Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on March 9th, 2011 at 3:10 pm
neighborhood greenway projects last night.
(Photo © J. Maus)
The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) released a new list of potential neighborhood greenways last night. The list of projects represents the third phase of implementation in PBOT's ongoing effort to create a complete network of low-stress, family-friendly bikeways.
Below is the list (and a detailed map) as it was presented to the Portland Bicycle Advisory Committee last night:
- SE Main/Mill — SE 96th to Portland's eastern border (SE 174th)
- 80s — Powell to Foster
- St. Johns Connection via New Columbia — N Houghton/Dana/Terry
- Holman/Bryant — Dekum and Interstate to Holman/MLK
- SW Maplewood/Gabriel Park
- 77th — Sacramento to Alberta
- 30s — Gladstone to Glisan
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PBOT traffic safety expert Greg Raisman says the list is still not set in stone. He and PBOT staff plan to work over the next month or so with the Bike Advisory Committee and neighborhood groups to refine the it.
If the projects above were to be completed, Raisman pointed out that by the end of 2012, you'd be able to ride a contiguous, low-stress bike route from Pier Park in St. Johns all the way NE 74th and other parts of the bike network. Raisman pointed out how PBOT worked closely with the New Columbia housing community bike committee on the St. Johns route, which will give residents high quality bike access to the popular Fred Meyer store in the area.
Also at the meeting last night, PBOT Traffic Safety manager Mark Lear referred to this third phase of neighborhood greenway development as part of their ongoing strategy to build a "feeder system... the same way TriMet invested in bus routes before they built light rail."
As for this list of neighborhood greenways, Raisman says once the projects are solidified, construction is likely to start in the summer of 2012 and be completed by the end of the year. Funding for the projects comes from a mix of sources, including state gas tax and vehicle registration fees and PBOT discretionary revenue.
You can learn more and weigh in on these projects at two important neighborhood meetings coming up this month. The East Portland Action Plan Bike Committee meets Thursday, March 17th at 6:30 at Muchas Gracias (1307 NE 102nd) and SW Trails is holding a meeting to discuss their neighborhood greenway projects on March 16th at the Multnomah Arts Center (Room 29, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy) at 7:00 pm.
Watch our short neighborhood greenway animation for another look at past, current, and future projects: