As promised last week, PDOT is moving ahead quickly with their on-street bike parking program.
The first of four bike corrals slated for downtown Portland has already been installed. The location is SW 3rd and Pine street in front of Stumptown Coffee (a very busy bike destination, especially for Portland bike messengers) and Bijou Cafe.
The new corral stretches over two previous motor vehicle parking spaces and has 12 standard blue staple racks — enough for 24 bicycles. This afternoon, just an hour or so after PDOT crews packed up, the corral was already at about 50% capacity.
The new design is much different from existing corrals in Southeast and North Portland. There is only one rubber curb (at the northern entry to the corral) and one flexible “candlestick” bollard (also at the northern entry). Instead of a rubber border around the corral, PDOT has painted a thick, white stripe (like a crosswalk stop bar). At each end of the corral is a gap in the stripe and a bike symbol with an arrow trying to direct traffic flow into and exiting the corral (PDOT’s concern is people stopping/leaving into the roadway).