Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on September 28th, 2010 at 1:44 pm
the project at a recent Bike
Advisory Committee meeting.
(Photo © J. Maus)
The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation is rolling ahead with their 50's Bikeway project. The $1.5 million, federally funded project aims to make a 4.5 mile north/south corridor between the Hollywood and Woodstock neighborhoods more comfortable and efficient for people on bikes.
Tomorrow night (9/29) is the second meeting of the newly formed Citizen's Advisory Committee for the project and there are plenty of big issues to weigh in on. According to PBOT project manager Rich Newlands, who shared details of the project at a recent Bicycle Advisory Committee meeting, the biggest challenge for the project is how to make room for bike traffic on SE 52nd south of Division. That stretch of road not only has high volumes of (relatively fast) motor vehicle traffic, but PBOT estimates they'd have to remove 200-250 on-street parking spaces to make room for bike lanes.
At the BAC meeting last month, some members of the committee questioned whether the alignment should include SE 52nd at all. Newlands says at this stage of the planning, the final route is still up for discussion. If you have insight into riding conditions in this area and would like to help with this project by offering your input, consider following this project and attending the meeting tomorrow. Another opportunity to learn about this project will be a group ride of the currently proposed alignment on Saturday, October 9th.
50's Bikeway Project - Citizen's Advisory Committee Meeting
Wednesday, September 29th
6:30 to 8:30 PM
Providence Center Cancer Clinic, Conference Room A (NE 47th and Glisan)
Project website with more info