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Project to improve NE Davis could benefit bike traffic

Posted by on August 16th, 2010 at 12:55 pm

PBOT has announced an open house to discuss improvements to NE Davis Street. The NE Davis Street Improvements project will extend from NE 3rd to NE Sandy Boulevard and it could come with some benefits for bike traffic.

Project boundary.


According to PBOT, the goals of the project are to slow traffic speeds, reduce cut-through traffic, improve conditions for bicycling and walking, and maintain truck circulation. “At the open house you will identify problems and needs and brainstorm solutions. You’ll also have a chance to review a short-term plan to install three speed bumps between NE 12th Avenue and Sandy Boulevard to address traffic speed issues.”

Project manager Ellen Vanderslice says some improvements to Davis (like the new signals at MLK and Grand) have been made as part of the East Burnside-Couch Couplet project. That project will also pay for the three speed bumps mentioned above. Vanderslice says other improvements to Davis — which could include removing the centerline and installing sharrows and adding bicycle wayfinding signage — would come from PBOT’s Affordable Transportation Fund.

At the open house we hope to learn how people are using or would like to use Davis by bicycle, so we can see what can be done to improve the connections across Sandy for bicycling. We’re also looking for ideas about how to make the crossing of 12th safer for both bicyclists and walkers without messing up the truck circulation!

Here are the details:

    Public Open House for NE Davis St. Improvements Project
    Tuesday, 8/31 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
    Portland Bottling Company warehouse (at the large overhead door on the south side of NE Davis between 12th and 14th avenues)

Download the open house announcement here (PDF).

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  • Allan August 16, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Jonathan- often you post these things and it would be cool to just click a link to import these open houses to outlook (or perhaps other calendar software). Is it possible to add links like that?

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  • Paul Cone August 16, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    The iCalendar standard (a .ics file) would be the way to go for that.

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  • John Lascurettes August 16, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    I’ve been riding on Davis between NE 16th and 6th before hitting the bike lane on Couch to the Burnside Bridge since the Broadway detour went up.

    I like Davis as is. Works just fine.

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  • MIndful Cyclist August 16, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    I’m with you, John. I discovered this street by accident since the Broadway Bridge closed. Turns out it is even faster for me to get to downtown this way. I think it works fine as it is now, especially going Westbound. Little traffic and it is downhill so it is easy to take the lane and go at the speed of traffic.

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  • Matt August 17, 2010 at 11:17 am

    This stretch of NE Davis works very well for bicycles currently. It would be great if the bicycle advocates and activists would come out to the meeting and get behind doing nothing to this road.

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  • George August 17, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    I agree with the above posters that davis st. between sandy and NE 6th is perfectly safe and efficient how it is. I feel that additional infrastructure would be wasteful and unnecessary.

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  • are August 18, 2010 at 9:05 am

    i had heard early on that motorists were increasingly using davis as a cut through to avoid the stretch of couch from 14th down to MLK. not true? if the counts do show this, calming might be in order.

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  • MIndful Cyclist August 19, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    are: Hard for me to say since I have just started to take this route. Still, I don’t see too much traffic. I think maybe one of those diverters like on 20th and Ankeny on 12th and Davis would be fine. Other than that, I am not sure if it needs much else.

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