Posted by Elly Blue (Columnist) on August 28th, 2009 at 10:53 am
(Photos © J. Maus)
Mayor Sam Adams’ office has just announced that the new cycletrack on SW Broadway will open this Monday, August 31st, in a 2:00pm ceremony on the Portland State University campus.
The opening press conference will be held with Mayor Adams, PSU president (and transportational bicycling enthusiast) Wim Wiewel, and BTA executive director Scott Bricker, in the carfree breezeway beside the intersection of SW Broadway & SW Harrison, between the Smith Center and Neuberger Hall.
This cycletrack project has come to fruition rapidly, and has its origins in the mayor’s First 100 Days Action Plan. Adams first announced the project in April after plans fell through for a similar facility in the North Park Blocks. In May, we reported on the city’s process of designing the facility to prevent conflicts with turning vehicles and to address legal issues.
A cycletrack is a physically separated bike path. It will run from SW Jackson to SW Clay, through the heart of the PSU campus.
For more on what a cycletrack entails, the city has a detailed FAQ with photos.