have already installed a few sharrows on
N. Bryant Avenue.
This week, the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation will begin to install new signs and pavement markings on bike boulevard streets. The money for the project comes from a $1 million award the city received last year from the the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
PBOT project manager Kyle Chisek said the first of these new signs and markings will be installed in Sellwood, the location of PBOT’s first of many “next generation bike boulevards.” Specifically, the new markings and signage will be installed on SE Spokane Street (6th Avenue to 19th Avenue), SE 19th Avenue (Spokane Street to Linn Street), and on SE Umatilla Street (6th Avenue to 23rd Avenue).
Chisek says, “Sharrows will appear at the start of each block and wayfinding signs will be added where there currently are none.”
After Sellwood, crews will move to North Portland and put new signs and markings on existing bike boulevards and the new bike boulevard coming to North Central Ave. In total, the stimulus-funded project will cover 30 miles of existing bike boulevards and it will help identify 23 miles of new bike boulevards which are slated for completion by June of this year.
Here’s more on the project from the Mayor’s office:
“Currently, Portland’s bicycle boulevards lack consistent pavement markings. The newest bicycle boulevards lack directional signs to identify direct, low-stress routes to commercial and cultural destinations. Many bicycle boulevards lack crossing signage at major arterials on bicycle boulevards to alert drivers that cyclists and pedestrians may be crossing. The ARRA funds will help solve these problems.”
Learn more about PBOT’s bike boulevard plans on their website.