On NE Holman, an intersection transformed by paint and neighbors

Posted on June 2nd, 2011 at 1:12 pm.

The largest street painting in Portland, as seen from a roof on the northwest corner of the intersection.
(Photos © J. Maus)

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‘Going to the River’ project open house tonight in North Portland

Posted on June 1st, 2011 at 11:31 am.

Detail of map showing projects.
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Tonight, the community will learn more about an exciting suite of projects that will make bicycling in North Portland more viable, convenient, and safe.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation will hold the first of two public open houses for their “Going to the River” project. The project, which includes a new multi-use path on N Going Street to Swan Island and new neighborhood greenways on N. Michigan, N. Blandena, and N. Going, was awarded $2.3 million in federal funding back in February. (For an in-depth look at the project, see our story from January.)
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Riding Portland’s first (real) cycle track on Cully Blvd.

Posted on May 19th, 2011 at 8:55 am.

The new cycle track on Cully, part of a large-scale road reconstruction project, is now complete.
(Photos/video © J. Maus)

As strange as it may sound, Cully Boulevard in outer Northeast Portland is now home to the most significant piece of bike infrastructure in our city.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) has just completed a cycle track that runs 0.6 miles from NE Prescott to Killingsworth. And, unlike the “cycle track” on SW Broadway near Portland State University (which is nice, but it’s really just a curbside bike lane protected from motor vehicle traffic by parked cars), the Cully facility is the real deal.
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PBOT to make portion East Portland carfree on Sunday

Posted on May 18th, 2011 at 3:50 pm.

East Portland Sunday Parkways-45

Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about.
(Photos © J. Maus)

PBOT has once again decided to create a loop of streets in East Portland carfree for five hours this Sunday. This crazy scheme to force people out of their cars and into the streets to meet their neighbors and enjoy their community is called “Sunday Parkways”. Not satisfied with simply making streets carfree, PBOT has also invited organizations, food vendors, and entertainers to set up in the parks and streets.[Read more…]

Bryant Street Bridge to close for upgrades

Posted on May 18th, 2011 at 11:22 am.

Bryant St. Bike/ped bridge

Bryant Bridge over I-5.
(Photo © J. Maus)

The Bryant Street Bridge over I-5 in North Portland will close for two days next week. The closure is good news; it means a project that we first reported on in August 2006 is finally moving forward.

The Piedmont Neighborhood has been working on this project since 2007. With a $50,000 grant from ODOT, neighborhood artists and volunteers will clean up and renovate the bridge in hopes of making a vital connection between communities more pleasant and popular.[Read more…]

Follow-up: No ‘Bikes in Roadway’ signage for Sandy Blvd

Posted on May 18th, 2011 at 8:42 am.

Riding on NE Sandy Blvd-5-4

PBOT says ‘Bikes in Roadway’ signs
aren’t the right approach for Sandy.
(Photo © J. Maus)

Remember our story last week about NE Sandy Blvd? We shared the experience of riding on that large arterial street through the eyes of Esther Harlow.

Despite a lack of comfortable bike access, many people like Harlow prefer riding on Sandy Blvd because it’s a straight shot into the central city. While more significant bike access improvements on Sandy aren’t in the near-term pipeline, Harlow had an idea to improve bike access she felt would help the situation immediately.

To make the bike/car interactions a bit more pleasant, Harlow wants to have “Bikes on Roadway” signs installed. She made an official request to PBOT with her idea. Harlow heard back from a PBOT civil engineer and she shared the response with us. PBOT declined the request, but the engineer makes a reasonable case for his decision. The reply (below) might help others understand the thinking PBOT does before deciding whether or not to install signage (it’s also cool to see a government agency take someone’s request so seriously)…
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PBOT turns tide in East Portland: New bikeway leads to big safety benefits

Posted on May 12th, 2011 at 11:17 am.

PBOT data on SE Holgate Blvd. The street was re-striped for buffered bike lanes in 2009.

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Hazmat situation on Springwater raises air quality concerns (again)

Posted on May 12th, 2011 at 9:47 am.

For the second time since November of last year, people who bike on the Springwater Corridor (in blue) have raised concerns about emissions from nearby factories.

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For some, riding on Sandy Blvd is a risk worth taking

Posted on May 10th, 2011 at 11:05 am.

Despite being dominated by cars and offering no dedicated bike access, many Portlanders choose to ride on NE Sandy Blvd. for the same reasons people like to drive on it — because it’s the most direct and efficient route into the Hollywood District and downtown.
(Photos © J. Maus)

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Left side bikeway, BTA stance, and more on Williams Ave project

Posted on April 20th, 2011 at 4:50 pm.

Conditions on Williams-4-3

A family navigates a parked car
and a cramped bike lane on Williams
north of Morris.
(Photo © J. Maus)

While you may have already read our recap of the recent open house, there are a few more things about the N Williams Ave Traffic Safety Operations Project I want to share. In the paragraphs below you’ll find a response from City Traffic Engineer Rob Burchfield about two solutions that haven’t gotten much attention and you’ll hear from Bicycle Transportation Alliance Executive Director Rob Sadowsky what he thinks about the project.[Read more…]