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New bike lanes make key connection in Outer Southeast

Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on August 20th, 2008 at 10:55 am

Freshly installed bike lanes on SE 162nd.
(Photo by Jeff Smith/PDOT)

The City of Portland Office of Transportation (PDOT) has completed the installation of 1.6 miles of bike lanes in Outer Southeast Portland.

The new lanes are on SE 162nd Avenue from Powell to Stark and they create a continuous route of over three miles of bike lanes all the way from the I-84 path south to Powell. PDOT's current bike map of Outer Southeast shows this portion of 162nd as a "difficult connection", so these new lanes are a welcome improvement.

Now outdated map
of SE 162nd. Notice
"difficult connection" symbol
and Powell Butte and
Springwater Trail
at bottom.
(Map: PDOT)

PDOT's Jeff Smith also points out that this bike lane helps make a great connection to Powell Butte and further south to the Springwater Corridor Trail.

I rode this stretch during a tour of East Portland with the City's Bike Advisory Committee back in July and, even though 162nd is a large street, the bike lane added a significant level of comfort. Smith offers a reason why:

"The traffic on the south end of 162nd is considerably lower than the rest of the street, and the land use is largely low-density residential, so it really makes for a fairly pleasant ride."

PDOT hopes new connections like this encourage more East Portlanders to consider biking. "There doesn't seem to be a lot of cyclists out there yet," says Smith, "but i think with time they'll find it."

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  • Bent Bloke August 20, 2008 at 11:16 am

    The new bike lanes on 162nd are appreciated. I just hope PDOT does something with the way the WB Powell Blvd. bike lane just ends at I-205, dumping you into traffic that\'s going 35MPH. And there is no easy way to get to the Woodward/Clinton route from there. That\'s a really dicey spot. Better to use Division to cross I-205 and 82nd.

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  • Jeff Ong August 20, 2008 at 11:23 am

    Might be the start of a safer way out to the trailhead at Powell Butte... riding Division out there all the way is really taking your life in your hands.

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  • Ed Kane August 20, 2008 at 11:45 am

    Is it just me, or are those horns on that painted cyclist?

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  • rekon August 20, 2008 at 11:48 am

    Now if they would only ticket and/or tow the cars that park in the bike lane on NE 162nd as it heads N after crossing NE Halsey. This is right at the Halsey Station Apartments. Interestingly enough there are already signs there that so No Parking.

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  • Arem August 20, 2008 at 11:52 am

    Is PDOT responsible for the extra unique touches for the bike lane symbols (i.e. symbol that looks like a person riding a bicycle) such as the ones I\'ve seen with what looks like someone wearing DJ headphones or has alien antennae or wearing an astronaut\'s helmet? I\'ve been curious about that since moving here.

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  • chuck August 20, 2008 at 12:18 pm

    #4: Call Parking Enforcement! 503-823-5195

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  • Matthew Denton August 20, 2008 at 12:44 pm
  • bikieboy August 20, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    rekon (#4) - 162nd is in the City of Gresham, from just south of Stark up to I-84. I couldn\'t turn up a specific listing for parking enforcement on their website, so you might just try the Police -----

    For non-emergency police response, call (503) 823-3333.
    Traffic Questions:
    Lieutenant Jeffry Hansen
    (503) 618-2330 or jeffry.hansen@ci.gresham.or.us

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  • Resident August 20, 2008 at 1:43 pm

    The only probelem here is that 162nd is a vast no-mans land. It is (for the most part) the border between Portland and Gresham. That means that neither municipality believes they should be the one maintaining the road (i.e. sweeping the bike lane). The section of road that rekon refers to above is also a virtual minefield of rocks, glass, and roadkill that has been accumulating for months now, no matter how many times the bike hotlines/maintenance lines are called.

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  • Steven J August 21, 2008 at 2:52 am

    Used to be an online reporting form for letting the transportation dept. know bike lanes needed cleaning in an area, I used to report problems with Vancouver & Williams streets all the time.(broken vodka & beer seem the drug of choice.
    Street cleaners seem to hit downtown area (where I live) every night, and ignore outlying areas that are needed. I would like to find that link again if anyone has it.

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  • chuck August 21, 2008 at 10:03 am

    There\'s a number to call to request a cleaning. I\'ve done it several times because the roads out by 82nd and columbia are covered in crap. don\'t know about an on-line request, but phone is easier, as you can do it while you\'re out.

    503-823-SAFE

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  • bikieboy August 21, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    Chuck (#11) you can also call 823-1700 for basic maintenance stuff (glass, gravel, etc)- that\'s a 24-hour maintenance bureau number so you\'ll usually get a real person.

    Steven J (#10) - here\'s the 823-SAFE email: safe@pdxtrans.org

    webpage: http://www.portlandonline.com/transportation/index.cfm?c=40515

    & the Maintenance street sweeping page:
    http://www.portlandonline.com/transportation/index.cfm?c=47255

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  • John Russell August 22, 2008 at 3:39 am

    I rode a mile of 162nd soon after the lanes were put down, and while I had never ridden that stretch before, it made me wonder: why don\'t they do this more often? It looks like all it took was narrowing of the amply-sized lanes and a fresh coat of paint.

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  • david4130 August 24, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    I have been waiting many many years for this! 162nd\'s day has finally come!

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