This morning on the northwest corner of SE 36th and SE Hawthorne Blvd., crews installed the long–awaited bike oasis parking structure. The $40,000 project is part of PDOT’s Hawthorne Boulevard Project.
The new bike parking structure sits on a newly-extended curb (that took away 1 1/2 motor vehicle parking spaces) and offers cyclists a covered, protected area to lock up. The facility consists of steel framework (that will eventually be covered with glass that will extend six inches beyond the ribbing) and there are 10 mini-staple racks placed in an offset pattern.
I met Project manager Jean Senechal-Biggs at the location this morning and she says the offset alignment of the mini-staples was done to maximize the capacity of the facility. She also said that the bike oasis coming to Sandy Boulevard (at NE 43rd) will be a carbon-copy of this one (except for being a different color).
In addition to ten staple racks, the bike oasis will have a sign with educational resources for bicyclists and pedestrians.
The concept for the bike oasis was develop by Rick Browning of Portland-based Browning Shono Architects and the PDOT structural engineer on the project was Manchi Lai.
Lai told me this morning that the structure has a 6′ x 6′ x 2′ underground footing that has been designed to withstand a 10,000 pound impact (which is what highway structures are rated to).
Although the racks and the structure will be securely anchored to the sidewalk by this afternoon, project manager Senechal-Biggs asks that cyclists refrain from using the facility until the glass roof has been installed (it’s not yet known when that will happen).
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