O.K., now you've seen the pictures...so let's look at some of the Beaverton Central bike infrastructure projects listed in the Civic Plan, and schedule information indicating when construction on them will individually take place.
Page's 74 and 75 list the
"...four categories of implementation priority– immediate, short-term, mid-term, and long-term
which basically are: 'first year', '1-5 years', '6-10 years', and '11-20 years' respectively.
Next, it's necessary to refer to table 1
in the Civic Plan on pg's 76 and 77
that lists the various projects. There's nineteen projects listed in this table. Projects 1
and 10 through 15
are the projects addressing the general area north of Farmington to Beaverton Central/The Round.
This is the area about which to consider whether more, possibly better plans that would support travel about Beaverton-Broadway, Beaverton Central, and Cedar Hills Crossing, independent of a motor vehicle, by foot and bike, could be made.
relates to the Main St. Bike Boulevard. There's two parts to the project, detailed on Table 1. The 'Proposed Facility Type', or what's actually to be installed on the street, are sharrows and wayfinding signage.
Projects 10-15 :
The two parts have an immediate and mid-term priority category assignation respectively, so the wayfinding signs could be going up soon. Main Ave meeting up with Rose Biggi Ave's to be constructed extension south to Farmington, being a mid-term priority, will be 6-10 years down the road before the extension is built and the chicane across the freight tracks is installed.
Like Project 1, these projects have their own category in the plan, and its name is 'Downtown (North of Farmington) Bike Improvements/Corridors'
I'll only detail Project's 10 and 14, because only they deal with the general area the photos I've posted, address. Short term priority Project 10 puts up ODOT Bike Lane merge signage to attempt to mitigate the adversity bike lane traffic must contend with due to Hall Blvd and Watson Ave's notoriously sporadic bike lanes. Where they exist, Hall and Watson's bike lanes are quite good, but then, as you well know if you've ridden the streets, in certain places...they just end, sometimes rather abruptly, obliging bike traffic to manage some kind of safe merge into Hall and Watson's extraordinary hectic main lane traffic. The project info on the table says this treatment will be to portions of the street north of Farmington.
is most important to take a look at, because it involves extending Millikan Way, east, the short 200'-300' distance over presently muddy ground to connect with Lombard, which borders the Beaverton Transit Center. Project 14 actually has as its idea, creating a motor vehicle traversable street, extending further east from Lombard, through the strip mall to 117th. Whether encouraging motor vehicle traffic to travel through the area beyond Lombard Ave is a good idea is something I'm not sure about enough to say. My tendency at this point is to say 'No, it's not a good idea'.
As to the short span of muddy ground between the present east terminus of Millikan Way and Lombard, it seems that this short section of ground should be given some sort of paving...immediately, so that its availability for use can encourage more travel by bike and foot rather than motor vehicle. Unfortunately...Project 14 has a 'Long Term' priority designation, implying that people wanting to walk or bike from Millikan Way to Lombard instead of walking around using Canyon Rd, could possibly have to be traversing the muddy path for the next 11-20 years.