbers with tube counters. Below, changes in commute pattern represent the amount of cyclists channeled away from pedestrian areas in the Tom McCall Waterfront Park.
AVERAGE PERCENT CHANGE:
AM Peak 16.8%
PM Peak 31.5%
“Without BN” counts – Wed/Thurs, July 15th and 16th
“With BN” counts – Wed/Thurs, July 22nd and 23rd
The number of cyclists is the average of the two days for each set of numbers (with and without BN). Counts are taken from the tube counters located at SW Naito and Salmon Ave.
Better Block PDX was chosen among 5 finalists to present at the Hatch Soup IV micro-grant fundraiser on August 30th. Better Block PDX will pitch an outdoor seating “Parklet Kit” used by communities during temporary roadway and plaza installations.
Tickets are available at HatchOregon.org. You may know Hatch (formerly Springboard Innovation) as the organization responsible with passing this years Community Public Offering Law, a type of crowd-funding for small business.
Marrow, Auzoud, Spare Change PDX, and Member’s Media are the other fine organizations drinking soup with us at the event.
Better Block PDX creates street re-imagination pilot projects that re-purpose the public right of way to include people as part of the engineering equation. Experiencing the city in attractive, engaging new ways has prompted momentum for urban livability improvements from city and community stakeholders.
The Better Naito Pilot Project was such a success that PBOT and the Oregon Brewers Festival have asked us to do it again! This project will help keep the 85,000 people who come to the Brew Fest, and the people who live, work, and commute downtown safe!
Our team of engineers and volunteers used the feedback from the Pilot Project to design an even BETTER Better Naito for the Brew Fest. The project starts Tuesday July 21st at 6 pm and runs until Monday July 27th until 6 pm. It stretches from SW Salmon all the way to SW Ankeny. The bike lane will be two-way the whole time, and there will be seating too! Check out this article on Bike Portland about our work.
Once again we’ll need your help to get set up! If you’re interested in helping sign up HERE!
A sincere thank you to all the volunteers who turned out early (very early) this morning to set up Better Naito!
A group of the Better Naito set up volunteers