View Full Version : Bike lanes appear on SW Lombard
09-22-2010, 12:39 AM
Well, it's official!
Bike lanes are being painted on SW Lombard this week.
There are already lanes painted on the portion south of SW Allen, except for the area that was recently repaved (needs at least 2 weeks to "cure", I was told).
The no parking signs are already in place
I understand that the area north of SW Allen will be done sometime this week. I'm hoping to get pictures of them laying the paint down. :D
09-22-2010, 08:23 AM
For all of this they still haven't done the one thing that will make this really usable, and that's put up lights at the intersection of Lombard and Denney.
If you are southbound and trying to get from Lombard to connect to Hall, the site lines are horrible because Lombard kicks up at the intersection and the westbound traffic on Denney comes up and over a rise.
This makes left turns from Lombard onto Denney difficult. Add in the lack of a bike lane on Denney to make it even more fun.
Considering that this route would be is a better choice than continuing on Hall northbound because the bike lane just up and disappears, then there will be more bike traffic trying to make the left from Denney onto Lombard. Once again requiring a controlled intersection with advanced left functionality.
09-22-2010, 09:11 AM
Did not expect the Lombard bike lanes to be installed so soon. I'm excited to try them out, and see how general road traffic and people on bikes respond to them.
Canuck...did you happen to be aware that Beaverton's been requesting public input on a big Civic Plan? I didn't make it, but last week, there was a public meeting where people were invited to submit any type of idea they had that would improve the city. Monday when I stopped by the library's meeting room, Mazzioti (I think that's the guy's name...consultant the city hired to work on this project) and some of his staff had big maps laid out all around the room. They were compiling all the public's suggestions onto these maps, Next week, there will be a public presentation.
I suppose you've already made your feelings about the need for a signal at Lombard/Denney, known to the city in some way?
09-25-2010, 02:30 PM
Walked over to the Beaverton Library on Lombard up to 2nd. Noticed bike lane stripes have been installed on the west side of Lombard and south as far as I could see from where I was standing. Also; no cars parked in the bike lane, as far as I could see. Turned my head to the north to see a cyclist in the bike lane approaching fast and then rapidly passing by.
This cyclist was riding approximately eight or ten inches inside the line. Motor vehicle traffic was medium.
09-26-2010, 08:19 AM
The area between Farmington, and Allen is finished and most of the area between Allen and Denny is completed.
The exception is on the northern most part of the Allen to Denny segment. It's supposed to be done in a different material. Due to the recent repaving it has to finish curing before it can be applied.
10-03-2010, 12:31 AM
Here's the link for the main page story on the bike lanes:
First Look: Beaverton installs bike lanes on SW Lombard/maus/bikeportland (http://bikeportland.org/2010/09/28/first-look-beaverton-installs-bike-lanes-on-sw-lombard-40221)
I rode the bike lanes Saturday, about 2:30pm. Quite a bit of motor vehicle traffic. It being Beaverton, there weren't a lot of people on the bike lanes, but there were some...5 or 6 during the length of time I rode up and down between 1st and Denney.
There's yet an area on Lombard, that I seem to recall is because of left turn main lane provisions, where there is no bike lanes between what would be about 4th and 7th. The bike lanes just end abruptly without a merge. Might be some, but I didn't recall any 'merge' pavement markings or signs to that effect. That makes the transition from bike lane to no bike lane a bit dicey.
Cars no longer parking on the street helps to balance out this absence of bike lanes, because people riding bikes no longer have to slow, signal, turn to look back, merge, etc. to get around parked cars into the main lanes, then back into the parking area again (that is if you've decided your pace is slow to the extent you'd rather not ride in the main lane.).
Still, I say that the section where the bike lane ends is dicey, because I noticed that as the car ahead of me passed beyond the point where the vanished bike lane section begins, it reflexively adjusted to the absence of the lanes by centering itself over the entire available lane width, by moving slightly away from the center line of the road. Hopefully, they won't do that should a person on a bike happen to be there.
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