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Guess who didn’t make list of America’s top 10 protected bikeways?

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

In the latest sign that Portland’s lead as America’s best cycling city is dwindling, we were completely left out of a list of the year’s top 10 protected bikeways published by People for Bikes yesterday.

People for Bikes (formerly known as Bikes Belong) is an industry-funded advocacy group that also runs the Green Lane Project, an effort to hasten the development of protected bikeways across the country. Portland was one of five cities selected to be part of that program when it launched in May 2012; but despite our long-held reputation as a bikeway innovator, we lag behind other cities when it comes to protected bikeways (loosely defined as bike lanes with some sort of protection from other lanes of traffic). According to a Green Lane Project inventory, Portland has managed to build just 3 miles of protected bikeways in the last four years.

Portland’s absence from the top 10 isn’t because our protected bikeway designs are bad, it’s because we didn’t even build any new ones in 2013. The one Portland project listed in the Green Lane Project’s inventory for 2013, SW Multnomah Blvd, has been delayed and is yet to be built. (more…)

Researchers launch online survey for feedback on NE Multnomah cycle path

Thursday, November 21st, 2013
Screenshot from the web survey.

Last month, we reported that local academics were polling people in Portland’s newest protected bike lane to learn who likes it, who doesn’t, and if or how it’s changing people’s behavior.

Now, it’s the Internet’s turn. You, too, can now take the 20-minute online survey about NE Multnomah Street between Wheeler and 16th avenues.

“After conducting targeted ‘intercepts’ of bicyclists on NE Multnomah (you may have received a postcard invitation from us already), we are now opening the survey up to get as much feedback as possible,” Portland State University’s Chris Monsere writes on the survey page. “Hearing from bicyclists like yourself is a very important part of this study, and we hope you will participate. We will share our findings with the Portland Bureau of Transportation and hope that the results will help in future plans for improving bicycling in cities around the United States.”
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Portland hosts five ‘Green Lane Project’ cities at reception tonight

Monday, September 16th, 2013
Utrecht study tour-10
Green Lane Project director Martha
Roskowski during a Netherlands study tour in June.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Portland will host bicycle planning leaders from six U.S. cities at a reception tonight to mark the end of the first phase of the ‘Green Lane Project.’ Portland was one of six cities accepted into the program back in April 2012 (the others were Austin, Chicago, Memphis, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.) Funded by the industry-backed non-profit Bikes Belong, the goal of the Green Lane Project is to hasten the development of protected bikeways in America.

The leader of the project, Martha Roskowski, says the project has been a big success. “[The Green Lane Project] helped to normalize protected bike lanes not just in these six cities; but also nationally. We created a dialogue around protected lanes and a desire for more of them and we have set a standard for what a bike lane should/could look like.”
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Green Lane Project director in town next week for panel discussion

Friday, November 30th, 2012
Roskowski at the NACTO Designing Cities conference last month.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Martha Roskowski, the director of the Green Lane Project will be in Portland next week and she’ll moderate a discussion with local transportation officials about bikeway design. The event is set for Tuesday night (12/4) from 6:30 to 8:00 pm and it’s being hosted by the Portland Bureau of Transportation.

Roskowski is the former executive director of Bicycle Colorado who was tapped by the Bikes Belong Foundation to lead the Green Lane Project, which aims to hasten the development of protected bikeways in America. Back in April, Portland was chosen as one of six “focus cities” to take part in the project.
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Press Release: Portland joins five other cities in national project for protected bikeways

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

See the press release below from Bikes Belong as a follow-up to the story we posted yesterday (emphasis mine):

PORTLAND JOINS FIVE OTHER CITIES IN NATIONAL PROJECT FOR PROTECTED BIKEWAYS

Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez, Portland Bureau of Transportation Director and Bikes Belong Foundation Announce Plans for Safer, Stress-Free Bicycling in America

PORTLAND, OREGON (May 31, 2012) – The national bicycling nonprofit Bikes Belong Foundation (www.bikesbelong.org) launched its Green Lane Project today, bringing protected bikeways to Portland and five other U.S. cities over the next two years. The initiative (www.greenlaneproject.org) will work with Austin, Chicago, Memphis, Portland, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., to support the cities’ development of world-class bicycling facility networks. City of Portland Bureau of Transportation Director Tom Miller, along with Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez and top transportation officials from each city, announced initial plans at a kickoff event in Chicago.

