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City launches web survey and open house for Ankeny diverter project

Posted by on April 21st, 2016 at 8:54 am

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Detail of city plans for diversion at SE Ankeny and 15th. More detail here.

Portland’s mission to upgrade its first-generation bike boulevards into lower-stress neighborhood greenways is continuing.

With the trial diverters on Clinton Street’s neighborhood greenway in place working pretty well to control traffic volumes there, the city is now looking to reduce auto speeds and volumes on another important bikeway identified last year as being uncomfortable for people of all ages to bike on: Southeast Ankeny.

“As part of the proposed improvements, nine speedbumps will be installed, two speedbumps will be removed, a traffic diverter will be installed at 15th Avenue, and six stop signs will be re-oriented on Ash and Pine Streets,” the city says.

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We reported last month that the city was rebooting this project. It’ll be the first significant project for a new city engineer dedicated to small, flexible upgrades like this one.

The goal is to preserve car access to all points on Ankeny while preventing people from simply using Ankeny as a primary auto travel route during rush hour.

The city will discuss those proposals at an open house next week at Buckman Arts Focus Elementary School, 320 SE 16th Ave., from 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27.

There’s also an online survey intended for people who either live or do business on Ankeny Street in the “project area” between 13th and 27th avenues. You can read more about the project on the city’s website.

Correction 2 pm: An earlier version of this post gave the wrong time for tonight’s open house.

— Michael Andersen, (503) 333-7824 – michael@bikeportland.org

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Ted Timmons (Contributor)
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I ride through here a bit. The church gets oddly busy, and as someone told me it seems like their congregation is not local and not used to driving in modern Portland.

But 20th bothers me more than here. It’ll certainly help reducing traffic from/to Stark though.

Bald One
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Bald One

Love the diagonal diverter, less pleased with only one, narrow perforation per direction for bikes to get through. City needs to let more bikes through at one time, reduce conflicts among cyclists. Lining up to enter the chute is for cattle, not bikes.

eawrist
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eawrist

Go PBOT!

rick
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rick

It needs vegetation and trees.

Skid
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Skid

Why not just block auto access at 12th?

Daniel
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Daniel

At first I thought the photo of the proposed diverter was just a bad mockup, but on looking closer at the plans I see that it DOES seem to be the design! i.e., they’re wanting to change it from bicycles going straight through the intersection through bicycles needing to CROSS A CURVED LANE OF ONCOMING TRAFFIC and then wiggle through a diverter (like the old one on NE Tillamook, I think). If that’s indeed the design then I’m against this. The new diverter at SE Clinton and ~17th is a better design IMHO.

Daniel
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Daniel

Also, one speed bump nearly every block is overkill for 20th thru 28th. Part of what makes Ankeny so nice to is that it’s a smooth, flat ride. I hate speed bumps when biking, especially when I’m carrying something on my rack.

MaxD
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MaxD

They NEED to paint stop bars when they add/change stop signs. The signs are often blocked and there is a lot of stop sign running in the Central Eastside. It is crazy, IMO, to invest so much in Ankeny with\out any work on the truly stressful and dangerous spots: crossing 12th, 11th-Sandy and MLK.

12th may benefit from curb extensions and possibly an all-way stop sign. MLK needs a signal and an overhead sign notifying drivers this is one-way (I work near this intersection and see drivers turn the wrong way here nearly every day!).

For 11th-Sandy: extend the 12th/11th couplet north to Couch making 11th 1-way south from Couch. Make Sandy 1-way NEbound . Prohibit left turns from Sandy to Ankeny. Reconfigure he intersection into a roundabout.

Adam
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Needs way more diversion. And ditch the speed bumps. Drivers don’t slow down for them anyway because they are too shallow and they just make it more uncomfortable to bike. If PBOT insists on speed bumps, then at least make them raised crosswalks.

lahar
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lahar

I would like to have another diverter placed on SE 26th or 27th to dissuade the Central Catholic kids from using Ankeny as cut through street from 39th to Central Catholic.

soren
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The proposed changes are part of a small projects program so there is very limited funding. If you want to see additional improvements please comment at the openhouse and consider participating in BikeLoudPDX’s SaferAnkeny subgroup (bikeloudpdx.org).

I wear many hats
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I wear many hats

I think the diagnol is better. Its hard to see over the barrels on clinton due to their height. Small passenger cars cannot see over the planters.

MaxD
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MaxD

Why rotate the stop signs on Pine at 16th and 18th? It makes biking on 16th worse, especially northbound. It also encourages high speeds from 19th to t15th, right past an elementary school! Seems like the wrong move to me.

Ted Buehler
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Nice work, PBOT!

Ted Buehler

Adam
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Adam

So stoked for this to be implemented!!! I filled out the I online survey and voiced my support!

RushHourAlleycat
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I’m not a big fan of navigating a street that has the diverters. They keep me in a narrow little line instead of the.. creative.. riding style I otherwise employ.