Metro will install 400 new route signs on regional trail network this year

by on March 7th, 2016 at 2:12 pm

The new signs aim to present a unifed brand aesthetic no matter where you find them.
(Photos/images: Metro)

With dozens of different jurisdictions managing over 100 walking and bikings paths and trails in our region, the design of route signs is all over the map. There’s no consistency from one path to the next and many signs are outdated and not nearly as helpful as they should be. Thankfully Metro is working to change that. They plan to put up 400 new signs on paths and trails in 2016.

Oregon will phase out ‘Share the Road’ signs

by on February 25th, 2016 at 2:56 pm

The sign on the left is being phased out in favor of the one on the right.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

What does a “Share the Road” sign mean to you?

The State of Oregon has decided that those signs mean different things to different people so they’ve taken the step of officially phasing them out. Oregon isn’t the first state to do this. Delaware banished Share the Road signs in 2013 after that state’s advocacy group (Bike Delaware) made the case that its ambiguity “invites conflicting interpretations.”

City will install signs in Waterfront Park to discourage unsafe riding

by on September 17th, 2014 at 4:56 pm

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The path in Waterfront Park is no place
to be riding fast.
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland

With the BTA’s Bike Commute Challenge in full swing and warmer than usual weather sticking around, there’s a lot of bike traffic in and around downtown Portland these days. Especially on the Waterfront Park path, which is also popular with joggers, tourists, walkers, and lots of other types of users.

Concerns about unsafe passing and crowded conditions have spurred the Portland Parks Bureau to partner with the Bureau of Transportation to install signs encouraging faster bike riders to use Naito Parkway and all others to ride slowly and use caution when the path is crowded. They’re calling the path a “Pedestrian Priority Zone.”

Here’s a first look at the new signs: (more…)

First look: Warning signs installed near skinny bike lane on Interstate Ave

by on August 15th, 2014 at 12:06 pm

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One of two new signs installed on Interstate. The bike lane narrows to just 3.5 feet wide as it passes under the overpass in the background.
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) has installed new signs on N Interstate Avenue in order to raise awareness of the dangers posed by a narrow bike lane. (more…)

First Look: ODOT’s new I-5/Delta Park bikeway signage

by on December 21st, 2011 at 8:06 am

ODOT has installed 36 new signs to help make it easier for bike traffic to navigate the shared-use path between Delta Park, the Marine Drive interchange, and the I-5 Bridge.

As promised, the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has installed 36 new signs on the bike path between Delta Park and the I-5 bridge. I rode out there yesterday to take a closer look.


ODOT ready to install 29 new bikeway signs near I-5 bridge

by on October 31st, 2011 at 11:34 am

Mock-up of one of 29 new signs
created by ODOT to guide
bike traffic near I-5 bridge.

Last week we reported on unauthorized signage near the I-5 Bridge that was installed by a citizen activist to help bike traffic navigate the winding paths to Vancouver. The person who painted the stencils and posted laminated maps still hasn’t come forward to take credit, but many in the community are hailing them as a hero. The serpentine approach to the I-5 bridge has been a thorn in the side of many people for many years.

We followed up that story with word from the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) that — despite sympathies for frustrated bike riders — they planned to remove the signs eventually because they were non-standard and hadn’t gone through an officially sanctioned process.

And then late Friday afternoon I got a phone call from ODOT Region 1 Manager Jason Tell with some very good news. (more…)

Another unauthorized road sign; this time in Vancouver

by on September 19th, 2011 at 1:04 pm

This sign was posted on NW Lower River Road in Vancouver. It has since been removed.
(Photos: Marcus Griffith)

For the third time this month, an unauthorized road sign has been discovered in the greater Portland metro area; and the trend has now hopped across the Columbia River into Vancouver. (more…)

New markings meant to tame bike traffic

by on November 24th, 2008 at 10:37 am

These new yield markings have been installed to warn bike riders of potential cross traffic.
(Photos © J. Maus)


Right-hook warning, Copenhagen-style

by on November 14th, 2008 at 1:51 pm

In Copenhagen, this sign is placed directly in the bike lane.
See another photo below for another view.
(Photos by Tom Miller)

Copenhagen should become a sister city to Portland. I can barely keep track of all the local planners, politicians, advocates and bureaucrats who have made a pilgrimmage to the “City of Cyclists” this past summer alone. (more…)

With new markings, PDOT hopes ‘Bikes stop’

by on September 26th, 2008 at 10:57 am

New markings in the bike lane on N. Flint at Broadway.
(Photos J. Maus)