Green lanes are dedicated, inviting spaces for people on bikes in the roadway, protected by curbs, planters, posts or parked cars. The goal of the Green Lane Project is to support the selected cities in their efforts to develop and install these kinds of facilities.

“Portland is leading the nation in development of neighborhood greenways and other innovative street designs,” said Martha Roskowski, Green Lane Project director for Bikes Belong. “Its attention to detail to bicycle operations at intersections and other transition points is unmatched.”

Green lanes already have a history of success in Portland. In a recent local survey, 70 percent of respondents said bicycling is easier and safer with these dedicated lanes, while motorists said the facilities did not make driving any slower or less convenient.

”Bicycling can be an incredibly cost effective travel choice when conditions are safe and well executed. America often looks to Portland to lead the way to safer bicycling, yet we know Portland has a lot to learn to meet its own city council-adopted expectations where bikes account for 25 percent of all trips by the year 2030. Collaborating with peer cities from around the country through the Green Lane Project will help bring Portland to the next level,” said Tom Miller, PBOT director.

Initial plans for additional green lane projects in Portland include the new Sellwood and Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail bridges across the Willamette River, buffered lane proposal on N Williams Avenue, and proposal for protected lanes on NE Multnomah Street.

“Green lanes benefit everyone who uses city streets, not just people on bicycles,” said Roskowski. “With these facilities, people in cars and on foot know where to expect bicycles. More people on bikes eases congestion. When people ride bikes, they are healthier, and they save money.”

Advisors to the Green Lane Project include the New York City Department of Transportation, the League of American Bicyclists and the National Association of City Transportation Officials. Funding partners include the SRAM Cycling Fund, Volkswagen of America, Inc, Interbike, Taiwan Bicycle Exporters Association and the Bikes Belong Coalition.

PBOT director off to Chicago for “Green Lane Project” launch

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

PBOT Director Tom Miller will join Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez and peers from six other cities at the launch of the Green Lane Project in Chicago tomorrow.

As we shared last month, the Green Lane Project is an initiative backed by the Bikes Belong Foundation that seeks to hasten the development of protected bike lanes and support the development of “world-class bicycling facility networks” in Austin, Chicago, Memphis, Washington D.C., Portland, and San Francisco over the next two years. (more…)

Portland chosen as one of six “Green Lane Project” cities

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012
Cycletrack on SW Broadway-7
It’s been two-and-a-half years since
the cycle track on Broadway went in.
(Photo © J. Maus)

Bikes Belong has just announced that Portland has been selected as one of six “focus cities” to participate in their Green Lane Project.

The other cities that will join Portland are: Austin, Texas; Chicago, Illinois; Memphis, Tennessee; San Francisco, California; and Washington, D.C.. These cities were chosen from a pool of 42 applicants.

About the selection, project leader Martha Roskowski said via a statement, “We are delighted to be working with these forward-thinking cities. They are a range of sizes, spread across the country, and at various stages in terms of developing networks for bicycles. What they share is a strong commitment to rethinking how city streets are used and making room for bicycles.” (more…)

Cities — including Portland — will vie for spot in “Green Lane Project”

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Later today, the application period opens for the “Green Lane Project,” a promising new initiative funded by national advocacy org Bikes Belong.

The project’s aim is to help build “world-class cycling networks” in a select group of U.S. cities that are “poised to make significant progress over the next two years in installing cycle tracks and related improvements.” To spur the development of high-quality bikeways, Bikes Belong will funnel 70% of their annual grant budget (about $140,000) and provide technical assistance and other resources to the selected cities (study trips are scheduled for Denmark, New York City, and the Netherlands). Cities that are chosen will sign a contract with Bikes Belong committing themselves to the partnership.

Only six cities will be chosen to participate, and you can bet the competition will be fierce. (more…)

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