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West sidewalk and cycletrack reopened in South Waterfront
(August 7, 2015) Added safety improvements along SW Moody Avenue have been completed between SW Sheridan Street and the Ross Island Bridge area, allowing the west sidewalk and cycletrack to re-open Friday, Aug. 7. TriMet and the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) completed three weeks of work to improve the flow of pedestrians and bicyclists along SW Moody Avenue.
With the recent addition of MAX Orange Line trains, and more buses and streetcars traveling in South Waterfront, TriMet and PBOT closely monitored the heavy flow of pedestrians and bicyclists along SW Moody. The agencies saw unsafe behavior including crossing against signals and not looking for trains and buses coming from opposite directions. Based on those observations, adjustments were made to further encourage people to cross the tracks safely.
“When we begin operating along a new alignment we see how people behave around our vehicles and tracks, and then make adjustments to improve safety,” said TriMet Safety and Security Executive Director Harry Saporta. “Those improvements will help people be more aware and alert of trains and buses along the new Orange Line.”
The improvements also allow bicyclists and pedestrians to better share the space and improve access to the Collaborative Life Sciences Building and Tilikum Crossing,Bridge of the People, when it opens in September.
“At PBOT, we want to encourage Portlanders to ride their bikes and walk their neighborhoods. That’s why we’re so happy with the improvements on Moody, one of our city’s first cycletracks,” Transportation Director Leah Treat said. “Working with TriMet, our investment will make it safer and easier for everyone to enjoy the South Waterfront, take advantage of the new Orange Line and use Portland’s newest bridge, the beautiful Tilikum Crossing.”
On the west side of SW Moody the configuration of the cycletrack and sidewalk changed and is now consistent along the entire stretch between Sheridan Street and the Ross Island Bridge area:
The 7.3-mile MAX Orange Line opens on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015. It will improve transit along the corridor that extends from the terminus of the MAX Green and Yellow lines at Portland State University in Downtown Portland to South Waterfront, SE Portland, Milwaukie and North Clackamas County. About the Orange Line:
The Federal Transit Administration, State of Oregon, Clackamas County, Metro, City of Milwaukie, Multnomah County, City of Oregon City, Oregon Department of Transportation, City of Portland, Portland Development Commission and TriMet.