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Seattle judge says City not liable in streetcar track lawsuit

New tracks on Lovejoy.(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland) There’s been a big development in a legal battle up in Seattle that has similarities to an issue we have here in Portland. As we shared back in June 2010, several Seattle residents who crashed while bicycling across streetcar tracks filed a lawsuit claiming that the City of … Read more


Once again, bike lane bollards torn out by auto traffic on NW Lovejoy

A man riding down NW Lovejoy yesterday, alongside what used to be plastic bollards.(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland) It looks like PBOT will have to head back to the drawing board in their effort to create separation between bike and auto traffic on the NW Lovejoy ramp leading down from the Broadway Bridge. About a month … Read more


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The Oregonian’s commute columnist weighs in on Broadway Bridge pole issue

A new pole for the streetcar (marked with orange/white stripes) has narrowed the entry to the Broadway Bridge path.(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland) As the story unfolds about how and why Portland Streetcar Inc. installed a utility pole on the Broadway Bridge bike/walk path, it is becoming more clear that they made a bad move. We’ll … Read more


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City working on educational video about bicycling near streetcar tracks

Existing streetcar track education effort.(Photo © J. Maus) The City of Portland is working with Portland Streetcar and streetcar project contractor Shiels Obletz Johnsen on a new educational video about how to ride a bicycle around streetcar tracks. City spokesperson Dan Anderson said the idea to do a video was spurred by a “desire to … Read more


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A few ideas on how to improve streetcar track safety

On the Cherry Ave Bridge in Chicago, the tracks are filled with rubber so bicycle riders can roll over them without worry.(Photo: Steven Vance) As we continue to discuss the ongoing problem of streetcar tracks causing people to crash while bicycling in Portland, I thought it might be helpful to share some potential solutions. Many … Read more


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Pearl District resident raises red flag on Lovejoy biking dangers

Despite presence of precarious streetcar tracks, many people still ride on Lovejoy.(Photo © J. Maus) The Eastside Streetcar project has radically altered vehicle access to the Pearl District. If you ride a bicycle, the changes have been especially acute (as I shared back in July). NW Lovejoy has been decommissioned as a bike route and … Read more