Posted by Jonathan Maus ( Publisher/Editor ) on July 13th, 2007 at 8:48 am
At the Platinum Bicycle Master Plan Steering Committee meeting yesterday, city bike coordinator Roger Geller shared results of feedback received at the recent series of Bike Master Plan open houses.
At each of three workshops, the 176 attendees were asked to list what they felt were the best and worst bike lanes in the city.
Winning by a landslide was N. Vancouver Avenue, followed by its close friend N. Williams Avenue.
It should come as no surprise that the bike lanes on N. Vancouver are the widest in the city at nearly 6 1/2 feet wide, which is sufficient width for two cyclists to ride side-by-side and is the same width Geller hopes to make the city standard in the future.
The two streets form a crucial couplet for north-south commuters and they’ve become bike thoroughfares during the morning and afternoon rush hours.
Besides great bike lanes, the Vancouver/Williams corridor was the focus of a major traffic safety improvement effort by PDOT last May.
What was rated worst?
The infamous West Broadway bike lane in downtown Portland. Home to the former Martini Bike Lane Guy and the dubious “Hotel Zone”, this bike lane is so unsafe many cyclists don’t even use it. The photos below tell the reason why.
What’s your take? Do you know of a better bike lane than N. Vancouver…or one that’s worse than W. Broadway?