bikeway development projects

Open house set for “transformation” of NE Multnomah Blvd in Lloyd District

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on May 1st, 2012 at 6:51 am

Going on a diet.

On May 15th, the Lloyd Transportation Management Assocation (TMA) and the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) will unveil their plans to significantly alter the roadway design on NE Multnomah Street. Or in their words, give it a “transportation transformation.”

The open house announcement for this project — which we first reported on back in December — was sent out to stakeholders today. Here’s a snip from the invite:

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Williams project update: Gordly weighs in; walking, biking tours announced

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on August 29th, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Existing conditions on Williams Ave-17

Traffic on Williams Avenue.
(Photo © J. Maus)

There are some new developments in the project to improve bicycling and traffic safety on N. Williams Avenue.

Following the most recent Stakeholder Advisory Committee meeting on August 2nd, project staff have announced that in lieu of a September meeting, they will host two tours of the street in order to give SAC members (and the public) a first-hand look at existing conditions.
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PBOT back to drawing board on Willamette Blvd due to parking concerns

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on June 14th, 2011 at 1:13 pm

Sauvie Island Strawberry Ride

Traffic analysis shows about 50% of car
traffic on Willamette goes
40 mph (the limit is 35).
(Photos © J. Maus)

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is considering other options for how to improve bike access on N. Willamette Blvd after hearing loud and clear from adjacent homeowners that they don’t want to lose on-street parking.

The goal of PBOT’s North Willamette Boulevard Bikeway Development Project is to create a “low-stress” bicycling environment and improve bikeway access on this key link between North Rosa Parks Way and Woolsey (it’s one of five projects the City announced in May 2010). Since this project was first identified over a year ago, the idea was to create more space for bicycle traffic by re-allocating space currently being used for on-street parking.[Read more…]

Opposition piles up on Holladay Street project

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on May 11th, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Mick O’Connell said his new development
must have auto access on Holladay.
(Photo © J. Maus)

Efforts to improve bike access through the Lloyd District took yet another turn for the worse at a Stakeholder Advisory Committee meeting yesterday. Several influential business interests — including a representative of the Portland Development Commission (PDC) — expressed opposition motor vehicle access restrictions that many feel are key to turning NE Holladay Street into a low-stress bikeway. [Read more…]

Holladay St project: From carfree to… compromised?

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on May 10th, 2011 at 11:35 am

NE Holladay street-4

Already half-way taken up by a MAX line,
a few parking spaces is all that stands between
an excellent east-west bikeway on Holladay.
(Photos © J. Maus)

If you’ve been paying attention you know that the City of Portland is coming up against considerable opposition in their quest to make even modest improvements to bicycle access in the Lloyd District.

We’ve detailed the opposition leveled at the City by the Central Eastside Industrial Council over the re-allocation of space on NE 12th Avenue. Now opposition has also reared its head on NE Holladay Street, where the the proposal to remove 33 on-street parking spaces faces opposition that could derail the entire project.[Read more…]

Editorial: Does Portland’s Bike Plan matter?

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on May 5th, 2011 at 3:03 pm

Time to get it off the shelf.
(Illustration: Mark Markovich)

I just returned from an open house for the Lloyd District Bikeway projects. Unfortunately, my hunches about the direction each of them is headed have been confirmed.

At this point, I think it’s time to take the Portland Bicycle Plan for 2030 off the shelf and give it a re-read.

After a presentation by the project team at the open house today, Craig Harlow, speaking as a member of the Lloyd TMA Bike Committee (he’s also a member of the Stakeholder Advisory Committee), shared some closing remarks. Here’s what he said:[Read more…]

City begins public process for trio of Lloyd District bikeway projects

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on December 9th, 2010 at 12:38 pm

Stakeholder advisory committee
met this morning.
(Photo © J. Maus)

The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation began the public process on three projects aimed to improve biking in and around the Lloyd District this morning.

The three projects (which we first reported on back in May) include: improving bike traffic flow through the NE 12th Ave/I-84 overpass; making NE Holladay Street into a bike corridor; and closing the bikeway gap on Vancouver Ave near the Rose Quarter. The first meeting of the Stakeholder Advisory Committee was held this morning and was hosted by Scott Bricker (hired as a public outreach consultant) and PBOT project manager Ellen Vanderslice.[Read more…]

Council vote could spur major bikeway projects

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on September 14th, 2010 at 11:41 am

Bike traffic - bridge closure-7

Bike traffic on NE Wheeler Avenue
near the Rose Quarter.
(Photo © J. Maus).

The City of Portland is moving forward with a slate of projects that will have a huge impact on the quality of our bikeway network. Tomorrow, City Council is expected to approve a $214,900 contract with Alta Planning + Design to begin the public outreach and design process on five projects in North and Northeast Portland.
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PBOT looks for help to develop new bike projects

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on May 4th, 2010 at 12:21 pm

A better bikeway on Vancouver leading
into the Rose Quarter area is one
of the projects PBOT wants help on.
(Photos © J. Maus)

The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation has put out Request for Proposals to hire a consultant that will help them further develop five new bikeway projects and to assess the feasibility of three others. The projects were identified in the 2030 Bike Plan and PBOT says this is a first step toward implementing them.

The $185,000 RFP specifically names five projects that would set a new standard for bikeways that PBOT describes are, “envisioned to make riders feel safer and more comfortable than they would feel in standard bike lanes.”

In addition to the five projects, PBOT wants help to assess the technical feasibility of three others.

The five projects listed in the RFP for futher development are:[Read more…]