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Old 11-29-2007, 10:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Simple Nature View Post
It is obvious that the westside has a lot of bike route planning to do. Fortunately I only ride through Beaverton for pleasure. How do we put pressure on these municipalities to do their freaking job on their transportation plan as required by law? Putting signs that say "bikes on Road" and "Bike Lane Ends" just isn't cutting it.
The trouble with the westside (esp. around Beaverton) is that transportation planning is still trying to catch up with the calamity that was growth in the 80's and 90's. There are a lot of screwy intersections, driveways, and waaaaay too many signals in short succession because they treated each change as a stop-gap rather than try to incorporate a more overall planned strategy.

North-south at least there's Murray and Hall as arterials. East-west is just a mess with Farmington, Allen, and Canyon. Roads that are either too narrow or have too many driveways (both residential and commerical) dumping directly into the street - meaning cars can pop out at you literally every 50 feet.

Bike routes first went in only so far as access for kids getting to/from schools. You had some feeder trails around schools into surrounding neighborhoods, but nothing really consolidated for getting from one end of town to the other. What trails I do remember tended to be narrow and buried behind bushes/housing with limited access.

Tualatin Hills is trying to straighten it all out, but they've got their work cut out for them. Portland at least can cheat with its grid network to figure out bike boulevards. Westside has no grid layout, so you have to puzzle your way into cutting through neighborhoods.
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