We now have the need, precedent, and design guidance to make our streets social distancing compliant

Posted on March 25th, 2020 at 12:16 pm.

Temporary bikeway just installed in a neighborhood in Berlin.
(Photo: District office Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg of Berlin)

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Woman killed while walking on Barbur Boulevard was ‘brilliant’ PSU researcher

Posted on March 19th, 2020 at 12:14 pm.

Iulia Hanczarek.
(Photo: Portland State University)

Iulia Hanczarek was coming into her prime as a chemist and researcher at Portland State University. She had dreams of a doctoral degree and missions to space. At just 39 years old, she had a lot of important discoveries ahead of her. Staff at the university describe her as “brilliant”.

But just after midnight on Tuesday her life was cut short when a man chose to drive his car while drunk and hit and killed her as she walked home in southwest Portland. According to police, Ivan Cam was driving approximately 50 miles per hour prior to hitting Hanczarek. Cam told crash investigators the window of his car “suddenly exploded” and he didn’t even know what he’d hit. He now faces charges of manslaughter, DUI, and reckless driving.[Read more…]

PBOT improves greenway connection across North Interstate Avenue

Posted on March 18th, 2020 at 11:59 am.

New buffered bike lane now connects all the way to Interstate (it used to disappear here). It’s just one of several additions in the area.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Guest opinion: We should open up neighborhood streets for social distancing

Posted on March 16th, 2020 at 10:40 am.

Many people have open spaces right in front of their homes, what if we discouraged driving on them and opened them up to safely-distanced play?
(Photo: Sam Balto)

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After pushback, PBOT will make changes to NW in Motion projects

Posted on March 5th, 2020 at 1:50 pm.

Not going to happen after all.

When a seven-page memo detailing changes to the Northwest in Motion plan was released late last month by the Portland Bureau of Transportation, many advocates were animated in their disapproval.

“All the ways in which Northwest in Motion is being watered down is so incredibly depressing,” NextPortland blogger and transportation reform activist Iain MacKenzie shared on Twitter.

NWIM is the city’s plan to dramatically increase biking, walking and transit use in the Northwest District. When we shared the draft plan back in November it came with an expectation that the projects would double bike use. In the past two years of planning, PBOT has identified a list of projects that are truly unprecedented for this part of town. From five new neighborhood greenways and a district-wide 20 mph speed limit zone, to carfree streets and 12 new diverters that are estimated to take 12,000 cars off the road every day.
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PBOT adds to bikeway markings along Orange Line in southeast

Posted on March 4th, 2020 at 11:20 am.

Not subtle. (View looking east from Tilikum Way toward SE Milwaukie Ave.)
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

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First look at TriMet’s new bridge over southeast rail tracks

Posted on February 28th, 2020 at 9:42 am.

(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

That waiting game.

On my way to check out the new Gideon Overpass yesterday I passed an all too familiar sight: a freight train blocking people from crossing the tracks at SE 11th and Clinton. This issue torments many people and is a recurring mobility nightmare for anyone trying to get between the Brooklyn and Hosford-Abernethy neighborhoods. It’s so bad someone made one of those singularly-focused websites about it with the address of IsATrainBlocking11th.com.

Soon the wait will be over.

Construction crews are busy these days erecting a new bridge that will give people an option for getting around trains that doesn’t involve lifting bikes over stalled or slow-moving train cars (yes people do that). The new Gideon Overpass already stands tall above the tracks about 300 feet southeast of the Clinton St/SE 12th Ave MAX station.


With intense opposition from nearby business owners behind them, TriMet is on track to complete construction of the $15 million bridge by this fall. For bicycle riders, it will have a roll-on elevator just like the nearby Rhine-Lafayette Overpass. When the elevator is broken, a wheel gutter will help roll bikes up and down the stairway.

One business owner can’t wait for it to be done. Jarret Walker of Jarrett Walker + Associates calls the bridge a “game-changer for the area.” “My office is on the north side and I must plan my life as though 11th-12th is permanently blocked by freight trains,” he shared on Twitter this morning. “There are things on the other side I’d love to go to, but the risk of being stranded there is too great. Go TriMet and PBOT!”

— Jonathan Maus: (503) 706-8804, @jonathan_maus on Twitter and jonathan@bikeportland.org
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Vancouver (Washington) council says yes to protected bike lanes, no to 393 parking spaces

Posted on February 26th, 2020 at 4:38 pm.

Existing conditions versus what was adopted on Monday night.

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Property owner erects fence around popular Marine Drive bike path access point

Posted on February 26th, 2020 at 11:55 am.

Ramp is now closed to public use. Note the PBOT bikeway signage at the top, which demonstrates how this was a well-used bike route.
(Photos: Stephen Gardiner)

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First Look: Big changes to key crossing of NE Tillamook at 21st

Posted on February 20th, 2020 at 12:45 pm.

View eastbound on NE Tillamook at 21st.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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