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50s Bikeway: still alive, just moving slowly

Friday, April 18th, 2014
A Sunday ride-9
One holdup after another, but still moving.
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)

Maybe it's a mark of the eastward spread of low-car life that someone seems to ask us every few days when the 50s Bikeway is going to finally start construction.

The latest word from the city: early May. Hopefully.

"The contract prep has taken longer than expected," project manager Rich Newlands wrote in an email last week. "But we do now have the pre-con[struction] scheduled for 4/29. In theory, the notice to proceed will be issued that day and within a week the contractor will start. But, still contingent on the contractor being timely in submitting all the final pre-construction submittals."

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After a delay, 50s Bikeway will roll out by summer

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014
A Sunday ride-9
Better rides are ahead for Portland's low 50s.
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)

After sitting on ice for a year while the city waited out high construction costs, Portland's north-south 50s Bikeway is alive and moving forward.

The 4.3-mile, $1.5 million route down Portland's middle east side, which was delayed last August, is likely to start construction in late March and wrap up by late July, the project manager said Wednesday.

When finished, it'll stretch from the Alameda Ridge south to Woodstock Street along 53rd and 52nd avenues (PDF), connecting the Rose City Park, North Tabor, Mt. Tabor, South Tabor, Richmond, Creston-Kenilworth and Woodstock neighborhoods, which include 20,000 residents and 12 schools. North of Division, it'll be a neighborhood greenway marked with sharrows and directional signs; south of Division, a pair of 6-foot painted bike lanes on either side of the street.

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50s Bikeway project delayed

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013
A Sunday ride-9
They'll have to wait a bit longer
for a quality bike route.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation has announced a delay in the construction of the long-awaited 50s Bikeway Project. The $1.5 million, federally-funded project that will create an important north-south bikeway along 52nd and 53rd Avenues between southeast and northeast Portland, was originally slated to begin construction this summer. However, according to PBOT Project Manager Rich Newlands, the City received bids to complete the work that were "significantly above the project's construction contract estimate." This unforeseen situation means construction won't begin until February 2014.
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City Council votes 4-0 in favor of 50s Bikeway project

Thursday, September 29th, 2011
Commissioner Amanda Fritz and Mayor
Sam Adams listening to testimony on
the 50s Bikeway project today.
(Photos © J. Maus)

Portland City Council voted in unanimous support of the 50s Bikeway project today (Commissioner Saltzman was not present).

The $1.5 million, federally funded project will fill a 4.3 mile gap in the north-south bikeway along 52nd and 53rd Avenues from SE Woodstock to NE Thompson. A mix of bike lanes and bike boulevards, along with crossing improvements at eight major arterial streets, will connect the nearly 20,000 nearby residents and 12 schools within a half-mile of the route with a low-stress biking experience.
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PBOT works around diverter debate in 50s Bikeway project

Thursday, September 29th, 2011
The 50s Bikeway project
is at City Council today!
(Map: PBOT)

The 50s Bikeway project will be up for a vote at City Council today. While it's expected to get the required three votes of support, you can also expect some loud opposition to one specific piece of the project — a diverter planned for SE 52nd just north of Division.

Before I get into that, here's a quick reset of the project: The $1.5 million, federally funded 50s Bikeway will create a 4.5 mile bike-friendly corridor on 52nd/53rd Avenues from NE Thompson to SE Woodstock. The public process for the project began back in January. Since then, the Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) has held a robust public process (41 public meetings) that wrapped up with the second of two open houses at the end of June. (more...)

50s Bikeway project heading to City Council

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011
Big crowds turned out for the
final open house.
(Photo: PBOT)

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is just weeks away from asking City Council to formally adopt their final design recommendation for the 50s Bikeway Project. The $1.5 million federally funded project, which was first identified as a priority 15 years ago in the 1996 Bike Master Plan, will improve bicycling conditions on a five mile section of 52nd and 53rd streets between the Woodstock and Hollywood neighborhoods. (more...)

City announces second (and final) 50s Bikeway open house

Friday, June 24th, 2011
Get the latest on PBOT's
plans for diversion at
the open house.

The public outreach process for the Portland Bureau of Transportation's NE/SE 50s Bikeway project is nearing completion. Today, PBOT announced the final open house for the project for Wednesday, June 29 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish (5329 SE Woodstock Blvd).

The open house comes after 39 neighborhood and stakeholder meetings since August 2010. As we reported last week, the $1.5 million federally funded project will seek to improve bicycling conditions along a 4.3 mile stretch of 52nd and 53rd avenues from SE Woodstock to NE Halsey. (more...)

Catching up with the 50s Bikeway project

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011
A Sunday ride-9
The 50s Bikeway Project aims to create a 4.3 mile,
family friendly bike corridor.
(Photo © J. Maus)

The long-awaited 50s Bikeway Project — which will use $1.5 million in federal funds to build a low-stress bicycling environment along a 4.3 mile corridor from SE Woodstock to NE Thompson (near Sandy) along 53rd and 52nd Avenues — is entering its final phases of public outreach.

At a meeting of the Portland Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC) last night, PBOT project manager Rich Newlands asked for the committee's endorsement of the project (which they gave unanimously). Newlands said PBOT has already won support from seven of eight neighborhood associations the project runs through. The only remaining neighborhood left to vote on the project (Mt. Tabor Neighborhood Association) is set to vote on it tonight. (more...)

Share your impressions, take virtual tour of 50s Bikeway open house

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011
A Sunday ride-6
Riding on SE 53rd Ave.
(Photo © J. Maus)

Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the 50s Bikeway open house event last week (we were sorta busy). If you were at the event, can you share your impressions with us? If you missed it, yet are still interested in learning more about this major bikeway project, PBOT has uploaded all the poster boards displayed at the event so you can take a virtual open house.
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Willamette Week names 50s Bikeway "haters" Rogues of the Week

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011
Graphic from WWeek.com.

One of our local alternative weekly magazines, The Willamette Week, made an interesting choice for their weekly "Rogue of the Week" feature. They've given the label to the "haters" of the 50s Bikeway who showed up to last week's first public open house on the project.

Here's a snip from the Willamette Week story: (more...)

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