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Two new traffic diverters installed on Ankeny and Mississippi

by on July 18th, 2016 at 12:39 pm

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New traffic diverter on SE Ankeny at 15th.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

With two new traffic diverters installed in the past week, the City of Portland continues to fulfill its promise to defend the low-stress biking environment on neighborhood greenways.
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The makeover continues: Speed bumps coming SE Clinton

by on June 3rd, 2016 at 10:37 am

Location of new speed bumps coming to Clinton Street.

Location of new speed bumps coming to Clinton Street.


In their ongoing effort to reclaim Southeast Clinton as a low-stress bikeway, the City of Portland will install new speed bumps this weekend.
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Five months after Clinton diverters, most people who bike say it’s much improved

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on May 5th, 2016 at 1:10 pm

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A new diverter at SE 17th and Clinton, designed to reduce automotive through traffic on the major bike route. The other new diverter is at 32nd.
(Photos: M. Andersen/BikePortland)

It’s been almost two years since we started reporting on the call by some Portlanders for traffic diverters on Clinton Street, one year since Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick approved them, and five months since two were installed.

So as the city prepares for similar diverters on Ankeny and considers them someday on Northeast 7th, we wondered: How are things going? I spent 90 minutes on Clinton Wednesday during the evening rush hour to ask passers-by what they thought.

Here’s what people said…
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A vision for traffic diverters at every neighborhood greenway crossing of a major street

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on April 29th, 2016 at 10:38 am

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Northeast Portland reimagined.
(Image: Terry Dublinski-Milton)

Let no one say that Terry Dublinski-Milton lacks vision.

The advocate for better neighborhood greenways — back in 2012, before he teamed up with BikeLoudPDX, the Southeast Uplift neighborhood coalition and other groups, he founded a niche greenway advocacy campaign called C.O.P.I.N.G. with Bikes — unveiled a map yesterday of what it’d look like if traffic diversion were required “at or near every greenway crossing of a neighborhood collector, corridor or civic corridor” in inner northeast Portland.

Neighborhood greenways are low-traffic, low-stress side streets, mostly developed in Vancouver BC and Portland, that have become the backbone of Portland’s biking network. The city has long used diverters to reduce auto traffic on a a street; last year it created formal guidlines for determining when to install a diverter to keep auto traffic on a neighborhood greenway below 2,000.
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Dueling petitions: NE 7th Avenue greenway supporters swamp 9th as council votes

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on April 28th, 2016 at 12:56 pm

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Take your pick.

The debate over the best route for a future NE 7th/9th neighborhood greenway is, for the moment, largely about appearances. But in this week’s battle for appearances, backers of a 7th Avenue route are definitely winning.

As we mentioned in Monday’s coverage of this issue, an anonymous supporter of a 9th Avenue route launched a petition on Sunday in which he or she suggested that a 7th Avenue route would send traffic spilling onto other small residential streets. As of this writing, it’s got 50 signatures.

Yesterday morning, resident Montse Shepherd started a competing petition in favor of a 7th Avenue route, itemizing 16 reasons for that route. 26 hours later, it’s drawn 368 signatures.

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NE 7th Avenue upgrades likelier, but diverter opponents are organizing too

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on April 26th, 2016 at 10:02 am

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NE 7th Avenue is technically a local street, but it’s become heavily used by cars as an alternative to MLK.
(Photo: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

Advocates for turning NE 7th Avenue into a low-stress neighborhood greenway scored a significant victory this month, but opponents of that change are pushing back.

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City launches web survey and open house for Ankeny diverter project

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on April 21st, 2016 at 8:54 am

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Detail of city plans for diversion at SE Ankeny and 15th. More detail here.

Portland’s mission to upgrade its first-generation bike boulevards into lower-stress neighborhood greenways is continuing.
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Troubled past, hopeful future for neighborhood greenways in northwest Portland

by on April 13th, 2016 at 1:51 pm

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NW Raleigh was set-aside as a bike street by the City of Portland in 1999. Today it’s a neighborhood greenway in name only that has exceedingly high auto volumes and none of the safety features common in other parts of the city.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Part of NW Portland Week.

When you browse over to the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s neighborhood greenways website and follow the links to the list of current projects you’ll see that northwest is the only one of the five quadrants that has this sad note next to it: “PBOT currently does not have any new neighborhood greenway projects in Northwest.”
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Northeast Portlanders call enthusiastically for traffic diverters, greenway on 7th Avenue

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on March 16th, 2016 at 9:11 am

close quarters on 7th
NE 7th Avenue is technically a local street, but it’s become
heavily used by cars as an alternative to MLK.
(Photo: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

A roomful of inner Northeast Portland residents gave an “overwhelming” thumbs-up Monday night to a plan to eventually turn Northeast 7th Avenue into a low-traffic neighborhood greenway between Alberta and Broadway.

That’d vastly improve the bike network just west of Alameda Ridge, but require traffic diverters that would send thousands of vehicles a day to other nearby streets, probably Martin Luther King Boulevard and 15th Avenue.

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City reboots plan for SE Ankeny traffic diverter, preps for others

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on March 2nd, 2016 at 10:47 am

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The corner of Southeast Ankeny at 15th. The Imago Dei church is on the left.
(Photo: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

After about a year on hold, proposed improvements to a much-used neighborhood greenway are back in action.

City project manager Sheila Parrott will meet March 10 with the Buckman Neighborhood Association to discuss the need for speed bumps and a new traffic diverter to reduce auto speeds and volumes in inner SE Ankeny Street.

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