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Green Lane Project director in town next week for panel discussion

Posted by on November 30th, 2012 at 2:25 pm

Roskowski at the NACTO Designing Cities conference last month.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Martha Roskowski, the director of the Green Lane Project will be in Portland next week and she’ll moderate a discussion with local transportation officials about bikeway design. The event is set for Tuesday night (12/4) from 6:30 to 8:00 pm and it’s being hosted by the Portland Bureau of Transportation.

Roskowski is the former executive director of Bicycle Colorado who was tapped by the Bikes Belong Foundation to lead the Green Lane Project, which aims to hasten the development of protected bikeways in America. Back in April, Portland was chosen as one of six “focus cities” to take part in the project.

At the event Tuesday night, PBOT says Roskowski will, “lead the discussion focusing on national and international developments in bicycling transportation and how Portland can learn from those advances.” A short video by Streetfilms, Cycling Copenhagen, Through North American Eyes will be shown and audience members will be encouraged to pause the viewing to ask questions of the panelists.

The panel includes PBOT staffers that work on bike-related projects: Rob Burchfield, City Traffic Engineer; Roger Geller, City Bicycle Coordinator; Peter Koonce, Division Manager for Signals, Street Lighting and ITS; and Dan Bower, Division Manager for Active Transportation. PBOT Director Tom Miller will also be on hand to introduce Roskowski.

This should be a great opportunity to learn what PBOT is up to in their quest to reach 25% bicycle mode share by 2030 and to ask those burning bikeway design questions you’ve been wondering about. Find out more details here.

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  • Jim Lee November 30, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Bike lanes should be yellow.

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  • Todd Boulanger November 30, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    Please clarify Jim.

    Yellow? As a [School] bike lane…like how CA DOT marks school crosswalks? Or as the same as a center line marking dividing traffic directional flows?

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  • Alex Reed November 30, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    (1) Martha is my cousin!! (second, once removed or some such) I am pretty stoked about getting to see her!
    (2) Does anyone know the location of this event?

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  • paul g. November 30, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    Portland Building Auditorium, 1120 SW 5th Ave, 2nd floor

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    • Alex Reed December 3, 2012 at 9:33 am


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  • Jim Lee December 1, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Yellow as the new stuff on NE Multnomah, which many riders have mistaken for bike lanes.

    Green implies “go” in our system of traffic control. I have had riders tell me a green lane gives them right-of-way over motor vehicles, even if said vehicle might be turning right. I saw one such person nearly right hooked going up SW Broadway. One WAS right hooked and killed at SW 3rd and Madison, apparently by going too fast and overtaking a large truck making a right turn that had no chance of seeing or avoiding her.

    PBOT is now looking at the dynamics of green paint at intersections, both in lanes and boxes. Seems it does not work so well as people first thought. It even can provoke dangerous behavior; it might even generate legal liability for the city.

    Yellow means “caution” in our system. Perhaps we should mix yellow coloring in pavement at busy intersections to imply “danger,” proceed with care,” for everyone–motorists, cyclists, walkers. Green is a mixture of blue and yellow primaries. Current green lanes verge on yellow already, and it would not take much more yellow to have them perceived as such.

    Yes, everyone uses green, but I am a refractory physicist, theoretical as well, who insists on getting things right. And I should like to see traffic engineers who actually understand the DYNAMICS of cycling.

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  • Jonathan Gordon December 1, 2012 at 11:43 am

    If you haven’t seen the video Jonathan mentions above, check it out. Once again, Clarence Eckerson hits it out of the park!

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