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​Phoenix Launches Shared Micromobility Programhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/street-transportation/2634Street Transportation1/20/2023 11:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2634/micromobility program launch event.jpg​Phoenix Launches Shared Micromobility Program<div class="ExternalClassC0D0AEAFFF0C4D0D9EB0D1149FF93540"><html> <p>​​The City of Phoenix launched its permanent Shared Micromobility Program on Friday by hosting a special event in downtown with vendors Lime and Spin. The vendors showcased their inventory of e-scooters, e-bikes, traditional pedal bikes and adaptive bikes to downtown stakeholders and the media.<br></p> <p>Various vendors have operated e-scooters in downtown Phoenix since September 2019 as part of a city-managed pilot program. On December 14, 2022, City Council authorized the Street Transportation Department to finalize an agreement with Lime and Spin to be the official vendors when the pilot program ended. The permanent program began Friday, and starts ahead of​​ an influx of visitors who will enjoy festivities scheduled to be held in downtown in February in conjunction with Super Bowl LVII.<br></p> <p>Each vendor is permitted to deploy as many as 1,500 vehicles within the program boundary area, with at least 20 percent being a mix of e-bikes and traditional pedal bikes. The micromobility​ vehicles will be available to operate from 5 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. daily. <br></p> <p>The vendors will offer options for individuals with disabilities, as well as reduced rates for those living on low income or who receive government assistance. Additionally, the city has designated some areas as Equity Zones, where historical disinvestment has resulted in a lack of transportation and economic opportunity. The vendors will be required to deploy 30 percent of their fleet within Equity Zones. Discounted rates will also automatically apply for trips beginning in Equity Zones.</p> <p>Learn more about the Shared Micromobility Program and view a program boundary and Equity Zones map by visiting <a target="_blank" href="/streets/scooters">Phoenix.gov/Scooters</a>.<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/streetsNewsstreet-transportationStreets
Phoenix Awarded Funding for Bike-to-School and Pedestrian Safety Initiativeshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/street-transportation/2593Street Transportation12/8/2022 11:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2593/CrossingGuard.pngPhoenix Awarded Funding for Bike-to-School and Pedestrian Safety Initiatives<div class="ExternalClass7A06AFF96EC046F399D2C01DB6091C0B"><html> <p> The <a target="_blank" href="https://gohs.az.gov/">Arizona Governor's Office of Highway Safety</a> recently awarded $25,000 to the Phoenix Street Transportation Department to support its on-going bicycle and pedestrian safety programs.<br> </p> <p>The funding will be used to purchase bicycle helmets for students who participate in the city's annual bike-to-school events and LED stop sign paddles for crossing guards stationed at high-traffic locations citywide. These funds will also be used to enhance pedestrian and bicycle awareness through educational materials and a public safety campaign. <br></p> <p>"The safety of the community is a top priority and is an integral part of the city's new Vision Zero Road Safety Action Plan," Pedestrian Safety Coordinator Mailen Pankiewicz said. "We're grateful and excited to receive this support from the Governor's Office of Highway Safety. It will help us continue providing safety awareness and education to all users of Phoenix streets."<br></p> <p>The resources funded by the grant will help to support strategies outlined in the comprehensive Vision Zero Road Safety Action Plan that was unanimously approved by Phoenix City Council in September 2022. That plan will guide the city to a goal of reducing the number of traffic fatalities and serious injuries in Phoenix to zero by 2050, including benchmarks of a 25 percent reduction by 2027 and a 65 percent reduction by 2035. The plan is available at <a target="_blank" href="/streets/roadsafety">Phoenix.gov/RoadSafety</a>.<br></p> <p>The Street Transportation Department also is in the process of developing an Active Transportation Plan, which will establish a framework to improve infrastructure for walking, biking, and using e-scooters and other micromobility devices in Phoenix. A live virtual public meeting was held on December 5, 2022, to discuss the draft plan with the community. Residents can watch a video recording of that meeting, read the draft plan and participate in a survey by visiting <a target="_blank" href="/streets/atp">Phoenix.gov/Streets/ATP</a>. The survey will be open through January 8, 2023. <br></p> <p>Additional resources about bicycle and pedestrian safety guidelines, and programs are available on the Street Transportation Department's <a target="_blank" href="/streets/safety-topics">Safety Topics webpage</a>. ​<br></p> <span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/streetsNewsstreet-transportationStreets
