The City of Portland says they’re all set to start building a set of safety updates at a tricky, off-set intersection on the Tillamook Neighborhood Greenway.
Tillamook is one of the oldest and most vital east-west streets in our cycling network. It provides a link between the Eliot neighborhood near I-5 to Madison South near I-205. But the once proud bike boulevard has started to show its age as the number of people who drive fast on it and use it as a cut-through is currently above acceptable thresholds.
Just this morning at NE 15th and Tillamook, BikePortland reader Chris Thomas witnessed a kid on their way to high school get hit from behind by someone driving a car.
Back in February, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) released plans for $150,000 worth of changes to “enhance” the section between N Flint and 28th. In July they added speed bumps to the street to slow people down. Their plans for the intersection with 21st will include concrete median islands, new “cross-bike” markings and ADA accessible curb ramps.
The new design should slow drivers down as it will effectively narrow the driving space and force people to make sharper. It will also give bicycle users a more direct, safer, and predictable route.
In other neighborhood greenway news, PBOT announced an open house for the Lloyd to Woodlawn Greenway project. On October 17th from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at King Elementary School (4906 NE 6th Ave), they’ll be open to your questions and comments on the northern section of the project (see graphic above).
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