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City releases final plans for Tillamook Neighborhood Greenway project

Posted by on February 25th, 2019 at 3:37 pm

Design for Tillamook and 21st has changed to make the bike route more direct.

The City of Portland plans to get started on $150,000 worth of changes to NE Tillamook Street this spring. If all goes according to plan, this major east-west bike route will be much less inviting for car users and much more inviting for bicycle users between Flint and 28th.

Since we last posted about this project in July of last year, PBOT has gathered feedback and worked out final kinks of the design. The final plans still 23 new speed bumps: 20 on Tillamook and three aimed at slowing drivers down near the crossings of Flint and 7th.

Other notable elements of this project will include (latest plans below):

– Marked crossings at the off-set intersection with NE 7th Avenue. PBOT also plans to install speed bumps north and south of Tillamook.

– Green colored bike boxes in both directions at Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Also shown in the new plans are multiple chevron markings (partial sharrow, without the bike) to aid in crossing by bike. We’ve also noticed PBOT will reduce the amount of on-street parking removal on the southwest side of the intersection from 80-feet (as shown in July) to 50-feet.

– PBOT plans to test diversion between MLK and Williams. Depending on how traffic data comes back (PBOT has to wait until a major sewer project wraps up in order to accurately assess volumes), the plan is to create a one-way only westbound at Rodney with 50-feet of parking removal near the intersection.

– Intersection with 21st Avenue now shows a beefier median to calm traffic instead of speed bumps. The new design allows for a much more direct cycling route than what was shown in July.

– As per their newly adopted policy, PBOT will also “daylight” every intersection on the greenway by making parking illegal within 20-feet of corners.

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And as we’ve come to expect with all neighborhood greenways, PBOT will rotate stop signs to favor cycling on Tillamook, add sharrow markings on each block, and lower speed limits to 20 mph.

The first phase of construction will start this spring and include crosswalks and signage at 7th, the signed crossing at 24th, marked crosswalks at Flint and Vancouver, on-street parking removal at intersections, and the bike boxes at MLK. The remainder of the work will follow and the plan is to have the project completed before the end of this year.

For more information, check out the project website.

— Jonathan Maus: (503) 706-8804, @jonathan_maus on Twitter and jonathan@bikeportland.org

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maxD

This seems like a fairly mixed plan, mostly improvements but a couple of headscratchers. Daylighting the intersections, marking the route, and rotating stop signs will be great for cycling conditions. Not dealing with the the intersection at MLK or reducing the amount of traffic seems pretty weak (at least they claim that they will follow up on the traffic counts). The intersection on MLK is such a big dogleg, I think it should be no left for turn from Tillamook.

Shimran George
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Shimran George

I only see one additional diverter as part of the plan, why not increase the number of diverters on so-called “greenways”? I understand people’s needs to access their houses and driveways, but we really need to emphasize greenways with diverters to keep speeds low and make cars feel like “guests” when using the street.

I am really disappointed in PBOT’s conservatism in the use of diverters for bike streets. I enjoy the Ankeny bikeway because cars are diverted fairly frequently, and in my opinions it is my favorite party of my ride to the gym from my house. The 20s bikelane, which my house is directly situated on, is the most stressful. Between the condition of the road, and lack of diverters between Lincoln all the way to Stark, it is a popular cut-through, and oftentimes I feel I must yield to oncoming traffic on a street meant to prioritize bikes.

Also crossbieks without education and enforcement are functionally useless. Can we at least get signs or something (like pedestrian crossings) to enforce bike priority at these junctions? I can’t blame cars for not stopping if they don’t know they are supposed to yield to me.

Corey Burger
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Haven’t looked at the plan, but PBOT really need to get better graphic designers in house. Compare with a Vancouver project: https://vancouver.ca/streets-transportation/segment-one-arbutus-link-trafalgar-to-burrard.aspx, specifically their PDFs of maps https://vancouver.ca/files/cov/10th-avenue-segment-1-february-2019-open-house-information-displays.pdf

Chris
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Chris

Glad to hear about the new daylighting policy at corners. Long overdue. My biggest concern on this route is drivers cutting the corner when turning left from Vancouver onto Tillamook. I see it all the time and wish the City would install some sort of small traffic island there to prevent it.

dwk
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dwk

They need to get rid of the island at 7th and put in a stop sign for the southbound cars on 7th.
I am surprised no one has been killed here and it is just a matter of time.

