North Portland greenway trail moves toward vision

[Potential trail would go near University of Portland.]Photo: Scott Mizee/npGreenway Last night in North Portland the community got an update on npGreenway’s vision for a new riverfront trail that will someday link the St. John’s Bridge to the Eastbank Esplanade. A group of of about 25 citizens, trail advocates, and neighborhood leaders came together to … Read more


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Salem gets bike bridge, what about Portland?

[Salem will convert thisbridge to bike/ped only.]Photo: City of Salem Back in November, I got an email from City of Salem project coordinator David Skilton. He wanted to share news that they’re converting an old railroad bridge on the Willamette to a bicycle and pedestrian-only crossing. The Salem project sounds exciting. It’s got federal funding, … Read more


Concerns about the Crossing

[Transportation activist and blogger Chris Smith questionsthe Crossing at a panel discussion on 1/4/07.] Last night at my neighborhood meeting I heard two strange presentations. They both had to do with billion dollar mega-projects that are intended to increase capacity on Interstate 5 and thereby decrease congestion. As I listened I couldn’t help but feel … Read more


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PDOT announces Bicycle Master Plan Rides

“Can we create–even if only for a little while and in a limited area–the feeling one gets when riding in world class cycling cities?”-PDOT’s Roger Geller In case you haven’t heard the buzz, PDOT is in the midst of updating their Bicycle Master Plan (the current one is over 10 years old). The Bicycle Master … Read more


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Bike projects vie for Big Pipe grants

[The Rose Quarter might get better soon. (Looking North from Interstate Blvd. toward Wheeler).] As part of the East Side Big Pipe construction project, the Bureau of Environmental Services will fund $2 million worth of projects to, “neighborhoods and business districts affected by combined sewer overflow construction”. They call it their Community Benefits Opportunity Program. … Read more


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More details on SE Foster bike boulevard

[PDOT map of planned improvements.Click for larger view.] Over the weekend, Evan Manvel from the BTA joined neighborhood leaders, PDOT traffic safety staff, and City Commissioner Randy Leonard on a ride to envision improvements on a bicycle boulevard route that will bypass SE Foster Blvd. Evan shares this map (at right, click for larger view) … Read more


Portland’s bike boulevard bonanza

[All signs point to more bike boulevards] In case anyone gets the wrong impression after my post about Berkeley’s bicycle boulevard efforts, I thought an update on Portland’s progress was in order. Here are a few things I’ve come across just in the past week or so. SE Foster Bypass Bicycle Boulevard With strong leadership … Read more


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What Portland bike boulevards dream about

[Berkeley’s Bike Boulevards, by Clarence Eckerson (for StreetsBlog)]Length: 8 min. 12 sec. Clarence Eckerson’s latest StreetFilms piece focuses on Berkeley California’s bicycle boulevard network. It’s a great film and it shows that Berkeley is way ahead of Portland in creating slow, traffic-calmed streets that are safe and appealing for people (not just cars).


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National committee endorses sharrows

[Sharrows in NW Portland.]Photo: Todd Boulanger At the recently completed annual meeting of the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (NCUTCD), they voted 35-0 to endorse shared lane markings (aka sharrows) and forward the recommendation to the Federal Highway Administration. From there, it is a small step into officialdom… inclusion in the next edition … Read more