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While PBOT placates business owners, another person gets right-hooked at Broadway/Wheeler – UPDATED

by on August 17th, 2012 at 11:34 am

Mayor and Transportation Commissioner
Sam Adams says safety is his
#1 transportation priority.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

This morning another person was taken to the hospital after suffering injuries in a right hook collision at N Broadway and Wheeler.

Last week I sat in a meeting at the Portland Building and listened to an impassioned PBOT employee describe the agency’s desire to close, N Wheeler Avenue at Broadway to prevent right hooks. The staffer said a partial or full closure of Wheeler was the only solution they have found to prevent repeated right-hooks, “that we think is very likely to cause a serious injury or death.” The staffer added, with a palpable sense of urgency, that PBOT sees this is a “a critical safety problem that we’re focused on addressing in an immediate way.”

There was talk from PBOT at that meeting, and agreement from several key stakeholders, that traffic barricades should be placed on Wheeler right away, without delay, in order to prevent further injury.

Unfortunately, action is stalled because a few businesses in the lower Albina district are concerned about how a closure of Wheeler might impact them (Wheeler is not the only road that accesses the businesses). [Read more…]

To prevent right-hooks, PBOT will take bold step and close Wheeler Ave

by on August 10th, 2012 at 3:54 pm

PBOT’s Greg Raisman shares plans for Broadway/Wheeler.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) has announced plans to close auto access on N Wheeler Avenue where it intersects with Broadway. The surprise announcement — nothing short of a bold attempt to prevent right-hook collisions — was made at a special meeting of neighborhood reps, ODOT, and other stakeholders at the City of Portland building earlier today. The meeting was called to discuss “immediate” steps to improve what PBOT (and many others) see as an urgent safety issue: Right-hook collisions at N. Broadway and Wheeler.
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PBOT moves to find “immediate” solutions for N Broadway/Flint/Wheeler intersection

by on August 2nd, 2012 at 11:05 am

Broadway and Flint meeting-2

A meeting back in June helped highlight
safety concerns at the intersection.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

It looks likes years of citizen activism might finally bear fruit. Yesterday, Betsy Reese — the co-owner of the Paramount Apartments situated on the peninsula formed by the intersection of N. Broadway, Flint, and Wheeler streets near I-5 — announced that PBOT is set to host a special public meeting next week to come up with safety fixes for the notoriously dangerous location.

I first reported about serious safety concerns at this intersection back in December 2007, when the Portland Water Bureau (who has their headquarters just northwest of the location) decided to prohibit their employees from making the right turn from Broadway onto Wheeler. Water Bureau safety officials made the decision out of concerns about right-hooks following two fatal collisions just months prior.
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Collision at N Broadway/Wheeler sends man to the hospital

by on July 10th, 2012 at 10:47 am

Photo of this morning’s collision
at Broadway/Flint.
(Photo: Gerik Kransky)

A man riding her bike down N. Broadway and came in contact with a truck at the intersection of N. Flint this morning. The collision occurred at about 9:15 am.

According to a source who spoke to the responding police officer, the man on the bike was coming down Broadway, “too fast” and then “flipped her bike and struck the truck.” (It’s not clear what speed constitutes “too fast”.)

The man was transported to the hospital via ambulance but does not have any serious injuries.
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Another collision at Broadway/Wheeler: Time to act?

by on June 13th, 2012 at 4:17 pm

Looking west on Broadway with a van turning
right on Wheeler.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Yet another person has been injured due a collision on North Broadway where it crosses Flint and Wheeler (map). This has been a known problem spot for years and just last week there was a collision that ended up with a man in the hospital and a shattered rear window.

Today I got an email from Betsy Reese, owner of the Paramount Apartments that are situated on the peninsula between Flint and Wheeler north of Broadway. She typed hastily from her phone (hence the typos):

“There was just another car/bike accident out front. Biker taken bx ambulence. Driver said she didnt know where he came from.”

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Rider in Flint/Broadway collision speaks out (and so do I)

by on June 8th, 2012 at 11:00 am

“It took losing a couple of teeth for me to definitively decide to ride a different route.”
— Karl Zickrick, victim of the Broadway/Flint intersection

Given the media attention around Wednesday’s nasty collision on N Broadway between Flint and Wheeler, I thought it’d be worthwhile to highlight the words of the man whose body shattered the window of the SUV.

Karl Zickrick left a comment late last night just after he returned from the hospital. Below is what Karl says about how the incident happened and about his ongoing safety concerns for that intersection (emphasis mine): (After sharing Karl’s comment, I too share some opinions about that intersection and about safety in general.)[Read more…]

Another collision at notorious N Broadway/Flint/Wheeler intersection – UPDATED

by on June 6th, 2012 at 11:21 am

Still from KGW video footage this morning.

This morning there was a serious collision on N. Broadway between N. Flint and N. Wheeler — an intersection that has been identified by the City as one of the worst in Portland for bike/car collisions. According to reader who rolled up on the aftermath, it happened at about 6:30 am. The collision was also spotted by KGW’s Sky8 chopper as it flew over the area checking morning traffic.

Reader Jo Price says he saw a police officer, “loading up a very smashed up bike,” into a patrol car. I haven’t gotten word about the rider’s condition, but judging from the shattered windshield of the SUV seen on the KGW footage (below), it was likely somewhat serious.

Check out the image shared by a KGW Sky8 pilot via Twitter:

Via @Sky8JJ on Twitter

For another look at the collision’s aftermath, watch the KGW video:[Read more…]

Problems persist on Broadway

by on October 22nd, 2010 at 10:32 am

Observing Broadway traffic-6

With high volumes of cars and bikes,
Broadway needs our attention.
(Photos © J. Maus)

No street in Portland has gotten more attention on this site over the years than Broadway; and it doesn’t look to be ending any time soon. Before I get into some current bike safety issues that exist on the street, let me take you back in time…

There was the infamous hotel zone saga, the city’s first experiment with a parking protected bike lane (a.k.a. cycle track) down near PSU, the stop sign controversies and resulting attention from PBOT at Flint, the safety concerns at Wheeler, and of course, the numerous stories we’ve done about the dangers of right hooks at Williams.[Read more…]

Woman arrested after stop sign violation, question about ID

by on August 27th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

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Broadway and Flint.
(Photo © J. Maus)

A woman was handcuffed and placed under arrest this morning after she was stopped for running the stop sign at NE Flint and Broadway when she asked the police officer if she was required to show identification. She was subsequently issued a citation and released.

Jessica Jarratt, 37, the executive director of an arts funding nonprofit, was commuting from her Northeast Portland home to her office in the Pearl this morning around 9:00am. In a phone interview this afternoon, she described being stopped by a police officer at Flint and Broadway, along with several other people on bikes, after she had turned right onto Broadway from Flint without coming to a complete stop.[Read more…]

With new markings, PDOT hopes ‘Bikes stop’

by on September 26th, 2008 at 10:57 am

New markings in the bike lane on N. Flint at Broadway.
(Photos J. Maus)

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