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Riders react to new bike lanes on 52nd

Posted by on July 10th, 2014 at 11:41 am

Over 17 years (17!) after it was first identified as a priority project in the 1996 Bike Master Plan, construction of the 50s Bikeway Project is finally becoming a reality.

Put another way, at long last, new bike lanes are being striped as we type this.

We haven’t gotten out there ourselves to take a look but in the past few days we’ve heard from many readers who are excited to see the progress. So far, we’ve heard almost nothing but praise for the new bike lanes.

Until we can get out there for a more complete look and photo session ourselves, check out what commenters and our friends from Twitter and Facebook are saying so far…

Davemess:

“Yes the 52nd bike lanes feel especially roomy with plenty of space to avoid the door zone on the west side!”

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Spencer B.:

“I just rode SE 52 w/ narrow road lanes AND bikes lanes and ITS AWESOME. Willamette ane EVERY other street with bike routes needs this ASAP. SE STEELE would be a great place to follow the Willamette redesign.”

Oregonian Mamacita:

“… the northbound lane of the new bike lanes on SE 52nd and SE Steele seems like a disaster! Cars can park in the bike lane. I just don’t understand the design. South bound is nice.

Northbound, I see drivers hitting the white stripe, while things are so much better going south- drivers are driving further from the bike lane.

I have observed this as a cyclist and a driver.”

Chris T.:

“There’s been a restriping project on 52nd over the last week which resulted in the installation of bike lanes south of foster. very nice of pbot to do this!”

Cory S.:

“… I ride this stretch everyday on my way to work as it’s the fastest way to connect me to the Springwater Corridor. I can’t wait for them to finish striping. I’m thinking they might be done by the end of this week [June 23rd] on this stretch.”

John McSideburns:

“Just saw the new bike lanes on SE 52nd yesterday evening as I passed on Holgate… pretty sweet!”

We’re looking forward to the completion of this project by the end of this summer. When it’s done, the project will create a bikeway for 4.3 miles between the Alameda Ridge area in northeast Portland down to SE Woodstock Blvd. The treatment will be a mix of six-foot wide bike lanes (south of Division) and neighborhood greenway (speed bumps, 20 mph speed limit, and so on).

Learn more about the project via PBOT or by perusing our story archives.

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I road both ways in the new lanes on the 4th and also found that in the Northbound lane cars were parking in the bike lane. It was right by the cafe Toast. I was curious to know if it was just because people didn’t realize it was a bike lane yet or if they city allows it for some reason. I did notice the parking signs saying 1hr or something like that were still up. Anyone have info on that?

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Please, enlighten me as to how parts of that project work. For instance,
cars can legally park in the bike lane on some stretches, for instance near Toast (SE Steele & 52nd). On other parts, a biker would have to pass a bus because the bus stop and the bike lane conflict. I was looking forward to the improvement- but I am back to riding side streets because I don’t feel that safe on 52nd.

Someone explain the design- I am truly confounded.

davemess
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Now if they could only repave the section of 52nd between Division and Powell that has been torn up for almost 3 MONTHS!!!!
Come on PBOT!

TOM
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I just rode SE 122nd North from Division … big signs warning of upcoming repaving.
Looked at the target area and can not figure out why they are going to tear up street that seems OK, then repave. ?
maybe they have too much money and haven’t told SN about their surplus ?

Spencer
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I did notice a significant reduction in vehicle speeds with the narrower car travel lanes as well. Also, families and small kids are now riding on it.

gutterbunnybikes
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Hopefully it works better then the one put in on SE DIvision (60th to 80th). Bike traffic seems to be up (though how much depends on how many it has stolen from Woodward), but easily at least one third of the riders are still riding on the sidewalks on that stretch of Division.

And honestly (I’m pretty sure I’ll feel the same about this stretch of 52nd which I ride pretty often) I don’t particularly like cars going pass me at 35 mph without slowing down to pass – even within the confines my own provided shoulder to ride in. I’m much more comfortable with them slowing down to pass me when I’ve taken the lane.

9watts
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I was delighted when I encountered them Monday. Rode both ways. Two could ride side by side in one of those, if they were paying attention. Ha!

TOM
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paikiala You could also request enforcement and get the existing signs bagged by calling 823-SAFE.
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thanx for that tip … I will use it.

Pete
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Huh… not a single comment (yet) saying they should have put a cycle-track in here instead… 😉

Oregon Mamacita
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Oh, parking sure is legal in front of Toast. . don’t think they can remove the parking in front of Toast- the convenience store owner would probably raise heck (yes I know the current incarnation of the store is weird- but the owner is not going to give up parking, imho. ) Toast guests often come by car- not everyone is going to want to jaywalk across SE 52nd at brunch time. Then, there are a number of houses where you can’t really tell people their guests can’t park. These are along 52nd between Steele and Holgate. Those are long blocks, and taking out all parking would be problematic for the residents of those homes.

So- I am not sure that parking will be removed.