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Sneak peek at PDOT’s “Share the Path” brochure

Posted by on July 10th, 2007 at 10:01 am

Detail of graphics from PDOT’s new Share the Path brochure.
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As part of their proactive effort to increase civility on crowded multi-use paths (like the Esplanade, Waterfront, and Hawthorne Bridge), PDOT has produced a new “Share the Path” brochure.

The brochure has a decidedly non-PDOT look thanks to two students from the Art Institute of Portland who donated their graphic design skills to the project.

Aspiring designers Robb Sturtcman and JP Devries worked with Greg Raisman from PDOT traffic safety and Janis McDonald from the Transportation Options division to create the attractive piece.

Here’s an excerpt from the text on the front of the brochure:

“We’ve put together this brochure to help make sure that walking, bicycling, skating and strolling is fun and safe for everyone. We all know it’s important to share the road – but it’s just as important to share the path…As Dr. Seuss reminds us, “Look at me now, it’s fun to have fun, but you have to know how!””

Funding came from Portland Parks and Recreation and a Safe Communities Grant from PDOT. On July 19th, PDOT will host a special, “I Share the Multi-use Path” field trip event and ride as part of their monthly Bicycle Brown Bag discussion series.

Watch for the brochures at upcoming community events.

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  • isamu July 10, 2007 at 10:38 am


    bwahaha, not happening.

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  • bicycledave July 10, 2007 at 1:18 pm

    Nice Graphics. I especially like the bicyclist who looks like his head is about to explode in Do Not Block Trail.

    More effective than a brochure would be to make those 6 graphics into signs. They could be spaced out like the old Burma Shave signs and placed near entrances to the paths.

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  • Matt Picio July 10, 2007 at 2:32 pm

    I like it.

    \”Share the path\”
    \”Use lights when dark\”
    \”Don\’t misbehave\”
    \”Burma Shave\”

    Or mix it up with a Wall Drug sign.

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  • Jeff July 10, 2007 at 3:59 pm

    Signage is a good idea, I think. The problem with the brochure is that anyone interested/proactive enough to read it is unlikely to glean much information. The biggest problem is casual trail users who don\’t quite grasp the relevant etiquette. Or so I assume, as they seem surprised and flustered to encounter other traffic on the trail moving at different rates of speed.

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  • dayaram July 10, 2007 at 4:20 pm

    yes signage would be the better choice in terms of \’educating\’ ALL users including the bikers that feel they have to \’fly\’ through the other folks!!!

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  • Cecil July 10, 2007 at 4:21 pm

    Another vote for signage – esp. given the quality of these graphics – my only concern is that the graphics are not all necessarily self-explanatory, so non-English speakers or non-readers may be confused . . . but then, we deal with confused people on the MUPs every day – it would be nice even if there were simply fewer of them

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  • SKiDmark July 10, 2007 at 7:50 pm

    They forget one : ride with traffic. I see so many people riding against traffic.

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  • mommy July 10, 2007 at 8:49 pm

    that\’s great – I especially like the \”slower traffic gets the right of way\” reminder.

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  • Mr. Viddy July 11, 2007 at 12:22 pm

    Meh, nice graphics but this is not going to change things at all. I keep telling people, education has to start at the beginning of the licensing process and in schools that offer drivers ed.

    People need to be educated early on when it comes to such things as sharing the road and being aware of cyclists. Some people are just old dogs now and it is too hard to teach them new tricks.

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  • janis July 12, 2007 at 7:46 am

    I agree that education has to happen. Unfortunately, teenagers can get their licenses without taking drivers ed. Their parents can take them out and teach them to drive- so habits are being passed on. Plus, not enough education has been taught to drivers about how to drive with cyclists, not to mention some of the laws have changed for cyclists. Plus, there are more cyclists on the roads and not all of them are predictible or obey the traffic laws themselves.

    But this is about sharing the mulit-use paths. It is about common sense and courtesy. Just as cyclists (most) don\’t like cars whizzing by them fast neither do pedestrians. I know…we can handle our bikes and know what we are doing…it is those unpredictible pedestrians or slow riders that we have to watch out for. (Yes, that was sarcasm – because I hear the same thing from drivers).

    I hope everyone joins us at the Bicycle Brown Bag on July 19th. For those of you that are going to bike meet us at the Portland Building. For those that will travel by foot or bus, meet us on Esplanade by the Fire Station.

    Cheers and watch out for each other out there. janis

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