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Events tonight: Foster Road Open House, Bikes & Tech, West End Bikes party and more

Posted by on December 5th, 2013 at 11:00 am

New design for Foster Rd will be front and center at
open house event tonight.

It’s another one of those nights in Portland where there’s a ton of great bike-related events going on. Fortunately for you, we’ve put together a nice menu to aid in your selection…

The big advocacy event tonight is an open house for the City’s Foster Road Streetscape Plan (6-8pm at SE Works on SE Foster and 78th). As we shared back in October, a citizen committee already approved the City’s ideas for re-allocating the roadway to make room for bicycle access. Now the public-at-large will get a chance to see those plans and weigh in with their feedback.

Foster area resident Nick Falbo was on that committee and he also happens to be a very talented urban planner/graphics maker. To help promote tonight’s Open House and give folks a greater sense of historical context, he created a very cool timeline inforgraphic and posted it on the Foster United blog. “I find it helps put people in the right mindset for thinking about plan making, and thinking about an alternate future from what is there today,” Nick wrote on the Active Right of Way email list this morning, “Every 50 years or so there is a fundamental shift in who, how and what Foster Road serves, and a similar story has played out on almost every street in Portland.”

Check it out…

If Foster isn’t interesting to you, how about an event that brings together local leaders from the tech and bike worlds and mixes in a bit of ancient Samurai art? Bikes+Tech Samurai Happy Hour (Portland Art Museum at 5:30pm) is the brainchild of Justin Yuen, the founder of local social networking software company FMYI and Grouptrail, board member of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, and huge cycling fan. Justin’s goal for the event is to demonstrate the strong support for bicycling that exists in the booming local tech industry and to bring tech and bike leaders together to make that alliance even stronger. Check out a list of attendees and get RSVP information here. (Please note: This is a private event. Sorry for any confusion.)

A very cool option for tonight would be to swing by West End Bikes for their Mission Workshop Holiday Launch Party (5-8pm, SW 11th and Stark), then roll over to the Bikes+Tech event. If you’re not already familiar with them, Mission Workshop makes excellent urban bike apparel from their San Francisco headquarters and West End Bikes is their largest dealer in area. The party will be a chance to see their latest range, meet the nice folks at West End, and enjoy a beverage.

If you’re reading this from Vancouver and want to get involved with a great annual holiday tradition, Bike Clark County is headed over to Waste Connections for their annual holiday bike build project. BCC will help the company inspect and tune-up about 450 bikes that will be given to area kids in need. Come join in the holiday spirit and bring some tools and a workstand if you’ve got one. Pizza will be provided. The fun starts tonight at 5 pm at Columbia Machine (107 South Grand Boulevard).

Have fun and stay warm out there!

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Humongous Ed
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I have concerns about that design.

First of all, the bake lane goes right to the very edge of the parking area, with no buffer. The diagram even shows someone riding in the door zone! They should but a striped vuffer there to remind people not to ride there.

Next, the say that the main traffic lane is “streetcar ready”. What happens once the streetcar goes in? Will they put stops on islands that block the bike lane, forcing bikes to swerve into traffic at every stop? Or do they make pedestrians cross the bike lane to get onto the streetcar, inevitably causing bike-ped conflicts? And how are cars supposed to pass the streetcar at stops- do they drive in the left turn lane? And how are bikes supposed to get in/out of the bike lane without making dangerous shallow crossings over the streetcar tracks?

The only thing I like about this is that it will calm traffic by forcing it into a single main travel lane. But you could achieve that better and more easily by just lowering the speed limit.

Nick Falbo
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Nick Falbo

You raise many good questions. Do you ride/live near Foster? Please come to the open house.

The bike lanes are at least 6ft wide, which is wide enough to be considered out of the door zone.

The streetcar wont come to Foster for a long, long time. When it does I have no doubt the design will be revisited (and I hope the mucho dinero that comes with streetcar improvements can pay to significantly upgrade the bikeway.) Our only role in thinking about streetcar during this process was making sure there was 11 ft of space available.

Speed limit changes are usually more complicated than you’d think. It is very difficult to change speed limits without accompanying changes to the roadway itself. The changes proposed here will have a lasting, real effect on driver behavior and pedestrian safety. With them PBOT will apply to lower the limit to 30 mph. Without the changes, a speed limit reduction would probably be denied.

Humongous Ed
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Humongous Ed

So then ticket the drivers who break the speed limit. That’s not a hard problem to solve.

resopmok
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resopmok

I wish there had been better advertising for the open house. I might’ve been able to attend if I’d had more than 7 hours notice, and I do live in the area and would actually make use of facilities on Foster when they are built. Maybe Bikeportland didn’t know about it either, but it sure seems like a good way to prevent people from attending, if you don’t tell them about it.

Veener
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Veener

For folks in the neighborhood there were mailers sent out about 1 or 2 weeks in advance.

davemess
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davemess

There are quite a few driveways on Foster, in addition to all the intersecting streets, and I think they plan on people also using the turn lane as a merge lane (like on 82nd) or “suicide lane”. Also a little more of a compromise to try to pacify angry motorists.

Mark Syme (@MarkBikeFanatic)
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Ahhh, this all makes me so jealous. Thought and feedback involved in cycling infrastructure is a bit of an alien notion to my local council – more like, “we’ve got some green paint to use up so let’s put 3 metre’s of bike lane here so turning cars can use it” *rant over*