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Here are the Portland Bicycle Advisory Committee’s top 10 priorities citywide

Posted by on February 27th, 2015 at 1:55 pm

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As we reported earlier this week, the City of Portland is trying to hone its massive transportation to-do list by asking people to rank their 10 favorite projects.

In a letter circulated this week, the citizens’ committee that’s most closely tied to Portland’s biking policies shared theirs.

Here’s the list, with a links to past coverage of each project:

1) A biking-walking bridge across Interstate 84 between NE 7th, 8th and/or 9th Avenues. This would create the most comfortable inland freeway crossing in the city between inner Northeast and Southeast Portland, linking the rapidly redeveloping Lloyd District and enabling a “green loop” of comfortable bikeways ringing the central city. $8.3 million.

2) Northeast Broadway Corridor improvements from the Broadway Bridge to NE 24th. This would link up to an anticipated protected bike lane on NW/SW Broadway all the way to maybe the #1 biking destination in the city: Portland State University. $3.5 million.

3) Terwilliger Bikeway Gaps. These would create a continuous bike lane over the hills above Barbur Boulevard and through Southwest Portland past another major biking destination, Oregon Health and Science University. $1 million.

4) Inner Barbur Corridor improvements. The needlessly wide stretch of road between Terwilliger and SW 3rd sometimes known as the Barbur Woods, where the land is mostly flat but the bike lanes end at two bridges and one person dies per year. $3.7 million.

5) I-205 undercrossing at NE Hancock and I-205. Connecting the 82nd Avenue area near Rocky Butte to Gateway Green and ultimately the developing Gateway regional center. $2 million.

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6) 4M Neighborhood Greenway. A neighborhood greenway, already fully planned, snaking from the I-205 path past David Douglas High School and eastward to the Gresham border. $450,000.

7) 122nd Avenue Corridor Improvements from NE Sandy to SE Foster. Bike lane, sidewalk and public transit stop improvements on East Portland’s most important north-south street. TriMet has said it would upgrade the 71 bus to frequent service if changes like these are made. $8 million.

8) North Portland Greenway Trail from Swan Island to the Rose Quarter. A direct link between two of the city’s fastest-growing job areas, Swan Island and the Central Eastside, and part of a continuous off-road path from the tip of the St Johns peninsula to the Springwater Corridor. $7.3 million.

9) Portland Bike Share. Using shared bicycles to create an active and supremely cheap form of all-hours public transit in the central city and surrounding neighborhoods. $4.5 million.

10) NW Flanders Neighborhood Greenway, including a biking-walking bridge across I-405. The first comfortable link between downtown Portland and the city’s densest residential neighborhood, connecting to the Steel Bridge and TriMet MAX. $3 million.

BAC Chair Ian Stude said this week that the committee devoted a lot of effort to building this list, drawing on what he said is a geographically diverse membership and striving to serve a mix of neighborhoods and populations.

In its letter, the committee added:

The PBAC has concerns about the overall project selection for the TSP constrained and unconstrained list and how this aligns with the need to equitably distribute these projects throughout the city. However, we have identified 10 high priority projects from the list of 290 currently listed in the TSP draft. We ask that PSC and PBOT prioritize these projects as critical improvements to the transportation network.

How do you think they did? Whether you disagree with any (as reader Terry D-M did, vociferously and with data) or agree wholeheartedly, it’s not too late contact the city by email or using its online Map App tool.

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This is a great project list. I’m especially excited about Broadway and bike share. The city has a great opportunity to create a world-class separated bike facility on Broadway, and this could set the example for later projects. Bike share will get more riders on the road and hopefully accelerate more bike projects. Leah Treat is supposed to announce a launch date for bike share by end of year.

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Granpa

The idea of a tunnel under I-205 is vastly inferior to a bridge. The tunnel will harbor the homeless, the tunnel will not be visible to the outside, and I can almost smell the pungent ammonia smell, and I am miles and a decade away from this feature.

rick
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rick

Terwilliger will need the bike upgrades when the BES sewer work is taking place by Power Court.

Kyle
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Kyle

The 4M greenway would give me a great alternative to Springwater to get out to east county!

Alex
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Alex

No off-road cycling improvements listed? It is part of becoming a platinum listed city, isn’t it?

Blake
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I am excited to see the lower section of the NP Greenway trail added. There has been a lot of work put into adding real infrastructure for people coming from N PDX to points in Downtown, SE and SW Portland that doesn’t involve braving Interstate. The link attached to my name, gives a few nearer-term changes that PBOT should make to improve safety on N Interstate Ave between Tillamook and the Rose Quarter before the NP Greenway is built.

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m

Where’s the Sullivan’s Gulch trail???

The NE Broadway project is a complete waste of time, money and effort with the existing quieter, safer, healthier, and faster NE Tillamook right next door.

This NE Broadway project is more about calming car traffic by reducing lanes than it is about improving biking opportunities. It will cause lots of political damage. The increased traffic density will cause drivers to simply move over to previously quiet streets like my wonderful Tillamook thoroughfare. Please say no to this project.

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soren

We’ve been discussing many of these projects for years. I’d like to see a shorter list with some project start dates.

Michael
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Michael

I think Barbur should be at or near the top of the list; and other areas where cyclists and pedestrians have been killed over the past few years. I recall seeing a maps at the end of 2014 and end of 2013 that showed those locations. Those locations should be the top priority if we are serious about becoming a so-called Vision Zero city. Many of the items listed here would be nice (biking walking bridge over I-84 or improvements to NE Broadway for example), but don’t fit, in my mind, as an the most urgent.

Chris Anderson
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I’d like to see upgrading the Greenways with real diversion, and doing Commercial Greenways in places like E 28th, NE Alberta, and NW 23rd, somewhere on an actually happens list.

How about instead of watering everything down through endless public process, we just build it all the right way, and then have public process to decide which one or two to revert? Livable-by-default not by exception.

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davemess

I’m impressed that Outer/East projects actually got 3 out of 10 on this list. Wasn’t expecting that many.

Gregg
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Imagine a Portland where ALL of these projects got funded and built starting immediately. What a huge boost it would be for the city.

Terry D-M
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Terry D-M

All ten of these projects need to be built ASAP….though I still think $3 million for Flanders is WAY under budgeted. I agree on those that were dropped, though this still leaves much of the city left out. it is only the “top projects.”

Gerald Fittipaldi
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Gerald Fittipaldi

I’m amazed that nothing is included for the one area that serves all Portlanders and also has the most potential for creating a meaningful, safe and welcoming bicycle network: DOWNTOWN PORTLAND (PSU campus, NW/SW Broadway, Park Blocks, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th). Portland is perhaps the ONLY “bicycle friendly” city that lacks any sort of bike network in its downtown … the place that has the most destinations and the highest demand for safe and comfortable bike facilities. This should absolutely be in the top 3.

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tom

my wish list is small. id like to see the naito pkwy gap underneath the steel bridge completed and some super bright led lighting along the esplanade. its c.h.u.d. city after dark. so many vagrants getting in fights, drinking and general illegal hijinx. its like running the gauntlet after 7 pm along there. not safe…..