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As low-car lifestyle spreads, residents praise new bike lanes on SE Division

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013
Angel Villavir, left, said traffic seemed heavier but the street was easier to cross.
(Photos © M.Andersen/BikePortland)

As inner Southeast Division Street grows up — literally, thanks to its new hedge of multi-story apartment buildings — Portland’s transportation bureau decided in April to redesign a section of the thoroughfare a bit further out to feel more like the city street it now is: with better walking and biking plus a regular flow of slower-moving traffic.

Instead of four narrow travel lanes, Division between 60th and 82nd now have one bike lane and one auto lane in each direction, plus a shared center turn lane.

We wanted to know what local folks thought about the restriped street. So I pedaled down during the Monday evening rush hour, stashed my bike around a corner, and walked around introducing myself as “a reporter” and asking what people thought.

I learned two things: That everyone I met more or less likes it, and that low-car life is now very common in mid-Southeast Portland.

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Photos of ODOT’s new Division Street undercrossing on I-205 path

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013
New and smooth.
(Photos: Joe Hamilton)

Thanks to a newly built undercrossing of SE Division, people on bikes have one less stop to make while riding on the I-205 path. ODOT put the finishing touches on their $750,000 I-205 Shared-Use Path Division Undercrossing Project earlier this month and they’re hosting a “celebratory gathering” this morning to show it off.

As we shared back in October 2012, the new path takes riders and walkers down near the MAX light rail tracks under Division Street. South of division, the path begins at the MAX station and it re-joins the I-205 path at the intersection of SE Caruthers and 93rd. The project was originally planned for 2009 to coincide with the construction of TriMet’s Green Line MAX project. ODOT received a federal stimulus grant for path improvements but the funding ran out before the undercrossing was completed.

Reader Joe Hamilton sent us some photos of the new path… (more…)

City will begin adding new bike lanes to SE Division this Monday

Thursday, August 1st, 2013
PBOT graphic

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is set to begin work on a significant project that will add more vehicle access and capacity on SE Division. The project will re-configure the existing four-lane stretch of road between SE 60th and 80th into a five-lane cross section.

Instead of four standard vehicle lanes, the updated design of Division will include three standard vehicle lanes (one for each direction and a center turn lane) and two bicycle-only lanes. The changes came after PBOT identified Division as one of their “High Crash Corridors” and neighborhood residents said addressing bicycle safety concerns was one of their top priorities. In addition to the new, six-foot wide bike lanes, PBOT will also install a crossing improvement at SE 68th Ave.

Kyle Gunsul, who lives just off Division at 69th in the South Tabor neighborhood, is thrilled with the street’s new design. He says it will make Division much easier to cross and give him and other residents a safer way to access Mt. Tabor Park. “People fly down this stretch of the road,” he shared with us via email, “So trying to find a simultaneous opening across four lanes of road where cars are often truckin’ in the 40′s sucks… this created a Frogger [reference to a popular 1980s video game] situation in trying to get to the park or just attempting to head north.” (more…)

Man recovering after serious injury collision on SE Division/122nd – UPDATED

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Police say Hector Perez rode his bike out of the Shell gas station (on the right), across a few lanes of traffic and then rode “right in front of the van” that hit him. (View is looking west on Division, east of 122nd)

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Careless driving to blame for death of woman in SE Division crosswalk

Thursday, July 11th, 2013
The bus operator was in this lane prior to collision.

The Portland Police Bureau have given the driver of a school bus two citations for her role in a collision that killed a 43-year-old woman who was walking across a southeast Portland street.

Renee Bates was walking on SE Division with her husband Shawn Bates on Tuesday afternoon when they attempted to walk eastbound across SE 148th (from the northwest corner). At the same time, 55-year-old Billie Jean Neel was attempting to make a right turn onto Division from 148th. Neel failed to operate her bus safely and ran over the Bates couple. Shawn was not seriously hurt but Renee died from her injuries later that day in the hospital.
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Man has serious injuries after collision at SE 122nd and Division

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

This just in from PPB: We’ll post full story on the Front Page once we get more details…

TRAFFIC CLOSED ON DIVISION EAST OF 122ND AVENUE – BICYCLIST STRUCK BY VEHICLE

News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: July 10th, 2013 4:37 PM
This afternoon, Wednesday July 10, 2013, at 3:58 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of a bicyclist injured after being struck by a van on Southeast Division, east of 122nd Avenue.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and the bicyclist was transported to a Portland hospital with potential life-threatening injuries. The driver of the vehicle has remained at the scene.

An on-duty Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office Deputy was at the scene and has also been transported to a Portland hospital with an unknown medical condition.

The Traffic Division’s Major Crash Team is responding to conduct an investigation.

Both directions of Southeast Division Street is closed East of 122nd Avenue.

City will move forward with road diet, bike lanes on SE Division

Friday, April 26th, 2013
Bike lanes coming soon.

The Bureau of Transportation has announced their intention to move forward on the re-striping of SE Division between SE 60th and 80th. The decision comes after a public meeting held Tuesday where neighborhood residents and other stakeholders expressed strong support for the “road diet” and addition of bike lanes as a way to improve safety on the street.

PBOT reports that 50 people came to the meeting and a “large majority” supported the Phase 1 improvements which include: (more…)

PBOT nears final decision on “right-sizing” and bike lane for SE Division

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013
A bike lane could be in Division’s future

A road diet on one of Portland’s most dangerous “high crash corridors” is looking more and more likely as the Bureau of Transportation gets set to hold its final open house on the SE Division Street Safety Project later this month. PBOT has proposed re-striping Division between 60th and 82nd from its current configuration of four standard lanes to a new configuration that would have two standard lanes, a center turn lane, and two bike lanes.

Since PBOT presented their plans last year, neighborhood groups and citizens involved in the process have been very supportive of the idea. The Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) has also thrown their weight behind the project, and they’re urging PBOT to extend the proposed lane configuration further west to SE 52nd in order to connect to the forthcoming 50s Bikeway and a nearby park.
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BTA gets behind push for bike lanes, road diet on SE Division

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013
SE Division. Time for a diet?

After months of working with the Mt. Tabor Neighborhood Association to make SE Division Street safer, the Portland Bureau of Transportation now plans to open up a road diet project for further public feedback. And today, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) stepped in to throw their organizational weight behind it as well.

Dubbed the Division Street Lane Reorganization Project (road diet must not poll well), the project would transform SE Division betwee 60th to 80th from its existing four standard lanes into three standard lanes and two bicycle-only lanes.
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