This afternoon, City Traffic Engineer Rob Burchfield presented his thoughts about applying lessons learned from his trip to arguably the world's most bike-friendly big city, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Burchfield focused his presentation on a bicycle facility that sends the hearts of Portland's bike wonks aflutter: cycletracks.
Copenhagen Cycletrack, courtesy of Alta Planning
Cycletracks are a bike lane that is separated from car traffic to provide the cyclists with a higher level of comfort and safety. As Portland bike planners and engineers look to persuade the approximately 35% of the population that is uncomfortable bicycle in auto traffic, cycletracks are seen as a potential solution.
There are a few cycletracks installed in the U.S. Bend, New York City, and Cambridge are all Yankee towns giving cycletracks a try. Portland's first application will be on Cully Boulevard, which is being completely re-engineered with a sidewalk, curb extensions, bio-swales, and cycletrack.
Burchfield's presentation can be viewed here.
Cross-section of the proposed re-design of Cully Boulevard, including cycletrack.