Bicycle Boulevards

The new frontier for bike infrastructure in Portland is the bike boulevard, a street where bicycle traffic is given priority and the result is a safer street for everyone.

Below are articles I’ve published on this topic.

PBOT looks to smooth out bike streets without breaking the bank

Posted on August 17th, 2010 at 12:01 pm.

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Local streets like NE Going are in need
of pavement maintenance, but current
methods — developed for major arterials — are
(Photo © J. Maus)

The City of Portland is working hard to make the growing network of “next generation” bike boulevards (a.k.a. neighborhood greenway) streets as comfortable for people on bikes as possible. They’ve turned stop signs to make them more efficient and safer, they’ve added sharrows and wayfinding signs, they’ve added speed bumps to calm motor vehicle traffic, and they’ve added medians and other elements to make crossings safer and easier.

But there’s one major thing that PBOT hasn’t been able to do in their bike boulevard program — smooth out potholes, bumps, and cracks in old pavement. Re-paving is very expensive and the current City budget has focused all paving and maintenance resources onto major arterials. That leaves many of Portland’s local streets — the ones where bike boulevards are being built — in disrepair.[Read more…]

PBOT installs new bike boulevard wayfinding signs

Posted on August 16th, 2010 at 12:15 pm.

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The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) has begun installation of new wayfinding signage along the growing network of bike boulevards. The new signs — which include arrows, distance, and travel times to key destinations — have a slightly different design than existing ones.[Read more…]

First look at PBOT’s new sharrow, ‘neighborhood greenway’ marketing

Posted on July 29th, 2010 at 10:55 am.

“Calming soon” — get it? Detail of new postcard PBOT will be mailing out soon.

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Sharrows, sharrows everywhere! (And many more to come)

Posted on June 9th, 2010 at 3:17 pm.

A family rides by new sharrow markings recently installed in N. Concord Avenue.
(Photos © J Maus)

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‘Pocket park’ and cycle-track: A closer look at the NE Holman bike boulevard project

Posted on May 5th, 2010 at 10:10 am.

PBOT’s latest plans for a new, traffic calming park on NE Holman at 13th.

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Attend open houses for Holman, Klickitat bike boulevards this week

Posted on May 3rd, 2010 at 3:34 pm.

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NE Holman is already a relatively
pleasant place to ride, but improvements
are needed.
(Photo © J. Maus)

We’ve already mentioned how important it is to speak up at PBOT’s bike boulevard open houses (a.k.a. neighborhood greenways), so today I’ll just offer a gentle reminder of two that are coming up this week.

Tomorrow (5/4) and Thursday (5/6), PBOT will hold their second round of open houses for projects on NE Holman and NE Klickitat respectively.[Read more…]

New signs, markings coming to bike boulevards thanks to federal stimulus

Posted on April 22nd, 2010 at 9:17 am.

Crews from PBOT’s contractor on the project
have already installed a few sharrows on
N. Bryant Avenue.
(Photo: PBOT)

This week, the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation will begin to install new signs and pavement markings on bike boulevard streets. The money for the project comes from a $1 million award the city received last year from the the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

PBOT project manager Kyle Chisek said the first of these new signs and markings will be installed in Sellwood, the location of PBOT’s first of many “next generation bike boulevards.” Specifically, the new markings and signage will be installed on SE Spokane Street (6th Avenue to 19th Avenue), SE 19th Avenue (Spokane Street to Linn Street), and on SE Umatilla Street (6th Avenue to 23rd Avenue).
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For PBOT, “neighborhood greenways” is more than just a new name

Posted on April 14th, 2010 at 1:57 pm.

Rolling on NE Tillamook.
(Photos © J. Maus)

The City of Portland recently unveiled “neighborhood greenways” as a term to replace bike boulevards. At the monthly meeting of the City’s Bicycle Advisory Committee last night PBOT traffic safety staffer Greg Raisman showed up to explain more about their thinking behind the new name.[Read more…]

PBOT: Bike boulevards now known as “neighborhood greenways”

Posted on April 12th, 2010 at 2:35 pm.

BTA Bike Boulevard Ride

Riders on the Clinton St.
neighborhood greenway.
(Photo © J. Maus)

The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation plans to change how they refer to projects that calm residential streets and put an emphasis on non-motorized traffic. The term “neighborhood greenways” will soon replace “bicycle boulevards.”

I alluded to this new term in a story last month after noticing a new title on PBOT’s main website for these projects and have since confirmed the plans with PBOT project manager Kyle Chisek. He says they will make “neighborhood greenways” the public name for the projects but that bicycle boulevard will remain the technical term because that’s how they’re referenced nationally and in the 2030 Bike Plan.
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Speaking up for bikes at a bike boulevard open house

Posted on March 31st, 2010 at 9:11 am.

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Speak up.
(Photo © J. Maus)

As a follow-up to my post about the importance of showing up to your local bike boulevard open house, I thought I’d share the perspective of Brighton West. Brighton is a reader who attended the open house last night for the SE 101st Avenue project where he encountered “a number of vocal bicycling opponents.” [Read more…]