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PBOT issues first ever 'Bicycle Traffic Advisory'

Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on October 29th, 2009 at 2:12 pm

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Some of the "bicycling public" on Clinton.
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The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation has just issued an advisory to warn "the bicycling public" (that has a much better ring to it than "bicyclists") of a construction project that will close a popular bicycle boulevard.

According to spokesperson Cheryl Kuck, this is the City's first ever bicycle-specific traffic advisory. "I'm sending out a regular traffic advisory, too, but we thought we’d get the word out specifically to our bike media to alert bicyclists to the closure."

I love it.

Here's the advisory:

CITY OF PORTLAND BUREAU OF TRANSPORTATION

BICYCLE TRAFFIC ADVISORY

Contact: Cheryl E. Kuck, 503-823-5552

Street Closure for Pavement Repair and Repaving SE Clinton Street between 49th and 50th Avenues

(PORTLAND, OR) – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the bicycling public of a street closure affecting a bicycle boulevard. SE Clinton Street, between 49th and 50th Avenues, will be closed for pavement repair and repaving beginning Friday, October 30, and continuing through Thursday, November 5.

  • What: Street closure for pavement repair and repaving
  • Where: SE Clinton Street, between 49th and 50th Avenues
  • When: Weekday daytime closures from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. beginning Friday, October 30, and continuing through Thursday, November 5. Extent of closure may be somewhat longer, weather depending.

Detour for cyclists: Sidewalk will remain open through the street closure area. Bicyclists may use sidewalk if riding slowly and carefully and yielding to pedestrians (see Oregon Revised Statutes 814.410 regarding operation of a bicycle on a sidewalk).

And here's a map of the detour:

It's great to see this type of official communication and acknowledgment of bicycle traffic from the City.

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  • Paul October 29, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    I wish they do this for the SE Ankeny and SE 16th routes that are under sporadic closures due to the greenstreet improvements and the Burnside Couplet work.

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  • patrickz October 29, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    AT LAST!! Now I feel like SOMEONE!

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  • AaronF October 29, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    patrickz: if you were someone they would have sent you the advisory instead of J Maus.

    I kid!

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  • Maren October 29, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    Wow, this is right outside my front door! Pretty cool to read about it here tonight instead of encountering it tomorrow morning...

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  • Marcus Griffith October 30, 2009 at 9:12 am

    It's Nice that bike traffic is being treated as traffic. But with all this equality there could be a down side: unmarked bicycle cops, metered bike stalls, mega-bailouts for failed bike manufactures and required minimal miles-per-calorie standards for road bikes...

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  • E October 30, 2009 at 9:30 am

    :D you funny marcus!

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  • Wade October 30, 2009 at 10:44 am

    I thought is was bad to get pulled over by an unmarked El Camino... now, I have to worry about undercover cops on a Manga? I wonder why the police haven't tried that tactic yet for Zoomboombers? Who would expect a guy in a rabbit suit riding a trike could be a cop? Guess they would have to draw straws at the precinct to see who got that gig.

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  • Mele October 30, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    100% agree with Paul here, Ankeny is treated like the ugly stepsister of bike boulevards too often. Also, how about extending that to 7th/Sandy? Lots of us were having a really hard time making that crossing today... the right lane is blocked off just south of the difficult intersection at 11th.

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  • Bent Bloke October 30, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    The Woodward section of the bike boulevard could use repaving too. It's at least as bad as that block between 49th & 50th. But good to see some projects moving forward. The closure shouldn't even impact my commute, I go through there before the 7am start - and after the 4pm end - of the closure period.

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  • Jazmyn November 6, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    <3

    I feel like part of a "bicycling public".

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