Central City in Motion

Below is our coverage of this project. See the City of Portland’s project page here.

PBOT set to break ground on NW Broadway protected bike lanes

Avatar by on September 23rd, 2020 at 10:48 am

Concept drawing of Broadway and Davis intersection.
(Source: City of Portland)

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Plans for SW 4th Avenue include physically protected bikeway, bus-only lane

Avatar by on August 20th, 2020 at 11:52 am

Concept plans for SW 4th at Hall shows protected bike lane, bus lane and new floating bus island.

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Updates to Hawthorne, NW Broadway will create more space for cycling and transit

Avatar by on January 30th, 2020 at 10:30 am

Design concept for SE Hawthorne between Grand and 6th.

Two of Portland’s most vital bikeways are on the cusp of big changes. [Read more…]

This is the future of Northwest Naito Parkway

Avatar by on July 24th, 2019 at 1:02 pm

“It’s a celebration!” beamed a helpful person at the check-in desk as I walked into the big open house for the Central City in Motion plan last night at UO’s White Stag Building. “We have cookies and temporary tattoos!” It was indeed an upbeat vibe as PBOT presented projects to the public for the first time since the plan passed City Council in November.
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Open house will offer peeks at Central City in Motion projects

Avatar by on July 22nd, 2019 at 12:40 pm

PBOT will share the latest designs for the NW Flanders bikeway and several other Central City in Motion projects at the event.

Plans only matter if the projects within them get built. That’s a mantra we’re all too familiar with.
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A closer look at the new bus/bike lane on SW Madison

Avatar by on May 21st, 2019 at 12:25 pm

The new treatment — meant to speed up buses and make cycling safer — starts at 4th and lasts two blocks. (Scroll down for full gallery and video)
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

When the Portland Bureau of Transportation revealed their plans for SW Madison last week, there was at first rejoicing. Many of us are desperate for any change to our streets that makes bicycling and transit safer and more efficient. Dedicating a wide lane solely for transit and bike riders on a major downtown corridor is an exciting step in the right direction.

But almost as soon as we posted about the project, there were concerns about how this new lane would be shared by people operating such dramatically different vehicles. [Read more…]

PBOT will install a bus/bike only lane on SW Madison this weekend

Avatar by on May 17th, 2019 at 1:51 pm

Coming soon to SW Madison!

The Portland Bureau of Transportation announced the construction of its first Central City in Motion (CCIM) project today: SW Madison – one of the busiest bikeways in Portland — will get a dedicated bus operation and bicycling lane that will be separated from other traffic. The project aims to speed up bus trips, make it safer to ride a bike, and lower the the stress of drivers by giving them clear separation from other road users.
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Two more reasons we need more dedicated cycling space in the central city

Avatar by on April 23rd, 2019 at 12:40 pm

Streets like NW 10th are very intimidating to ride on — especially when you have a streetcar operator harassing you.

In the past week I’ve heard about two incidents that illustrate an often overlooked reason why we need more dedicated, protected bikeways in the central city. [Read more…]

PBOT will form 18-member ‘working group’ for Central City in Motion plan

Avatar by on February 26th, 2019 at 4:07 pm

The Portland Bureau of Transportation is forming an official advisory body to oversee implementation of the Central City in Motion plan. That plan includes 18 “transformative” projects aimed at improving the efficiency and safety of key central city corridors. Among the changes will be transit lanes, protected bike lanes, updated crossings, and more. Taken together, the projects represent the most ambitious re-thinking of roadway space in decades.

Suffice it to say, there’s a lot riding on this effort. Perhaps that’s why PBOT has taken this step of convening a formal Working Group. According to the announcement released today by the Office of Community & Civic Life, the group will be an official city advisory body and will, “offer strategic advice to help the project team successfully implement projects.

Specifically, members of the group will:

Provide input on priorities for project design and construction
Connect the project team with key stakeholders and community representatives and identify opportunities for public engagement on project design
Identify opportunities for the private sector to leverage public investments
Monitor project delivery
Evaluate project performance

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A planned and funded project could have prevented this morning’s fatal collision

Avatar by on January 4th, 2019 at 12:04 pm


*Existing conditions (left) and PBOT concept drawing of SW Salmon and Park with “X” marking approximate collision location. (Click to enlarge)

This morning someone died while walking across a street in downtown Portland. It’s the first traffic fatality of 2019.

A project approved by City Council in November might have prevented it.
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