Lents residents plan bike boulevard ride

Posted by on June 11th, 2009 at 12:43 pm

Lents looks to be more bike-friendly.

A potential new baseball stadium isn’t the only hot topic in the Lents neighborhood these days.

Residents have teamed up with community organizations and the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation to start identifying a network of low-traffic bike boulevard streets.

It all started when PBOT traffic/bike safety specialist Greg Raisman spoke at a health conference at Oregon Health Sciences University. That talk sparked conversations with the non-profit Community Health Partnership and then Healthy Active Lents, who has since taken the lead role.

This Sunday (6/14), Raisman and PBOT bike planner Denver Igarta will lead the Lents Bike Boulevard Ride to kick off the effort. Jess Laventall is a board member of the Lents Neighborhood Association. He says riding in Lents is, “Often forgotten about, but it shouldn’t be.”

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Laventall said the key barrier to riding in Lents is (not surprisingly) getting across SE 82nd Ave. In addition to a safe and efficient crossing of 82nd, Laventall hopes to identify better bike connections to the Eastport Plaza Shopping Center (to the north) and to fix the very dangerous intersection at SE Foster and Holgate.

Laventall is excited about new bike lanes that are slated to be installed on SE Holgate and the upcoming improvements to the I-205 bike path (what he calls the “critical north-south route”). Laventall says this Sunday’s bike boulevard ride as “one of those rare, positive bike events in outer southeast”.

The ride is free and will feature bike repairs by Bike Gallery, a helmet fitting station (with some free helmets, courtesy of the BTA), and a kids ride and safety class. Before ending at the Lents Farmers Market, Raisman will lead a tour of existing and potential bike infrastructure. The ride will happen this Sunday, 6/14. It starts at 9:30am from Kelly Elementary (9030 SE Cooper).

More info on the ride at ILoveLents.com.

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Lillian
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Date for the ride would be helpful?

this sunday, 6/14.. I linked to more info Lily… geez 😉 — Jonathan

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twistyaction

@ Lillian: From the article above:

“This Sunday, Raisman and PBOT bike planner Denver Igarta will lead the Lents Bike Boulevard Ride”

This Sunday is the 14th of June, 2009.

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KruckyBoy

Great News. As a FoPo resident I often find myself riding through Lents getting hung up at all the places described above. A few basic tweaks would go a long way at linking the inner and outer cores of PDX. Will do everything I can to ride along.

Tony Fuentes
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Very cool.

On related Lents and outer SE in general bike note, it would be great to have the surface on the Springwater redone in that area. Once you get past Johnson Tideman Park heading to Gresham, the asphalt really nosedives in overall condition.

Also, although the stadium issue may seem tangential to bike improvements in Lents, it is worth noting that the URA funding that is being eyed for potential stadium development could be used for transportation infrastructure improvements among other things (business development, affordable housing, etc.).

Jacob
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Jacob

Tony,

IIRC SWC will be resurfaced starting east of Johnson Creek.

I could be wrong but I remember something about that happening, isn’t it one of the only bike improvements we’re getting out of the stimulus?

I could be wrong, it’s happened before.

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KimJSCP

This is a great thing and long overdue. However, I am confused about the Foster/Holgate intersection. While there is no doubt that this is a bad intersection and that it needs to be fixed, it is not in the Lents neighborhood. In fact, it is about 1 mile to the west and shared by the Mt. Scott/Arleta and Foster/Powell neighborhoods.

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Stig2

Great event. Lots of folks showed up. Peter from the Bike Gallery was fantastic, repairing and tuning bikes.

Perhaps 60 or so riders showed up, maybe more with all of the children and well organized.

eli bishop
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eli bishop

ack. it was actually scheduled for 10 a.m., so i got there 30mins early. 😛 but i learned a neat snickleway through eastport plaza!