Road Closures Planned for Saturday's APS Electric Light Paradehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/street-transportation/2582Street Transportation11/30/2022 6:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2582/elp image.jpgRoad Closures Planned for Saturday's APS Electric Light Parade<div class="ExternalClassB2A54F90D0354C37BC2421E55EE099D9"><html> <p>The <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/2125">35th Annual APS Electric Light Parade</a> takes to the streets of central Phoenix on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. Residents and attendees should plan ahead for scheduled street closures and vehicle restrictions in the area surrounding the parade route. Parade details and know-before-you-go event information is available at <a target="_blank" href="/parks/elp">Phoenix.gov/ELP</a>.</p><p>The <a target="_blank" href="https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1i-DBP7605LHx4_Z5j42aO7q38jdTqLUT&ll=33.5074240882084%2c-112.07002815000001&z=14">2.3-mile parade route</a> starts at Central Avenue and Montebello Avenue, travels south to Central Avenue and Camelback Road, heads east along Camelback Road to 7th Street, and continues south along 7th Street to its end point at Indian School Road.</p><p><strong>Street closures and restrictions:</strong><br></p><p><strong style="">Public Parking</strong><strong>:</strong> There is no assigned parking for the public during this event. Consider taking <a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/">Valley Metro Light Rail</a> to the event to avoid traffic congestion. The parade route runs near the Light Rail stop at Central Avenue, just south of Camelback Road.</p><p><strong>Phoenix VA Hospital:</strong> Remains open; access is available from Osborn Road northbound on 3rd Street.</p><p><strong>Central Avenue:</strong> Curb lanes restricted from Camelback Road to Bethany Home Road from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.</p><p><strong>Georgia Avenue:</strong> Restrictions from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.</p><p><strong style="color:rgb(255, 0, 0);">All major streets, local streets and driveways will be closed. The following street closures and restrictions will be in effect beginning at 3 p.m., and continue in phases leading up to the parade start time at 7 p.m. Streets will reopen in phases following the event, as parade completion and cleanup allow, until approximately 11 p.m.  </strong></p><p><strong>7th Street:</strong> Curb lanes restricted from Osborn Road to Indian School Road from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.<br></p><p><strong>Central Avenue:</strong> Closure from Bethany Home Road to Mariposa Street; limited to local access at Indian School Road for northbound traffic up to Mariposa Street.</p><p><strong>Camelback Road:</strong> Closure from 3rd Avenue to 8th Place; limited to local access at 7th Avenue for eastbound traffic up to 1st Avenue; limited to local access at 12th Street for westbound traffic up to 8th Street.</p><p><strong>Missouri Avenue:</strong> Closure from 3rd Avenue to 4th Street; limited to local access at 7th Avenue for eastbound traffic up to Central Avenue; limited to local access at 7th Street for westbound traffic to Central Avenue.</p><p><strong>7th Street: </strong>Closure from Colter Street to Osborn Road; limited to local access at Bethany Home Road for southbound traffic up to 300 feet north of Camelback Road.</p><p><strong>Highland Avenue:</strong> Limited to local access at 12th Street for westbound traffic to 8th Street.</p><p><strong>In</strong><strong><strong>d</strong>ian School Road: </strong>Lane restrictions in place early. Closure from 9th Street to Central Avenue starting at 6 p.m. to approximately 11 p.m.; limited to local access at 12th Street for westbound traffic to 9th Street.<br></p><p><strong>4th Street:</strong> Indian School Road to Clarendon Avenue; no parking from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.​<br></p></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/streetsNewsstreet-transportationStreets
City Architect Honored with Medal for Career Achievementhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/street-transportation/2575Street Transportation11/22/2022 5:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2575/gary nelson - aia architects medal (newsroom crop).jpgCity Architect Honored with Medal for Career Achievement<div class="ExternalClassCE8E1B7EBD9F4421B07198AA331190C6"><html> <p>​Gary J. Nelson, an architect who works in Phoenix's Office of the City Engineer, was recently awarded the prestigious Architects Medal by the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.aia.org/arizona">American Institute of Architects (AIA) Arizona Chapter</a>. Since the award's inception in 1981, he is the first African American to receive this honor. Nelson also is the first African American architect to be employed by the City of Phoenix.<br></p> <p>The AIA Arizona Architects Medal is awarded to honor and celebrate members of the organization who have advanced the profession of architecture, recognizing their outstanding professional achievements and sense of social responsibility. The nominee's achievements must be viewed as an advancement of the profession.<br></p><p>Nelson was presented with the medal during the AIA Arizona Design Awards Gala held on Saturday, November 12 at the Phoenix Art Museum.​<br></p> <p>During his 37-year career as an architect, including four years with the City of Phoenix, Nelson has compiled an impressive list of professional achievements and serves as an advocate for minorities and women within his profession.<br></p> <p>As an architect with the City of Phoenix, highlights of his projects include the Weather Respite Shelter on 27th Street and Washington Street, the Phoenix Convention Center shoring wall, Fire Station 62, the renovation of the Footprint Center in downtown, and Operation Patch and Paint neighborhood commercial rehabilitation.