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  1. Comment by Tony G June 22, 2018 @ 1:47 pm | Link

    Biking is allowed on US 26 more than just the segment you mentioned. In fact, the entire highway west of the Jefferson St exit/entrance is legally rideable, both eastbound and westbound. Only biking through the tunnel is prohibited. (Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't believe the Sunset Highway Trail makes biking prohibited on US 26 because of the mandatory sidepath law.)

    Biking is also allowed on all of OR 217, I-5 south of the OR 217/Kruse Way exit, I-205 south of the OR 43/Oregon City exit, and I-84/US 30 east of the NE 238th Dr exit, I believe. I've ridden on the shoulders of freeways around here, and the only dicey areas in my opinion are on OR 217 near Hall Blvd and Scholls Ferry Rd. The shoulder disappears, and there's about a foot of pavement next to active traffic lanes. Everywhere else the shoulders are at least six feet wide, and the only hazards to watch out for are debris in the shoulder and exiting/entering traffic, though the latter can be handled by exiting and re-entering the freeway at exits.

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  2. Comment by maxD June 22, 2018 @ 1:41 pm | Link

    Ted G, this is a lot of hyperbole. There is plenty of space to improve the exisitng concrete walk at the southern end of this path to something that functions well for bikes. It could widened to 12'. Removable bollards could be added to control vehicle access. bikes continuing south on Interstate could continue down the sidewalk IF PBOT would remove a short section of curb and allow the bikes to merge diagonally into the bike lane instead of using 2 90-degree turns.

    Alternatively, instead of adding a diagonal bike signal at Going, they could add signal to control freeway access, and change the on-ramp to a 90-degree turn. This would deal withthe bike conflict, and if could done without adding any more delay than the current proposal of a diagonal, bike-only phase. Instead of solid, jersey-cbarrier proteced MUP, the jersey barriers could be staggered and provide a protected 6-foot bike lane on either side of the street. Moving the signal here could also help slow traffic, which is one of the biggest failures of this plan. Accommodating freight does not mean we need 12' driving lanes. Freight could move through here at 30-35 mph on 10.5' lanes without any problems. These wide lanes support speeding in an area where high speeds are already a problem. When traffic is light, people drive over 55 mph here and carry those speeds on to Interstate (with 5-foot bike lanes) or into the neighborhoods when Greeley transitions to a street lined with houses.

    NO ONE is advocating choking this street to the point that people and goods can't access Swan ISland. I am advocating for a thorough and reasonable design of the bike route they are creating, and for this project to address the real and acknowledged problem of people driving too fast in this location.

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  3. Comment by Matthew in PDX June 22, 2018 @ 1:35 pm | Link

    About a year ago, I stopped riding along Rosa Parks in favor of North Ainsworth, a decision I have not regretted. Nothing I've read about this project has tempted me to revisit that decision. N Ainsworth has a lot less motor vehicle traffic, fewer traffic signals and almost no road debris, I am not sure why it hasn't been designated as a neighborhood greenway, but it might as well be.

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  4. Comment by rick June 22, 2018 @ 1:32 pm | Link

    That asphalt gap patch was lame.

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  5. Comment by Dan A June 22, 2018 @ 1:06 pm | Link

    The construction on the path was really annoying. The path was narrowed for months with no work actually being done, and then when they finally wrapped it up they just patched the sidewalk with gaps that run the wrong direction. I'm curious whether ODOT has ever done anything that ridiculous to a road used by cars. I've been meaning to get a picture of it to share.

