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See PBOT’s latest tweak to Broadway/Williams bike signal

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on December 28th, 2010 at 11:20 am

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PBOT crew at work this morning.
(Photos © J. Maus)

A Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) signal operations crew was out at the new Broadway/Williams bike signal this morning. The new signal was installed on October 13th to try and decrease the amount of right-hook collisions that have plagued the intersection for several years.

After over two months, even after some initial tweaks to make it work better, some motor vehicle operators are still not complying with the “no right turn on red” sign.

At issue is a curbside bike lane that is to the right of two right-turn only lanes. PBOT’s new bike signal gives the bike lane its own green light, but the problem is that people in the right-turn only lanes would see the green indicator and assume it was for them — and then make an illegal turn that put non-motorized traffic in danger. [Read more…]

Checking in on the Broadway/Williams bike signal

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on October 15th, 2010 at 9:51 am

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Traffic at Williams this morning.
(Photos © J. Maus)

It’s Day Three of the new bike signal at Broadway and Williams in North Portland. When PBOT turned on the signal Wednesday, some safety issues became apparent, so they immediately came up with a list of fixes that we shared with you yesterday.
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PBOT: Changes coming to new bike signal on Broadway

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on October 14th, 2010 at 1:23 pm

This morning, crews stood at the
signal to make sure people knew
it was there.
(Photo: Kristin Bott)

As I reported yesterday, the new bike signals installed on Broadway at N. Williams have been turned on. Unfortunately, they weren’t quite ready for prime time and there were safety concerns that became apparent once everything went live. This morning, PBOT shared a list of changes they plan to make at the intersection immediately.

The issue of most concern to PBOT was that road users (mostly people on bikes) were not aware of the new bike signal. This is serious, because with the bike lane now to the right of two right-turn lanes, there’s potential for collisions if people do not comply with the signals (learn more about how the new signal works in this post).[Read more…]

City flips switch on bike signals at Broadway/Williams (Video) – UPDATED

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on October 13th, 2010 at 4:46 pm

The new bike signals at Broadway/Williams. As you can tell by the encroachment of this motor vehicle, it will take some time for folks to get used to the changes.

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PBOT: Broadway/Williams bike signal coming next week

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on October 8th, 2010 at 3:02 pm

The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation has just announced details on their project to make the notoriously dangerous Broadway/Williams intersection safer for bike traffic.

PBOT’s solution revolves around a new, bike-only traffic signal. Learn more about the City’s plans in our report last month. The new signal and lane re-striping is slated for installation by next week. Read the press release from PBOT below for more details:

New Bike signal at N Broadway, Williams is part of traffic redesign[Read more…]

First look at City’s final plans for Broadway/Williams

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on September 16th, 2010 at 3:04 pm

Existing conditions at Broadway/Williams

N Broadway and Williams, one of Portland’s most dangerous intersections to ride a bike through, is finally going to be addressed. No, this isn’t just another drill. This is actually going to happen. Bureau of Transportation spokesperson Dan Anderson confirmed today that the project — which includes lane re-striping and a bike-only traffic signal — should be completed by the end of October.
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Checking in on five languishing bike projects

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on August 19th, 2010 at 4:17 pm

N. Rosa Parks Way at I-5-1

A plan to make N. Rosa Parks Way
safer for bicycling has been
in the works since
April 2008.
(Photos © J. Maus)

As part of my daily work here at BikePortland, I track a lot of projects. The other day, prompted by a question from reader Jessica Roberts, I began to think about all the bike projects that are currently delayed and languishing for one reason or another.

Below are updates on five such projects. Each of them has been planned, discussed, and promised, but none of them have broken ground.
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Some human help at a very dangerous intersection

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on June 18th, 2010 at 10:53 am

A flagger working with PBOT paving crews stops car traffic at Broadway and Williams to make sure people on bikes get through safely.
(Photos © J. Maus)

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The streetcar construction (black and) blues

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on May 21st, 2010 at 9:52 am

Portland Streetcar crews are in the middle of major construction all along Broadway right now. Work zones are always of special concern for people on bikes, but this stretch of Broadway — between NE Grand and and the Broadway Bridge — is not a nice place for bike traffic even without construction.

Add in one of the most glaring safety gaps in Portland’s entire bike network (the intersection of Broadway and Williams, which the City listed as dangerous over 2 1/2 years ago yet has done nothing to make safer) — and you’re bound to have some problems.

Portlander Aaron Reyna is the latest victim of that intersection. He got in touch with us after being hit at that intersection yesterday morning. Here are snips from his email where he describes how the confusing construction zone resulted in him taking a trip to urgent care (emphasis mine):[Read more…]

Broadway/Williams update: Why the project will wait for streetcar

Adams Carroll (News Intern) by on December 1st, 2009 at 7:30 am

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The project will move the bike traffic
lane curbside (among other things).
(Photo © J. Maus)

New details about pending safety improvements for the notorious NE Broadway/N Williams intersection have emerged since we published an update last Monday. In our story, we reported that the bike safety improvements (which include a new bike-only signal and traffic lane reconfigurations) had been put on hold because of the impending streetcar project which is slated to run up Broadway. Engineers working on the bike project, they told us, were concerned that any changes they made would be torn out once streetcar construction started.

Our story also reprinted a statement made by PBOT Traffic Engineer Rob Burchfield in October 2008, that “funding [for the Broadway/Williams fix] is available and construction could start once a design is decided on.” [Read more…]