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Wider bike lanes coming to North Willamette Blvd

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
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One more foot of space is coming in the few weeks.
(Photo J. Maus/BikePortland)

By the end of this month, people will get a little bit more room when riding on Willamette Boulevard in north Portland.

City mulls wider bike lanes on N. Willamette Blvd

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014
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The biking conditions on N Willamette Blvd leave a lot to be desired.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

Could this finally be our chance to get a bit of an improvement to the biking environment on a key north Portland corridor? It might be, if the Portland Bureau of Transportation moves forward on a plan to widen the bike lanes on N. Willamette Blvd.

The move comes as city road crews embark on a major re-paving project that will rebuild 2.36 lane miles between N Portsmouth (near University of Portland) and N Woolsey (near Columbia Park). The project was announced last week and began on Monday.

Upon hearing about the paving project we asked if any lane re-striping was being considered. PBOT has a history of widening and re-striping bike lanes when roads are re-paved. Since striping has to be re-done anyways, these projects are a good opportunity to assess capacity needs and make needed changes. (more…)

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