Esther
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Esther

I wish they would consider a bike box east bound at Vancouver (in front of the Billy Webb Elks Lodge). I often get stuck behind multiple cars here heading home in the evening from daycare (at Flint and Broadway) and I bet that would help kids biking home from Tubman as well.
Excited about diversion but agree about between MLK and 7th, but I don’t think there’s a cross street to divert traffic on to…
Overall very exciting. It’s a pretty dismal ride to and from daycare as it is, with the frequent starts amd stops, competition with cars who want to try to pass between Flint and 7th, heavy traffic between MLK and Williams with lots of conflict, etc pretty high stress as it stands

Glenn the 2nd
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Glenn the 2nd

Ordinarily I would appreciate this, but I arrived here by scrolling in reverse chronological order past North Fessenden and 82nd claimed more victims last night. So now I’m paranoid & cynical asking which city officials live in Irvington.

Terry D-M
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Terry D-M

Even with the additional one diverter this only brings the diversion to every 3/4 miles or so. Sure visibility will be better and the cars (not pick ups) will slow a bit, but with the turned stop signs the incentive for cut through will still be there. Minimally, there should be westbound diversion at 15th, eastbound at 7th and both directions at the 21st jog. This is a complete grid east of 7th so aggressive diversion is perfectly viable, thus it is really about the political will to tell Irvington residents that “Due to bikeway safety modernization requirements traffic patterns will change, we thank you for your patience while you adapt to the new street grid.”

Gregg
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Big improvements at 21st.

I’d love to see more improvements at much needed 7th.
That’s nice there there will be one speed bump north and south of Tillamook. That is far from enough. Can’t we get speed humps on 7th a few blocks each direction? Broadway to Beech?

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matchupancakes

If only all of the asphalt going into installing those speed bumps could be poured into sculptures as diverters and not need to be installed in the first place.. Why not install multiple speed tables on the approaches to Tillamook along 7th and 15th Aves?

Adam
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Adam

So no diversion at MLK, where a ton of vehicles use Tillamook.

Weak.

Kevin
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Kevin

Maybe a dumb question, but as much as speed bumps are effective for slowing car traffic, don’t speed bumps also create riding challenges for bike commuters? I would rather see these greenways covered in green paint (think Stark St downtown, now Harvey Milk St) to serve as a visual cue that this is a bike blvd and not a car-dominated street.

Kyle
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Kyle

I for one am very happy to see these upgrades. I take Tillamook between 7th and Rodney both directions every day. Making the left from 7th onto TIllamook is always a bit stressful, although the odd little traffic circle does help slow the cars. The speed bumps and parking set backs should really help as well.

For me, the worst part about this ride is heading west from MLK to Rodney during afternoon rush hour. I don’t mind crossing MLK so much but that section of Tillamook is narrow and the east bound cars who just made it off of Vancouver or Williams aren’t all that forgiving to the cyclists. The diverter will be huge and I hope it sticks.

Now the city just needs to make some minor upgrades on 7th between Tillamook and Weidler. There are so many relatively pointless Eastside parking spaces on 7th and there are no bike lanes in this stretch. I assume bigger plans are in the works due to the new bridge being installed over I84 at 7th, but a little parking removal and paint could go a long way in the interim. Would help people in the Lloyd center comfortably make their way into North Portland with out having to bike on Broadway or through the Rose Quarter.

Eric Leifsdad
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Eric Leifsdad

What are the diagonal chevrons across MLK supposed to do? Following this line puts bike traffic in conflict with cars and probably on the wrong side of the law / left of center.

Deborah Schultz
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Deborah Schultz

A red light camera on MLK at Tillamook would help too. Nearly every day I cross here at least one person runs a red. I don’t trust anyone to stop in the first 10 seconds of the Tilamook green for fear of getting hit by someone who doesn’t want to stop here.

Bobcycle
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Bobcycle

I’ve been riding Tillamook for approximately 20 years and have always been disappointed with the number of stop signs. So finally having the city address this is encouraging if not long overdue. However, this excess of stop signs on Tillamook continues past 28th all the way to 45th at which point with no safe way to cross Sandy you are required to detour over to Hancock. A not completely accurate stop sign list (I lost track) 10,13,15,16,21,23,26,28,30,32, a light at 33,37,39,41,42,44

JP
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JP

While there are some good improvements here, it’s frustrating to see close in facilities that are largely safe and well used getting love while farther out infrastructure has more serious problems. I ride Tillamook between 7th and 92nd daily, and the stretch between 62 and 37 is pretty awful, with poor pavement and stop signs virtually every second block (or more).

Matt
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Matt

So now pedestrians who want to cross Tillamook at 21st can’t keep walking in a straight line, effectively adding an extra block out of their way. Awesome.

Josh
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Small correction — the “project website” link at the end of the article appears to be incorrect. The Tillamook project is at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/76829.

Bobcycle
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Bobcycle

So rereading the previous BP coverage of July 2018 on this project, I see that the 21st crossing was a popular discussion point as it is here. Why not stop signs for north south traffic??? Why not “square” the corners to slow north south traffic??? Priority seems to favor keeping north south traffic moving as fast as possible in spite of limited vision while crossing a “major east west bike route”.