</p> <p>A registered architect in 20 states, his private sector work includes project architect of Phoenix's Chase Field, and George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, and project management of Atlanta's Mercedes Benz Stadium. He also led Michael Baker International's expansion of its architecture practice in the western United States, and was the company's first African American assistant vice president. </p> <p>Nelson is the founder of the <a target="_blank" href="https://nomaarizona.org/">Arizona Chapter of the National Association of Minority Architects (NOMA)</a>. NOMA is a community-based multicultural organization that has programs to introduce architecture to youth in underserved communities, mentor college and emerging professionals, and increase the number of minorities and women in architecture. Less than 2 percent of registered architects in the United States are African American. In October 2022, during its national conference, NOMA selected NOMAarizona as large chapter of the year.</p> <p>In his second term as NOMA West Region Vice President, Nelson led the organization's expansion into the West Region, growing it from three chapters in 2017 to eight by 2022, with the most recent chapter addition coming in Utah. </p> <p>In response to addressing discrimination following the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis in 2020, Nelson developed and led NOMAarizona's Call To Action. Along with members of the chapter, he met with firms to discuss how to address and eliminate racial, gender and LGBTQ+ harassment and discrimination within the design and construction profession.</p> <p>Nelson is a 1985 graduate of Hampton University, an Historically Black College or University (HBCU).<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/streetsNewsstreet-transportationStreets
UPDATE: 16th Street Bridge Reopenshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/street-transportation/2557Street Transportation11/7/2022 1:30:00 AMUPDATE: 16th Street Bridge Reopens<div class="ExternalClass0D727F9039D24889833F24B67B04D2A5"><html> <h3><span style="color:rgb(255, 0, 0);">*** UPDATE ***</span></h3><p>The 16th Street bridge and all surrounding roadways have reopened.<br></p><p>A Union Pacific Railroad freight train derailment under the bridge early Sunday morning forced the precautionary closure of 16th Street from Jefferson to Grant streets and Jackson Street from 15th Street to 16th Place. On Sunday night, the Phoenix Street Transportation Department determined that there was no structural damage to the bridge support pillars and reopened the roadway.​<br></p><p><strong>Original statement from 5 p.m. - 16th Street Bridge Closed Due to Train Derailment</strong><br>Due to a Sunday morning Union Pacific Railroad freight train derailment under the 16th Street bridge, 16th Street from Jefferson to Grant streets and Jackson Street from 15th Street to 16th Place is closed as the Phoenix Street Transportation Department works with Union Pacific and other agencies to assess the incident. The restrictions are in place for all vehicle and pedestrian traffic. A timeline for how long the closures will be in place has not been determined.</p> <p>Updates about the restrictions will be posted on <a href="/streets" target="_blank">Phoenix.gov/Streets</a> and via the Street Transportation Department's Twitter account at <a href="https://twitter.com/StreetsPHX" target="_blank">@StreetsPHX</a>. ​​​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/streetsNewsstreet-transportationStreets
Ceremonial Street Sign Installed to Honor the Late Bishop Alexis A. Thomashttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/street-transportation/2552Street Transportation11/3/2022 6:45:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2552/Bishop Thomas sign unveiling 2.jpgCeremonial Street Sign Installed to Honor the Late Bishop Alexis A. Thomas<div class="ExternalClass3E21534B29D44284B421368EADF8521E"><html> <p>​​Members of the Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church community joined with Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego and city staff on Thursday to unveil a ceremonial street sign at the intersection of 14th and Jefferson streets that honors Bishop Alexis A. Thomas, the church's late senior pastor. The blue sign with white lettering was mounted on the mast arm of the southeast traffic signal pole to designate that section of 14th Street as Bishop Alexis A. Thomas Street.<br></p><p>WATCH: <span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><a href="/newsroom/street-transportation/2553" target="_blank">Ceremonial Street Signs Installed for Bishop Alexis A. Thomas Street​</a><span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><br></p><p>Bishop Thomas passed away unexpectedly at age 50 on January 18, 2018. He was appointed the church's senior pastor at age 16 and grew the congregation from 200 to more than 4,000 members. He also was a civil rights activist and community advocate.</p><p>Thursday's memorial event was part of Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church's ongoing centennial anniversary celebration, and the program began with an inspiration message delivered by Senior Pastor Reverend Dr. Terry E. Mackey. Remarks also were given by Mayor Gallego, and church elders Jerry Barnes and Richard Yarbough. Two of Bishop Thomas' sons, Micah and Remone, were in attendance, and Remone gave remarks to memorialize his father.</p><p>Installation of the sign was approved by Phoenix City Council in April 2020, as part of the city's Ceremonial Street Sign Program that honors landmarks and people of historical significance.