cycle tracks

City releases new video to explain cycle tracks, buffered bike lanes

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on April 1st, 2010 at 8:35 am

On the Right Track from Sam Adams on Vimeo.

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New “buffered bike lane” coming to SW Stark, Oak

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on May 26th, 2009 at 6:53 am

This drawing shows design of new buffered bike lanes. Notice how a lane of motor-vehicle traffic has been re-purposed and will now be used for bike traffic.

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PBOT works on cycle track design, legal issues

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on May 13th, 2009 at 2:22 pm

City Traffic Engineer Rob Burchfield
presented the new cycle track to
the bike advisory committee
at City Hall last night.
(Photos © J. Maus)

Last month, when Mayor Adams and the Bureau of Transportation announced the new, cycle track pilot project on SW Broadway, many people in the community were excited. The removal of an entire lane of auto traffic on a marquee downtown street just to create more space for bike traffic was cause for celebration in bike circles.

However, it wasn’t all smiles in Bikeville and some people raised concerns about the new facility.

The concerns seemed to be primarily about how folks would negotiate a left turn out of the cycle track (bikes are separated from motor vehicle traffic by parked cars), and how the cycle track (a new facility type not specifically defined in Oregon statutes) would jibe with existing traffic laws that govern bikeways.[Read more…]

Adams announces new cycletrack coming to SW Broadway

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on April 30th, 2009 at 10:00 am

PBOT’s drawing for proposed cycletrack on SW Broadway.
(Photos © J. Maus)

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Cycle track coming to North Park Blocks

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on March 23rd, 2009 at 8:21 pm

Cross section of new cycle track coming to North Park Blocks.

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Pedaling down Guadalajara’s first cycle track

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on February 13th, 2009 at 6:47 pm

Guadalajara’s first cycle track runs for 5km on each side of Avenida Federalismo.
(Photos © J. Maus)

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Support grows for cycle track on Capitol Highway

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on February 2nd, 2009 at 2:18 pm

PDOT Transportation Safety Summit

Hillsdale n’hood association
president and trails
advocate Don Baack.
(Photo © J. Maus)

Local newspaper, The Southwest Community Connection reports that the Hillsdale Neighborhood Association is in unanimous support of building a cycle track on Capitol Highway.

In their “Government Beat” column published Sunday, the paper wrote:

Don Baack, president of the Neighborhood Association, said the project is a long way off from reality but that it was important for the neighborhood to throw its hat in the ring early.[Read more…]

On the street in NYC: Checking out the 9th Ave. cycletrack

Avatar by on January 9th, 2009 at 10:14 am

“Over the few blocks that I rode, I saw it used in a number of ways, including actual cycling.”

While I was in New York City for a few hours on Wednesday on my way from New Haven to Baltimore, I took the Brompton for a rainy ride down the new 9th Avenue cycletrack. The cycletrack, common in Copenhagen and Amsterdam but still relatively rare in the US, is a bike lane that is physically separated from motor vehicle traffic.

Portland is building a cycle track in the Northeast Cully neighborhood, and new mayor Sam Adams has pledged to build a higher-profile one in his first 100 days in office.

StreetFilms captured some New Yorkers’ first reactions to this cycletrack, the city’s first.

Since then, New Yorkers have incorporated the cycletrack into their daily life. Over the few blocks that I rode, I saw it used in a number of ways, including actual cycling. Below are some photos and more of my thoughts:[Read more…]

Portland and the rise of the “American-style” cycle track

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on November 26th, 2008 at 11:35 am

“Sam (Adams) has directed (City Traffic Engineer) Rob Burchfield to indentify opportunities for a “high visibility” cycle track to be rolled out in Sam’s first 100 days as mayor.”
— Sam Adams’ chief of staff Tom Miller, in an email to Metro Councilor Rex Burkholder

There’s no denying that 2009 is shaping up to be the Year of the Cycle Track in Portland.

PDOT already has one in the books for NE Cully Blvd., they’re working closely with streetcar planners to put one adjacent to the new line in the Lloyd District on NE 7th Ave., and planners, advocates, and other local bike insiders (including our next Mayor and his chief of staff) are all singing the cycle track’s praises after seeing them in action in cities like Amsterdam and Copenhagen.[Read more…]

Portland’s first cycle track proposed for Cully

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on November 20th, 2008 at 2:53 pm

A cross-section detail of proposed design of NE Cully Street shows 8 1/2-foot wide cycle-track. Note: Not shown is a wide pedestrian walkway. See below for fully cross-section.

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