50s Bikeway Project

PBOT works around diverter debate in 50s Bikeway project

Avatar by on September 29th, 2011 at 12:07 pm

The 50s Bikeway project
is at City Council today!
(Map: PBOT)

The 50s Bikeway project will be up for a vote at City Council today. While it’s expected to get the required three votes of support, you can also expect some loud opposition to one specific piece of the project — a diverter planned for SE 52nd just north of Division.

Before I get into that, here’s a quick reset of the project: The $1.5 million, federally funded 50s Bikeway will create a 4.5 mile bike-friendly corridor on 52nd/53rd Avenues from NE Thompson to SE Woodstock. The public process for the project began back in January. Since then, the Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) has held a robust public process (41 public meetings) that wrapped up with the second of two open houses at the end of June.[Read more…]

50s Bikeway project heading to City Council

Avatar by on July 12th, 2011 at 11:35 am

Big crowds turned out for the
final open house.
(Photo: PBOT)

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is just weeks away from asking City Council to formally adopt their final design recommendation for the 50s Bikeway Project. The $1.5 million federally funded project, which was first identified as a priority 15 years ago in the 1996 Bike Master Plan, will improve bicycling conditions on a five mile section of 52nd and 53rd streets between the Woodstock and Hollywood neighborhoods.[Read more…]

City announces second (and final) 50s Bikeway open house

Avatar by on June 24th, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Get the latest on PBOT’s
plans for diversion at
the open house.

The public outreach process for the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s NE/SE 50s Bikeway project is nearing completion. Today, PBOT announced the final open house for the project for Wednesday, June 29 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish (5329 SE Woodstock Blvd).

The open house comes after 39 neighborhood and stakeholder meetings since August 2010. As we reported last week, the $1.5 million federally funded project will seek to improve bicycling conditions along a 4.3 mile stretch of 52nd and 53rd avenues from SE Woodstock to NE Halsey. [Read more…]

Catching up with the 50s Bikeway project

Avatar by on June 15th, 2011 at 5:13 pm

A Sunday ride-9

The 50s Bikeway Project aims to create a 4.3 mile,
family friendly bike corridor.
(Photo © J. Maus)

The long-awaited 50s Bikeway Project — which will use $1.5 million in federal funds to build a low-stress bicycling environment along a 4.3 mile corridor from SE Woodstock to NE Thompson (near Sandy) along 53rd and 52nd Avenues — is entering its final phases of public outreach.

At a meeting of the Portland Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC) last night, PBOT project manager Rich Newlands asked for the committee’s endorsement of the project (which they gave unanimously). Newlands said PBOT has already won support from seven of eight neighborhood associations the project runs through. The only remaining neighborhood left to vote on the project (Mt. Tabor Neighborhood Association) is set to vote on it tonight.[Read more…]

Share your impressions, take virtual tour of 50s Bikeway open house

Avatar by on February 3rd, 2011 at 2:46 pm

A Sunday ride-6

Riding on SE 53rd Ave.
(Photo © J. Maus)

Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the 50s Bikeway open house event last week (we were sorta busy). If you were at the event, can you share your impressions with us? If you missed it, yet are still interested in learning more about this major bikeway project, PBOT has uploaded all the poster boards displayed at the event so you can take a virtual open house.
[Read more…]

Willamette Week names 50s Bikeway “haters” Rogues of the Week

Avatar by on February 2nd, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Graphic from WWeek.com.

One of our local alternative weekly magazines, The Willamette Week, made an interesting choice for their weekly “Rogue of the Week” feature. They’ve given the label to the “haters” of the 50s Bikeway who showed up to last week’s first public open house on the project.

Here’s a snip from the Willamette Week story:[Read more…]

PBOT, advocates prep for 50s Bikeway project open house

Avatar by on January 20th, 2011 at 2:52 pm

One concept under consideration is buffered
bike lanes and removal of parking on both sides of
SE 52nd north of Woodstock.

One year ago today, the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation accepted a $1.3 million grant to build the 50s Bikeway project. That grant came 13 years after the project — a 4.5 mile north-south bikeway along the 52nd Avenue corridor — was first envisioned by PBOT.

On Wednesday night (1/26), the public will get their first opportunity to see PBOT’s plans for the project at an open house in the Woodstock neighborhood. According to drafts of the proposed plan developed by PBOT and a Citizen’s Advisory Committee (CAC), the 50s Bikeway could come with significant transportation changes along the corridor. [Read more…]

Ride will look at 50s bikeway alignment options

Avatar by on October 15th, 2010 at 1:58 pm

The Citizen’s Advisory Committee for the City of Portland’s 50s Bikeway Project will meet for a ride Saturday to explore potential alignments. As I mentioned a few weeks ago, PBOT is moving on this project and now is the time to get involved and share your feedback and insights to make sure they get things right.

Read more about the project on PBOT’s website, browse our archives for past coverage, and check the CAC ride details and map below…[Read more…]

Get involved with the 50’s Bikeway project

Avatar by on September 28th, 2010 at 1:44 pm

PBOT’s Rich Newlands gave an update on
the project at a recent Bike
Advisory Committee meeting.
(Photo © J. Maus)

The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation is rolling ahead with their 50’s Bikeway project. The $1.5 million, federally funded project aims to make a 4.5 mile north/south corridor between the Hollywood and Woodstock neighborhoods more comfortable and efficient for people on bikes.

Tomorrow night (9/29) is the second meeting of the newly formed Citizen’s Advisory Committee for the project and there are plenty of big issues to weigh in on. According to PBOT project manager Rich Newlands, who shared details of the project at a recent Bicycle Advisory Committee meeting, the biggest challenge for the project is how to make room for bike traffic on SE 52nd south of Division. That stretch of road not only has high volumes of (relatively fast) motor vehicle traffic, but PBOT estimates they’d have to remove 200-250 on-street parking spaces to make room for bike lanes. [Read more…]

13 years later, 50s bikeway project finally gets rolling

Avatar by on January 20th, 2010 at 11:46 am

SE 52nd Avenue — soon to be bike boulevard-ized.
(Photo: PBOT)

This morning, Portland City Council formally accepted a $1.3 million grant for the 50s Bikeway, a project that was first identified as a priority in Portland’s 1996 Bike Master Plan. Today’s acceptance of the grant is a procedural formality (technically, it’s the signing of an Inter-Governmental Agreement between PBOT and the Oregon Department of Transportation), but it also allows PBOT to begin the final planning and outreach stages of the project.

Once complete, the 50s Bikeway will be a 6.7 mile mix of bike lanes (some exist already) and bike boulevard treatments (like medians and other traffic calming elements). The planned route begins in Northeast Portland at 57th and Thompson and goes south on 53rd Avenue to cross I-84. The route then jogs to 52nd and continues south to Woodstock Blvd.[Read more…]