Posted by Jonathan Maus ( Publisher/Editor ) on November 20th, 2012 at 3:13 pm
(Photos: Gretchin Lair)
I love receiving dispatches about bike stuff from readers in parts of town that I don’t often get to myself. I rely on your eyes and ears to help me cover more than just the central city.
Case in point is reader Gretchin Lair. She noticed some lane re-striping and a new bike lane on an intersection she frequents in outer southeast Portland so she snapped a few photos and shared her thoughts.
Take it away Gretchin:
“I noticed new bike lane markings at the intersection of SE 112th & Powell. They’re short bike lanes, lasting for about a block on either side of the intersection, and they exist in both directions. Additionally, a left turn lane has been added in both directions.
This intersection used to be all one lane and it was a bit of a traffic game. Cars would try to squeeze in two lanes based on what they thought would happen next. Drivers who wanted to go straight or turn right would zip around the main lane of cars and gun it when the light turned green. Most of the time those drivers would guess correctly and they would route around the cars turning left, who were stuck waiting for oncoming traffic to pass. But sometimes drivers would guess wrong, and it would be an ugly merging situation. Every new light was a new guessing game.
I’ve both driven and biked this road. While I certainly would prefer it if 112th had a bike lane all the way along its length, I really appreciate the way this reduces a lot of ambiguity for everyone traveling through this intersection. Thanks, PBOT!”
And here’s the view heading south on 112th after crossing over Powell.
Looks like a small, but effective improvement. Thanks for sharing Gretchin.
And to everyone else out there, if you see changes to the bikeways where you ride, consider taking a few photos and sending them in.