1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 800, Portland, OR 97204
May 6, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Portland Bureau of Transportation
Statement from Portland Bureau of Transportation Director Susan D. Keil:
Bike lane, striping will be changed on NE Couch
It has come to the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s attention that the bike lane leading from NE Couch onto the westbound Burnside Bridge may present a hazardous condition for bicyclists.
On Friday, April 30, in response to complaints and a bicycle injury, we closed the bike lane on the Couch approach structure and gave bicyclists exclusive access to a vehicle travel lane while we re-worked the lane configuration. Since that point, we have taken the following actions:
When these changes are complete, we will conduct a thorough safety evaluation of the new improvements and assess whether additional long-term safety features are needed.
As bicycle ridership increases, the City of Portland remains committed to safety for all modes of travel. As part of our work to decrease traffic congestion and give Portlanders a wide range of transportation options, the City’s goal is to make bicycling safe, inviting and accessible to all types of riders. The Couch transition is a key link between the eastside and the central city, and we are committed to ensuring that it serves as a safe, attractive connection for all users.