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OutdoorDad
04-22-2010, 09:47 PM
Why are there sections where for no apparent reason the bike lane disappears for one block and than reappears?!?!?

Here's one example I found over on the west side. The bike lane disappears on for the same block going in both directions on Evergreen Pkwy just east of Cornelius Pass Rd.

The photos are from my wife's cheap cell phone she took as I drove past.

http://i43.tinypic.com/2akd75t.jpg
This is on the west side of Cornelius Pass Rd facing east. It's a nice wide and clean lane.

http://i39.tinypic.com/2rg2vdt.jpg
This is just after crossing Cornelius Pass Rd. There is no signage regarding the change in the lane before or after in either direction.

http://i41.tinypic.com/51denl.jpg
Just one block later the lane is back. You can see the green trees just after the purple ones in the second shot, which should be a good reference for the distance the lane is gone.

Why does this kind of thing happen? Where'd the lane go?

I did note that in the second shot the vehicle in front of my is crossing some train tracks (though I can't attest to whether or not they are still being used or are abandoned).

wsbob
04-23-2010, 12:27 AM
AdventureDad...wish I could be more informative than I probably am here. If it's like what happens in Beaverton on Hall Blvd, the disappearance of the bike lane may be because Hillsboro (I believe 185th is the Hillsboro/Beaverton boundary) hasn't been able to come to agreements with property owners to provide for a bike lane along those sections of Evergreen Parkway. :confused:

You may have been reading the thread I posted related to the bike lane on Hall Blvd. in Beaverton. I've learned a couple things from trying to get some corrections to a bad situation that exists there. Put together a nice little letter/email, including your cell phone photos to the city traffic engineer. Here's the closest thing I could find to that for Hillsboro:

Email Public Works: Engineering, Hillsboro (https://www.ci.hillsboro.or.us/PublicWorks/EmailTab.aspx)

Maybe even better:

Don Odermott, Transportation Planning Engineer ph: 503.681.6451 (http://www.ci.hillsboro.or.us/Planning/Contact/Transportation.aspx)

Here's a webpage link for Washington County engineering:

Washington County Road & Bridge Engineering (http://www.co.washington.or.us/LUT/Divisions/Engineering/)

You might also be interested in ringing up Hal Ballard at the Washington County Bicycle Transportation Coalition. Ride over, ask him, and you can check out the bike center too http://www.bikeportland.org/forum/images/icons/icon14.gif :

Washington County Bicycle Transportation Coalition

Frans Pauwels Memorial Community Bicycle Center
21785 SW Tualatin Valley Hwy, Suite J
Aloha, OR 97006 (corner of Cornelius Pass Rd. & TV Hwy 8 )
Ph: 503-356-9740
Fax: 503-356-9741
Email: info@washcobtc.org

Hey! Let us all know what you hear!

K'Tesh
04-23-2010, 09:33 AM
I don't have photos (yet), but you see the same thing at SW Murray (between TV Hwy and Farmington.

The bike lane goes away right next to St. Mary's, and they still don't have a bike lane there. This despite the fact that Austin Miller was killed when he exited the MUP/Sidewalk there to get on Farmington.

rpc
04-23-2010, 09:38 AM
First, those tracks are not in service (they end on either side of the pavement :) ). Second, this is on my regular commute route and it sucks, esp. heading east/toward 185th as you're starting up from a red light & are forced onto the sidewalk there...the merging back onto Evergreen 1 block east of Cornelius where the bike line picks up again seems dangerous. You can get "hooked" by cars turning right from Evergreen or slam into a car pulling onto Evergreen from that side street. Not good.

I think heading west on Evergreen there is a sign (could be wrong here) mentioning something about bikes on roadway or bikes merging or something. I end up taking the sidewalk about 50% of the time when there's just too much traffic zooming by.

It does seem mighty silly that the bike lane disappears (not like there's no room to widen things out a bit).

OutdoorDad
05-03-2010, 09:00 PM
Your right about the tracks.

What would it take to widen the road to complete the lane both ways?

Also was wondering about jumping into the mix and staying on the road (especially since the ramp onto the sidewalk is under water and I don't feel like finding out how deep it is)

letsroll
05-04-2010, 06:50 AM
I bet when this intersection was put in the railway was in use and the railroad was unwilling to change/move the signals for when a train comes through. At this point Hillsboro might not see the need to spend the $$$ to change it.

I agree that intersection sucks. I just take the road heading east. When heading west I use the sidewalk if I have to wait for a green light.

lynnef
05-04-2010, 12:42 PM
I am always riding east on weekdays. I've done it both ways (sidewalk and roadway). There are two lanes. Motor vehicles can go around.

The lanes are not wide enough to share; you need to take the lane through there.

Enough traffic at evening rush hour that the drivers are often less than polite.

Sidewalk has the drawback of getting back onto the roadway without getting hit from 1) cars on the side street and/or 2) cars turning right from Evergreen.

It depends on how I'm feeling that day.

Simple Nature
05-04-2010, 09:06 PM
Most of the westside is a patchwork of incomplete bike lanes. Come ride down 231st between cornell and Baseline sometime. It is absolutely shameful!