Petition PBOT for Permanent Closure of SE 31st at Imperial Bottle Shop & Taproom

Petition PBOT for Permanent Closure of SE 31st at Imperial Bottle Shop & Taproom

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Brent Carpenter started this petition to Portland Bureau of Transportation

The purpose of this petition is to request that the Portland Bureau of Transportation ("PBOT") permanently close SE 31st Avenue at SE Division Street. Since 2020, Imperial Bottle Shop & Taproom ("Imperial") has operated an outdoor seating area in the right of way on SE 31st pursuant to a permit issued by PBOT. The seating area has provided for a safe, welcoming place for the community to gather and enjoy a beer and a take-out meal from the neighborhood restaurants. While this space was likely borne of necessity during the time of COVID restrictions on indoor dining and drinking, its popularity is undimmed by the easing of those restrictions and would likely continue should PBOT agree to the closure.

Additionally, permanent closure of SE 31st at Division will promote the safety of users of the Clinton Street Neighborhood Greenway, which is located one block south of the intersection of SE 31st and SE Division. Prior to the closure of SE 31st, there were several accidents involving bicyclists and motorists at the intersection of SE 31st and Clinton and there were countless near-misses. This was primarily due to drivers running the stop signs on 31st, often at high speeds. Not only did this reckless driving endanger and even injure bicyclists, it endangered pedestrians, including children walking to and from school. This situation lead to a feeling of danger and insecurity for users of the Clinton Street Neighborhood Greenway, which is contrary to the stated purpose of the Neighborhood Greenway system, which is to foster a sense of safety and security in order to promote sustainable means of transport, such as bicycling and walking.

As shown above, the permanent closure of SE 31st Avenue at SE Division Street will serve the dual purpose of providing an inviting, safe outdoor space for customers to enjoy food and drink and making the neighborhood as a whole more safe and conducive to non-motorized travel. Therefore, we respectfully request that PBOT permanently close SE 31st Avenue at SE Division Street.

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