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20’s Bikeway open houses kick off next week

See and comment on proposed designs for a 9 mile north-south bike corridor

2 people biking on a neighborhood bikeway

The Portland Bureau of Transportation will hold three open houses on the proposed 20’s Bikeway Project.

Thursday, March 13

Fremont United Methodist Church

2620 NE Fremont

6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m

 

Monday, March 17

Cleveland High School

3400 SE 26th Ave

6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m

 

Tuesday, March 18

Central Catholic High School

2401 SE Stark (enter on 24th Ave)

6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m

 

This project will plan, design and construct safety improvements to this important 9.1 mile north-south bicycle route.  The route uses a variety of local residential streets and neighborhood collector streets between NE/SE 26th and 29th Aves, and runs from NE Lombard St at the north end of the City to connect to the Springwater Corridor at the south end of the City.  The project is funded through a $2.4 million federal grant.

These open houses will allow for public comment on the design options developed to date by staff and the Stakeholder Advisory Committee.  If you can’t make the March 13 open house, the same material will be presented at open houses in SE Portland on March 17 at Cleveland High School and March 18 at Central Catholic High School.

For more information on the project, including draft maps, documents and Stakeholder Advisory Committee notes, see the project webpage: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/62816

Photo credit: Greg Raisman/Flickr

Walk, but stay safe

Whether driving or walking, learn to recognize "the double threat"

Walking is a great way to get exercise and Portland is a great city for walking. It’s still important, however, to follow some basic safety rules to protect yourself from cars and other potential hazards.

In Portland, every intersection is a crosswalk whether marked with paint or not – this includes “T” intersections. By Oregon law, motorists must stop for pedestrians showing intent to cross by extending part of their body, wheelchair, cane, crutch or bicycle into the roadway. But safety doesn’t end there.

The Double Threat

Driver's-eye view of "double-threat" in a crosswalk

Road users should keep in mind that a secondary, or “double” threat exists on streets with two or more lanes of traffic traveling in the same direction.

Drivers: Oregon law requires drivers to slow down and then stop when they see a vehicle stopped in an adjacent lane, regardless of whether a pedestrian is visible. It is illegal for a vehicle to pass a stopped vehicle at a crosswalk (ORS 811.020).  * If you see a vehicle stopped, assume you need to stop too. *

Pedestrians: In this situation, you might be blocked from the view of other approaching motorists by a stopped vehicle. Before entering the next lane of traffic, stop and look to make sure all approaching vehicles have stopped for you before you cross the next lane

Find more information about safety on our roads on our StreetSmart Safety page - click here to visit.

Street Seats application deadline approaching

Program supports street vitality, community livability, and business development

Street Seats, the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s program that permits businesses and organizations to build a temporary platform in the on-street parking lane for outdoor seating or public space, is gearing up for another round of applications for 2014.  The deadline for applying for a permit to build a Street Seat is April 1st (no fooling).  PBOT is looking for high-quality designs and Street Seats that incorporate public seating for community use.

The program is popular both with businesses and the public who enjoy the opportunity to immerse themselves in Portland’s thriving business districts while enjoying a meal, a drink, or a place to relax. To date, PBOT has permitted eight locations and is only offering 10 additional permits for 2014. Quality of design and availability of public seating will be two of the prioritized evaluation criteria.  Serious applicants are encouraged to seek out professional design assistance.

For more information, including design guidelines, pictures, and the application, visit the Street Seats webpage.

Street Seat design proposal

A proposed public design submitted as part of PBOT's Street Seat Design Competition in 2013.

A wrenching day for volunteers ends well

Fix-It Fair effort puts one hundred twenty-two wheels back on the road

Two young men fix a bikeSafe Routes to School and ten volunteer bike mechanics attended to a record 61 bicycles Saturday at the final Fix-It Fair of the season, hosted by David Douglas High School. Mechanics from Bikes for Humanity and Bike Farm spent their day wrenching on bikes brought in by local residents, and even taught a few tricks of the trade to willing learners. Common repair needs included flat tires, shifting adjustments and brake pad replacements. All repairs were provided to help families and students get back on the road for trips to school, to work and for errands.

Safe Routes has partnered with the two non-profit organizations to offer free minor bike repair at all three Fix-It Fairs of the 2013-14 season. Cyclone Bicycle Supply also supported the events by supplying basic parts to Safe Routes at a discounted rate.  The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, which organizes the fairs, says the next season of Fairs starts Nov. 22, 2014, but the Community Resource Guide is available online year-round.

City installs 105th bike corral, including the Southwest neighborhoods first

Business and developer demand continues for on-street bike parking

Since installing its first bike corral back at old Civic Stadium in 2004, the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation’s (PBOT) on-street bicycle parking program has grown considerably.  In October 2013, PBOT celebrated its 100th bicycle corral installation at the New Seasons Market on SE Hawthorne and 41st.  Since then, PBOT has installed five additional corrals, all requested directly by businesses owners or developers, including the first corral in Southwest Portland outside of downtown.

J. Maus  - New Seasons Corral
New Seasons Market's Arbor Lodge store opened a new back entrance and included a bicycle corral in their initial plans for the re-orientation. Photo courtesy of Jonathan Maus/BikePortland.

Bicycle corrals provide efficient use of the street for bicycle parking in areas with high demand. Corrals typically can park 12 to 24 bicycles in the same space as one to two cars, free up congested sidewalks, and improve visibility at busy intersections for those on foot or behind the wheel.

In November 2013, PBOT installed its 103rd bicycle corral in front of Elephant’s Deli on SW Corbett Ave, the first bike corral in Southwest Portland outside of the downtown area.  In addition to bicycle parking provided on-site at the new restaurant, Elephant’s also elected to pursue a bike corral installed right at the front door for customers.  PBOT worked with the new development’s project manager to schedule the installation soon after the cafe opened its doors.  Several other new developments have worked with PBOT to install bike corrals just as they have opened for business.

In addition to the Elephant’s SW Corbett location, PBOT has recently installed new bicycle corrals at these four locations:

  • N Holman & N Interstate Ave (New Seasons Market – Arbor Lodge)
  • NE Alberta & NE 14thAve (Living Room Realty/New Development)
  • SE 37th & SE Hawthorne (Baghdad Theater)
  • SE Hawthorne & SE 43rd (Common Grounds Coffee)

Learn more about about getting a City bike rack installed and bicycle parking corrals on PBOT’s webpage.


 

The City's first on-street bicycle corral (now, decommissioned) installed in 2004 at old Civic Stadium (now, Providence Park).

Elephant's Deli Bike Corral

Southwest Portland's first bicycle corral outside of downtown at Elephant's Deli on SW Corbett.

1401 NE Alberta bike corral

New bicycle corral on NE Alberta at 14th Ave. The developer of this building paid for the bike corral before tenants opened for business.