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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 1331, Portland, OR 97204

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What is a Neighborhood Greenway?

Neighborhood Greenways are residential streets with low volumes of auto traffic and low speeds where bicycles and pedestrians are given priority. 

Portland's Bike Boulevards Become Neighborhood Greenways from Streetfilms on Vimeo.

The goals are to:

Reduce auto cut-through - Speed bumps and traffic diverters keep cars trying to avoid main streets from cutting through on neighborhood streets.

Provide safer bicycling and pedestrian connections - Pavement markings alert people driving to expect people bicycling; improved crossings and curb ramps make pedestrian mobility easier and safer.

Reduce auto speeds - Speed bumps help slow automobile traffic on greenways.

Help people across our busier streets - Improved crossings at main streets help people walking and bicycling cross more easily.

Guide people on the route and help get them where they are going - Markings on the pavement and signage let you know where the Greenway goes and what's nearby, like parks and business districts.

Provide more "eyes on the street" - More people out on the street bicycling and walking leads to safer streets!

Check out the Neighborhood Greenways 101 page for even more information about how these bicycle routes work.



Click to learn more about "Sharrows" (pdf).