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PBOT unveils new designs, online survey for SW Multnomah/Garden Home project

Posted by on December 20th, 2018 at 2:47 pm

Latest design from PBOT. Note the prohibition on driving via 69th on the right.

Unfortunately we posted our story on the City of Portland’s SW Multnomah/Garden Home intersection project one day too soon.

This morning PBOT sent over the latest concept designs, which show significant changes from the designs many of you are discussing over on yesterday’s post. They’ve also just released an online survey to formally capture feedback.

The two basic concepts we shared yesterday are still the ones under consideration; either a roundabout or a signalized configuration. But check out these new drawings before making up your mind. PBOT has supplied aerial and on-the-street views of each one.

And make sure to note that both designs show PBOT’s proposal would close off the southern section of SW 69th while maintaining access only for people on bikes and foot.

Roundabout:

Signalized:

Now, after you’ve read through the comments on yesterday’s post and thought about this for a bit, head on over to the online survey and tell PBOT what you think.

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Alan Love
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I live just north of the Old Market Pub, and take a left onto Multnomah every day. Initially, I thought the roundabout would be a better option, but now I’m liking the signalized design better. As shown with the new roundabout mockups, drivers going east from Garden Home and continuing on (not heading to Multnomah) will continue to blast through in an almost straight line, likely at 40mph. This make people walking and biking no safer than the current design. At least with the signal, drivers are forced to slow down even with a green to make a right to continue on Garden Home (kind of like at Capitol Hwy and Vermont).

Kelly
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Kelly

Looks like they’re going to remove the bike lanes. Nice.

BradWagon
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Signalized: That bike lane will be filled 80% of the time with people using it to turn right on red to stay on Garden Home.

Roundabout: Cars will be driving so fast through here making crossing on foot or bike a life or death activity.

I still like and responded to survey in favor of signals. Some enhancements should include no right turns on red and the bike lanes keep their proposed alignment but raise up to sidewalk level at intersection to prevent drivers from using them.

Matt Meskill
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Matt Meskill

Isn’t this all about 20 years out-of-date?

BikeRound
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BikeRound

I filled out the survey from New Jersey and indicated strong support for better walking and biking facilities. I am trying to do my civic duties for Portland :).

rick
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rick

It needs protected bike lanes, street trees, TriMet bus 45 reroute to Allen Blvd, bus 1 reroute, and a lower speed limit. Voting for a narrow roundabout.

wayne
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wayne

This intersection was the sketchiest part of my bike commute for 12 years (it’s still sketchy; I just moved & ride a different route now). The first commenter got it right that the greatest danger here is to cyclists heading onto eastbound Multnomah, as drivers peeling off from the main flow of traffic to stay on Garden Home cut across the bike lane without slowing or signaling, as it’s essentially a straight line.

I’m not crazy about either of the proposals detailed above, but the diagrams for the signal option show that it does a much better job of making that a right turn instead of a straight shot. This would still carry the usual risks to cyclists of any right-turn site, but it’s a great improvement over the current situation.

The roundabout option would indeed slow traffic, but cyclists would actually have to take the main lane _before_ entering the roundabout, or stop and wait for a (rare) break in traffic, to prevent getting sideswiped upon entering the circle. The narrowing and driver confusion could very well make this intersection scarier than it already is. The pedestrian crosswalks in the roundabout scenario, too, are likely to be unseen and unheeded by drivers, as I witness daily in a roundabout on my new commute.

Vote for signals and then advocate for the addition of a barrier solution to keep right-turning cars out of the bike lane.

Vince
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Vince

Am I understanding that there will be no access from 69th to GH road?

Vince
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Vince

Shutting off the street will get a few people out of their cars. But why stop there? How about sidewalks on 69th and 67th people don’t have to walk in the street? Before there were sidewalks on Oleson, just around the corner, only the bravest would walk to the local market. Now it’s a safe walk that many people do.

mark smith
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mark smith

Will the city sneak some stop signs onto it for years to come, claim to pull them down, not pull them down and then possibly do a “bike sting”?

Asking for a friend.

ac
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ac

i like the circle, but it needs to be shifted east along Multnomah to create more of a T arrangement where Garden home intersects with the circle (thereby decreasing the urge to cut that corner as a straight line heading east)