</p><p>In addition to his accomplishments as senior pastor of Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, Bishop Thomas also was an active civil rights leader in Arizona for decades and the General Chairman of the African American Christian Clergy Coalition, which he founded in 2001. He also was the co-founder of the African American Strategic Alliance Coalition in Phoenix.</p><p>As part of the Ceremonial Street Sign Program, a requesting organization or individual is responsible for the fabrication, installation, maintenance and repair of ceremonial signs, which require City Council approval. The Street Transportation Department fabricates and installs all of the city's street name, speed limit and traffic control signs.​</p><br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/streetsNewsstreet-transportationStreets
Ceremonial Street Signs Installed for Bishop Alexis A. Thomas Streethttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/street-transportation/2553Street Transportation11/3/2022 6:30:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/Rsnnu7lOP6cCeremonial Street Signs Installed for Bishop Alexis A. Thomas Street<div class="ExternalClass893B24A7BC3A495798026873C8250383"><html> <p>​On Thursday, in partnership with Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, the Phoenix Street Transportation Department unveiled a ceremonial street sign at the intersection of 14th and Jefferson streets that honors Bishop Alexis A. Thomas, the church’s late senior pastor.  <br></p> <p>READ MORE: <span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/street-transportation/2552">Ceremonial Street Sign Installed to Honor the Late Bishop Alexis A. Thomas</a><span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><br></p> <p>Bishop Thomas passed away unexpectedly at age 50 on January 18, 2018. He was appointed the church's senior pastor at age 16 and grew the congregation from 200 to more than 4,000 members. He also was a civil rights activist and community advocate.<br></p> <p>The event was part of Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church's ongoing centennial anniversary celebration, and the program began with an inspiration message delivered by Senior Pastor Reverend Dr. Terry E. Mackey. Remarks also were given by Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, and church elders Jerry Barnes and Richard Yarbough. Two of Bishop Thomas' sons, Micah and Remone, were in attendance, and Remone gave remarks to memorialize his father. ​<br></p> <p>​Installation of the sign was approved by Phoenix City Council in April 2020, as part of the city's Ceremonial Street Sign Program that honors landmarks and people of historical significance. ​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/streetsVideostreet-transportationStreets
Halloween Safety Tips for Drivers and Trick-or-Treatershttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/street-transportation/2536Street Transportation10/26/2022 1:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2536/KidsOnSidewalk.pngHalloween Safety Tips for Drivers and Trick-or-Treaters<div class="ExternalClassBF92D6FDC7F747BA85BE2E204EBE464E"><html> <p>​As thousands of trick-or-treaters prepare to explore neighborhoods citywide for Halloween, the Phoenix Street Transportation Department reminds residents of important guidelines that will help them enjoy a fun and safe holiday. <br></p> <p><strong>Halloween safety tips for drivers and trick-or-treaters:</strong><br></p><p></p><ul><li><p>Drivers should always watch for people crossing the street, especially near intersections and crosswalks<br></p></li><li><p>Stop your vehicle well before a crosswalk to allow plenty of space for those crossing and help other motorists see them, and never pass a car stopped at a crosswalk</p></li><li><p>Obey the speed limit so it is easier to watch for pedestrians or bicyclists</p></li><li><p>Trick-or-treaters should stay on sidewalks and in well-lit areas where possible</p></li><li><p>Trick-or-treaters should remain visible when walking and always cross at an intersection or crosswalk</p></li><li><p>Always look both ways before crossing the street</p></li><li><p>Carry a flashlight or glowstick, or wear reflective clothing when walking at night</p></li></ul> <p></p> <p>Watch the city's <a target="_blank" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhltzXheEsI">Scan the Street for Wheels and Feet PSA (PHXTV YouTube channel)</a><br></p><p>Encourage your trick-or-treater to learn more safety guidelines in a fun way! Download the city's <a target="_blank" href="/streetssite/Documents/HeadsUp_Pedestrian_Safety_Activity_Book.pdf">Pedestrian Safety Activity Book</a>, which also is available in <a target="_blank" href="/streetssite/Documents/HeadsUp_Pedestrian_Safety_activity_Book_SP.pdf">Spanish</a>.</p> <p>Don't forget, <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/street-transportation/2512">October is National Pedestrian Safety Month</a> and the Phoenix Street Transportation Department has been sharing via its social media accounts (<a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/StreetsPHX">Twitter</a>, <a target="_blank" href="https://www.instagram.com/streetsphx/">Instagram</a> and <a target="_blank" href="https://www.facebook.com/StreetsPHX">Facebook</a>) tips, guidelines and other resources that explain how everyone can work together to create a safe roadway environment this month, and year-round. ​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/streetsNewsstreet-transportationStreets

 

 

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