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  6. Comment by Clint Culpepper June 22, 2018 @ 12:55 pm | Link

    Soren,
    That's been a thorn in our sides since the construction began. We have been working with the city to allow us to use better signage and include ground markings similar to the sidewalks on the Burnside Bridge to delineate the space and to route riders correctly. Hopefully that will be corrected very soon.

    soren
    The SW Broadway route to Marquam hill partially blocked in a very confusing manner by a construction zone. People biking are now allowed to use the narrow pedestrian detour but this is not clearly communicated by a tiny sign.Given that many people who use the tram cross the river via the Hawthorne bridge this could be a problem. IMO, well-indicated detour routes from the Hawthorne bridge are also important.Recommended 1

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  7. Comment by David June 22, 2018 @ 12:44 pm | Link

    When advocating for bike facilities the wayfinding is the piece that is most easily dropped. This path is pretty good and a nice amount of money was spent establishing it but the complete lack of signage on both sides decreases its utility dramatically. It would be like building a highway and not including any signage on it - completely useless except for people who already know where things are or are willing to depend entirely on GPS.

    One aside on this path is that the seemingly endless construction that significantly narrowed the path over the past year or so to install more signs on 26 seems to be complete for now.

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  8. Comment by austin June 22, 2018 @ 12:44 pm | Link

    While the path itself doesn't lead downtown, there are some nice low-traffic streets you can follow after the path ends at the sylvan exit. This includes Kingston which is one my favorite roads (up or down). Continuing the article's idea of riding from the transit center, here is one of several routes over the hill: https://tinyurl.com/y9u7v3t6

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  9. Comment by rick June 22, 2018 @ 12:37 pm | Link

    Do you mean the Highway 26 multi-use path? ODOT maintains it. The Incense Cedar trees smell nice along the path and THPRD is planning to make a new 2.5 acre park along SW Pointer Road (part of the route). It can be nausiating breathing the car and motorcycle fumes when the path is on the south side of the freeway because there are few trees. The path stops at SW Canyon Court by the office buildings to the east of the Verde Cocina restaurant. You can ride there to the Oregon Zoo and then back up the hills to Kingston Drive to Jefferson Street or Vista Ave. However, I sometimes prefer use the Zoo overpass (Knights Blvd) to Highway 26 to ride on the relatively clean shoulder of the freeway because it provides a direct route to SW Jefferson Street. In fact, ODOT says it is legal to ride a bike east-bound on the Highway 26 east-bound shoulder from SW Scholls Ferry Road to the Jefferson Street exit. I've used it and it can be nicer than using Barbur Blvd in rush-hour traffic. From Sylvan, you can also try SW Hewett Blvd (near the Schollls Ferry east-bound on-ramp) to get to SW Patton and then to SW Montgomery, turn on Clifton, to ride on Cardinell to 12th Ave by PSU.

    If you want a vastly-nice SW Scholls Ferry Road, please check next month's online open house for Multnomah County's Roads Capital Improvement Plan and contact county commisioner Sharon Meieran.

    For signs to indicate the route from the Cedar Hills Shopping Center, I think the people to contact would be county commissioner Greg Malinowski and his successor of Pam Treece and the main leader of the Washington County Land Use & Transportation, Andrew Singelakis.

    To get to SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway from Sylvan, try SW Raab Road to SW Canyon Drive and the side streets of SW Laurel by the TriMet Park & Ride.

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  10. Comment by RH June 22, 2018 @ 12:32 pm | Link

    Portland seems to be so amateur with everything lately. We are no longer a large town and need professionals that can handle complex tasks and goals

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  11. Comment by Johnny Bye Carter June 22, 2018 @ 12:20 pm | Link

    The white wands are also the fault of the budget. Ideally they'd have medians with greenery separating the bikes from the cars. But since this is being done on a repainting budget they can only manage to put in some wands.

    In the future if this turns out the work well then they can spend the money they've been saving and do it right and do it complete.

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  12. Comment by paul frazier June 22, 2018 @ 12:18 pm | Link

    Thanks for the article. I have always wondered about that path. Does it connect all the way to downtown? Where does it connect to downtown? how is the ride?

    Who maintains it? How can we advocate for some signs or bike indicators on the pavement?

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  13. Comment by Johnny Bye Carter June 22, 2018 @ 12:17 pm | Link

    Portland defaults to nothing. No paint, no signs.

    Sure, paint will chip off, but so is all the thrermoplastic and that seems worse for the environment. Paint is cheap and quick. We could raise some money to buy the correct paint and do it ourselves.

