Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on April 7th, 2008 at 9:37 am
near South Waterfront.
(Photos © J. Maus)
With Portland’s streetcar plans heating up, and a recent TriMet bus/bike collision that claimed the life of a Beaverton boy, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) wants to know more about your experiences and comfort level when biking around transit.
The BTA, in partnership with the Lloyd District Transportation Management Association’s Bike Committee, launched a survey this morning to learn more about biking conditions in the metro area specifically around bus routes and streetcar/MAX tracks.
I took the survey last night and shared my relative comfort level in biking around buses, streetcar tracks, and MAX tracks. The survey also asked whether or not I’d fallen on tracks and if so, to list specific locations and circumstances. This information could be used by TriMet to find (and then possibly re-engineer) bike/MAX problem spots.
One question asked how I would rank three bikeway design options for riding near streetcar or MAX tracks. The options were; “Euro-style” separated cycle-tracks (like this one), putting the bike route on a completely different street than the tracks, or installing an on-street bike lane to the right of tracks (like the photo at right).
The BTA’s says the information they gather from this survey will help inform their advocacy and education work. The Lloyd District TMA is also interested (and has helped fund the survey) because they want to make sure the upcoming streetcar on NE 7th is designed in the best possible way to mitigate any potential conflicts with their future bikeway design plans.
The survey takes 5-7 minutes and the results will be made public when available. – TAKE THE SURVEY ONLINE –
Get involved with Portland’s streetcar plans. Visit their Streetcar System Plan website, and attend workshops (all this week throughout Portland) to offer feedback.