City Club of Portland to ODOT: Status quo on Barbur is “unacceptable”

Buffered Bike Lane with a bike symbol and arrow pointing forward

“This crucial connection to Southwest Portland has been too dangerous for too long and delayed action will almost certainly result in more preventable collisions and injuries.”
— City Club of Portland

The City Club of Portland, a local civic institution founded in 1916, has added their voice to the growing chorus calling for the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) to fast-track a road diet on SW Barbur Blvd.

In a letter sent to Mayor Charlie Hales and the rest of City Council today, the chair of City Club’s Bicycle Transportation Advocacy Committee, Craig Beebe, calls on ODOT to “immediately study solutions on Barbur that could significantly improve safety for every road user.”

“This crucial connection to Southwest Portland has been too dangerous for too long,” reads the letter, “and delayed action will almost certainly result in more preventable collisions and injuries.”

Here’s another excerpt (emphasis mine):

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