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Lincoln Diverters, Bumps at Richmond NA on Mon. Aug 14

Subscriber Post by Doug Klotz on August 11th, 2017 at 8:31 am

PBOT has plans for 2 new diverters (at 26th and at 50th) and 30(!) new speed bumps on Ladd, Harrison and Lincoln, 12th to 60th. Sheila Parrott will give a presentation and ask for a letter of support at the Richmond Neighborhood Association meeting on Mon., Aug. 14, at 7 PM, at Waverly Church, 3300 SE Woodward.

Parrot has been to the Mt. Tabor and HAND associations, with no support letters so far, AFAIK. Harrison and Lincoln have seen increased cut-through traffic since the Clinton diverters were added. At the Mt. Tabor association, some board members were opposed to the 50th diverter, since it would mean less traffic on Lincoln, but more going down 50th. Some cyclists would rather see more diverters and less speed bumps. Staff have argued that the $20,000 cost of diverters is an important factor, compared to $2000 speed bumps.

Let the city, and the RNA, know your thoughts on this, Monday night at 7:00! City plans seem to include asking for neighborhood support, before holding an advertised city-sponsored open house.

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  • working class guy August 12, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    More speed bumps, less diverters, that way EVERYONE can share the roads that they have the right to use at a reasonable speed.

    A healthy body needs free flowing major arteries and smaller capillaries so all types of blood cells can get where they need to go, plug up the capillaries and strokes can happen.

    And don’t forget, unless you live upstairs and work downstairs in the same building, we ALL are cut through traffic. Stop discriminating against lower income people who are continually pushed farther and farther out of the city, not everyone can afford to live just a short bike ride from their job.

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    • alankessler August 12, 2017 at 8:13 pm

      Wow, whoever this guy is, he’s way less than bike friendly. If you think cars are the lifeblood of a city, perhaps move back to L.A.?

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      • working class guy August 13, 2017 at 11:31 am

        I’m not from LA, sorry. Why the assumption that everyone who doesn’t think like you is a recent transplant from Cali? kind of cliche really. I have a garage full of bikes and I get to work on 2 wheels, year round, unless it’s icy out, how about you? After 2 hit and run accidents on a bike vs cars on Hawthorne and on 39th, i prefer to commute on the slower traffic side streets.
        A lot of people out here on the east side do need cars/trucks to do their jobs, like construction workers, the landscapers who maintain the yards of close in yuppies who are too lazy to mow their own lawns, single parents that need to buy a weeks worth of groceries in one trip, ect…

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  • Doug Klotz August 12, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    To clarify, by “cut-through traffic” I meant auto commuter traffic that uses local streets rather than designated arterial streets. Attend the meeting and share your thoughts!

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  • JeffS September 8, 2017 at 10:57 am

    As a cyclists, speed bumps do nothing but slow me down as cars in front of me brake too heavily to cross them, usually from an already reasonable speed.

    There’s a disconnect between how drivers should cross them and how they do cross them, resulting in inefficient traffic flow and increased fuel expenditures.

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  • ArriveAlive October 1, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    I bike 5 days/week on Lincoln-Harrison year-round from the 52nd Ave bikeways down to (and then through) Ladd’s Addition en route to the Tilikum. The traffic has increased dramatically in the past 6-9 months and most of the cars appear to be speeding. Doug is right that it’s true cut-through traffic. Apps like Waze and Google maps show traffic in real time and show Lincoln as an alternate route (i.e. when traffic is heavy/slow on Hawthorne and Division. I am an experienced cyclist and find the speed and the closeness of the cars unnerving. I also REALLY do not like having to use my bike to body block Uber and Lyft drivers or garden-variety jerks from preventing kids from crossing when they have the right of way, which has happened recently. I am all for diverters and speed bumps or anything that will restore Lincoln/Harrison to being a safe route for cyclists and pedestrians. I’m tough (I used to bike in NYC) and I’ve been scared more than once by aggressive drivers.

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  • Phil Richman October 5, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    Yesterday I happened upon the diverter markings at 26th and Lincoln. I was glad to see the markings because there were 3 cars clearly cutting through and one of them made sure to pass me at a high speed, which wasn’t really necessary since I was heading down hill at ~20 MPH. Diverters should be standard on neighborhood greenways.

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