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  14. Comment by Johnny Bye Carter June 22, 2018 @ 12:13 pm | Link

    It's not to be applied below 50°, and it should be in the early part of the day. But there's no maximum temperature. It's takes 425° to melt it to the road. I don't think a 90° day is going to hurt it.

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  15. Comment by q June 22, 2018 @ 12:09 pm | Link

    That's dismissive. In another comment, I mentioned a similar situation of PBOT announcing there were finally repaving more than 200' of street, then without notice paving only 40' and leaving, torpedoing the repaving even after they'd already done more than 500' of sawcuts in preparation for paving removal that now isn't going to happen.

    PBOT also created several abrupt drainage berms directly where bikes and pedestrians travel, and even worse, covered them with sand so they're invisible, then removed the cones and left them there waiting to create crashes.

    PBOT also redirected all the stormwater OFF the street, AWAY from the storm drains, and off to the side where it will flood private property.

    Is that also just me? Or should I say me and everyone else on the street?

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  16. Comment by Johnny Bye Carter June 22, 2018 @ 12:09 pm | Link

    Odd that they're willing to risk scratching their cars by the passing bikes when usually car owners are super careful of their paint.

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  17. Comment by Johnny Bye Carter June 22, 2018 @ 12:04 pm | Link

    From my experience parking enforcement will not follow up on a lone report unless the vehicle is severely blocking a through motor vehicle lane.

    If you can get several people to report it then they seem to take action more frequently.

    I've had very bad luck getting parking enforcement to ticket obvious daily repeat offenders. There were times they told me that they simply didn't have the resources to ticket people for certain violations because they can't spare the time it takes in court defending the ticket.

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  18. Comment by paikiala June 22, 2018 @ 12:02 pm | Link

    Boulevard treatment with tree-lined bike median and mini/compact-roundabouts (some bike only N-S), one lane each direction.
    60 feet curb to curb = 8 parking, 11 travel, 22-foot median, 11 travel, 8 parking.

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  19. Comment by mw June 22, 2018 @ 12:02 pm | Link

    Btw, your image of the Google version of the uphill route is wrong. It should look more like this:
    https://www.google.com/maps/dir/45.4991574,-122.6709975/45.4991799,-122.6825954/@45.5039505,-122.6801578,16z/data=!4m24!4m23!1m20!3m4!1m2!1d-122.6752326!2d45.5063675!3s0x54950a6ca1485261:0xe1fac274f4781d40!3m4!1m2!1d-122.6766189!2d45.5090713!3s0x54950a1373680e81:0xd6eb7bc2a8fed598!3m4!1m2!1d-122.6825854!2d45.5081703!3s0x54950a1452a23c0f:0x4ebf505154751aeb!3m4!1m2!1d-122.6842156!2d45.507124!3s0x54950a159c59bbb5:0xf3122117b57fb777!1m0!3e1

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  20. Comment by Johnny Bye Carter June 22, 2018 @ 12:00 pm | Link

    Yes, it seems that these are obvious violations that they should be ticketing for, or at least writing warnings. You don't park within 10 feet of a bike lane stencil and not know it's a bike lane. And if for some reason you don't know then you get a costly lesson to pay attention to street markings.

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  21. Comment by Hello, Kitty June 22, 2018 @ 12:00 pm | Link

    Could it be painted just once, to help train people, then not refreshed?

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  22. Comment by paikiala June 22, 2018 @ 11:55 am | Link

    Portland does not use red for no parking zones. You're thinking of some other city.
    Yellow paint is expensive to annually maintain, so Portland defaults to signing.

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  23. Comment by paikiala June 22, 2018 @ 11:53 am | Link

    It's you.

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  24. Comment by paikiala June 22, 2018 @ 11:52 am | Link

    Don't you mean 'international standard-width' bike lanes?

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  25. Comment by Hello, Kitty June 22, 2018 @ 11:52 am | Link

    I don't, necessarily, only pointing out that the sentiment might be what it purports to be.

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