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Bridge bicycle counts up 20 percent

Posted by on September 5th, 2006 at 8:46 am

Bridge Pedal 2006

PDOT is close to releasing their 2006 bridge counts and so far the results are very exciting. In 2005, the average daily bicycle traffic over the four main downtown bridges was up over 10,000 for the first time ever and showed a three-fold increase from 1995.

This year, preliminary reports show a 20% increase over last year (the bridges included in the count are the Steel, Broadway, Hawthorne and Burnside).

PDOT has yet to release final numbers on the Burnside, but according to city bicycle coordinator Roger Geller, all the numbers are way up,

“What we’ve seen on the other 3 bridges—as well as at other locations throughout the city—is pretty impressive. On the Steel, Broadway, and Hawthorne, we’ve seen an increase from last year of 12%, 37%, and 15%, respectively. On these 3 bridges overall we’ve seen a 20% increase in bicycle trips compared to last year.”

Geller is currently at a professional conference in Madison Wisconsin, but I expect final numbers from PDOT sometime this week.

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    jon xor September 5, 2006 at 10:48 am

    i wonder if these numbers take into account all the construction going on. for example, i have been avoiding the burnside bridge as a rule. but i guess, technically, i gotta get across the river somehow — so the numbers may balance out. ?

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    revphil September 5, 2006 at 12:57 pm

    the mantra goes like this, “if we build it they will ride” more appropriate infrastructure will yield more appropriate transportation.

    someday stats on morrison and freemont may be applicable

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    Brad September 5, 2006 at 1:11 pm

    How many riders / peds would it take to get a dedicated bike and pedestrian span across the Willamette? I have seen such bridges in England and I think it would be a great addition to our riverscape. A connector from the Eastbank Esplanade to Waterfront Park between the Morrison and Hawthorne would be a commuter’s dream.

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    Cate September 5, 2006 at 1:25 pm

    revphil said: “if we build it they will ride”. Bingo. Now the City just needs to put that mantra into practice in SW Portland.

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    Matt P. September 5, 2006 at 1:44 pm

    The 37% increase on the Broadway bridge is probably due to construction the prior year. If you factor that in, I wouldn’t be surprised if the increase on the Broadway settled into the 12-15% of the other two bridges. I would also expect the Burnside numbers to be down due to the current contstruction (or at least flat).

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    Matt P. September 5, 2006 at 1:48 pm

    Seconding Brad – bike improvements to the Morrison bridge would be nice, too. There’s a connecting ramp to the Esplanade from the south sidewalk of the Morrison bridge, but no equivalent on the north side. That’s fine for pedestrians, but how about a little bike love for that bridge?

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    nick September 5, 2006 at 9:32 pm

    i like brad’s idea, and i am thinking some dedicated bike lanes might be nice. and by “bike lane,” i mean a car-width lane. it would be interesting to see how many people feel it is finally safe enough to ride if they had more than 2.5-3 feet of road to themselves. i dream of having an 8-foot-wide, bikes-only lane on broadway.

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    Scout September 6, 2006 at 4:26 am

    revphil: I work for the county bridge department, and (though I’m just a peon) I was happy to learn recently that a dedicated bike lane is in the works for the Morrison Bridge.

    As the second to last rung on the ladder, I know of no specific dates or exact plans, but I was delighted to hear that progress is being made nonetheless. Since I really love my job and love working for the bridge department, I’m hardly the most unbiased source of information, but I still feel good whenever I hear news like this.

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    Matt P. September 6, 2006 at 9:20 am

    That would seriously rock, and finally all the non-freeway bridges in the downtown area would be bike-enabled.

    Now if we can only fix the problems on the St. John’s and Sellwood bridges. (although Sellwood might be in the works)

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    Evan Manvel, BTA September 8, 2006 at 8:56 am

    The Morrison is scheduled for construction in 2008. It was previously scheduled for 2006, but postponed due to traffic concerns with all the other construction.

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