Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on November 14th, 2008 at 1:51 pm
See another photo below for another view.
(Photos by Tom Miller)
Copenhagen should become a sister city to Portland. I can barely keep track of all the local planners, politicians, advocates and bureaucrats who have made a pilgrimmage to the "City of Cyclists" this past summer alone.
Tom Miller, current chief of staff for City Commissioner Sam Adams (who'll also follow Adams into the Mayor's office in January), has been on several of those trips.
He sent me a bunch of photos last night (he's working on a guest article for BikePortland about bike-sharing) and two of them caught my eye.
The photo at the top of this story is a close-up of sign that is placed on the ground, directly in the bike lane, where someone on a bike is much more likely to see it (vs. a sign on a pole that competes for visibility with other signs and might be missed from a bike perspective).
Here's another view for context:
I could see these being used in the bike lane on N. Flint as it approaches Broadway (more as a general caution than a right-hook specific message) and/or any intersection with a bike lane and a high volume of truck traffic (like going southbound on N. Interstate).
PDOT has already experimented with special warnings inside bike lanes, but they lack the classy graphics of these Copenhagen examples (see photo at right).
If PDOT decides to move forward with their bike-only signal idea on Broadway at Williams, maybe they can mimic the Copenhagen approach and place a warning graphic in the bike lane before the intersection.