lloyd district bikeway projects

PBOT’s new plan for Holladay St bikeway includes auto parking swap

Avatar by on September 27th, 2011 at 3:15 pm

NE Holladay street-4

A new plan by PBOT would convert
the auto parking on this stretch
of Holladay into a 10-foot
wide shared auto/bike lane.
(Photo © J. Maus)

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) has released a new plan for how to turn NE Holladay Street into a major, two-way bikeway from the Rose Quarter Transit Center to Holladay Park in the Lloyd District.

Advocates initially pushed to make Holladay completely carfree; but that idea was off the table by the time PBOT began an official public process for the project back in December 2010. Then, real estate developers, various Lloyd District stakeholders, and even the Portland Development Commission piled on with objections to the “loss” of any parking on NE Holladay — an element of the project that’s considered imperative to make the required space for a comfortable bikeway.[Read more…]

From Sydney, a look at the future of NE Holladay?

Avatar by on August 3rd, 2011 at 10:06 am

NE Holladay street-4

See image below for how NE Holladay
could be transformed with an
enhanced bikeway.
(Photo © J. Maus)

As I shared on Monday, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is still trying to figure out how to move forward on a project to make NE Holladay Street a high-quality, east-west bike route through the Lloyd District. The initial plan was to make the entire, southern side of the street carfree (the northern side is already taken by the MAX train) — but that idea fell victim to compromise due to opposition from real estate developers and other powerful stakeholders concerned about any loss of motor vehicle “circulation” and on-street parking.

This morning, a friend (Matt Haughey) shared a photo of a new bike facility in downtown Sydney, Australia…[Read more…]

Analysis shows NE Holladay is best east-west bikeway option through Lloyd District

Avatar by on August 1st, 2011 at 11:15 am

NE Holladay-2

Analysis shows NE Holladay has
great potential as a bikeway
corridor.
(Photo © J. Maus)

Alta Planning and Design has evaluated three east-west corridors through the Lloyd District to determine which one has the most potential as a high-quality bikeway. The study examined NE Lloyd Boulevard, NE Multnomah, and NE Holladay streets. The winner was NE Holladay; which, if you’ve been paying attention, shouldn’t come as a big surprise.

The big question now is: Will this analysis be enough to persuade opposition to the Holladay project? Here’s the backstory…[Read more…]

12th Avenue overcrossing plans moves forward, with concerns

Avatar by on June 16th, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Vic Alfonso, owner of Alfonso Cadillac,
explains his concerns with PBOT project manager
Ellen Vanderslice after this morning’s meeting.
(Photo © J. Maus)

After six months of meetings, analysis and negotiations, the City of Portland appears poised to implement changes that will improve bicycle access on and around the 12th Avenue bridge over I-84 in the Lloyd District.

At a meeting of the Stakeholder Advisory Committee for the Lloyd District Bikeway Development Projects this morning, a straw poll on whether or not the current plans (see them below) are “on the right track” was just one vote shy of unanimous.

Here are some highlights from the currently proposed plan (followed by official drawings):[Read more…]

Update from PBOT on NE 12th Ave overcrossing project

Avatar by on June 2nd, 2011 at 12:13 pm

The info below was sent to Lloyd District project stakeholders by the City of Portland’s project manager (we’ll have more analysis on the front page later):

This message is an update on the test process for the traffic signals in the vicinity of the NE 12th Avenue overcrossing. The Portland Bureau of Transportation has installed new traffic signal controllers and completed the communication links and programming. We have completed the first two stages of a three-stage test, during which we’re collecting data about travel time, delay, and queue lengths at the signals.

In stage one, we collected baseline data for traffic conditions with the preexisting signal programming. In stage two, we modified the signal programming at NE 12th and Irving, NE Lloyd and 11th-12th, and NE Lloyd and 13th, without making any on-the-road changes. The indications from stage two are favorable, so we expect to proceed with stage three, in which our Maintenance Operations crews will implement temporary traffic control measures to simulate a “one lane in, two lanes out” configuration.

The temporary traffic control is scheduled to be installed this weekend. It will consist of traffic delineator posts at the entry end of each of the inner (left) lanes, along with appropriate signage. We are working with Franz Family Bakeries, which has been extremely helpful, to ensure that the temporary traffic control is appropriately placed to avoid compromising the left turn for trucks.

No permanent changes to the roadway will be implemented until we have completed the test process and the Lloyd District Bikeway Development Projects Stakeholder Advisory Group has had a chance to consider the results. The Lloyd SAC is scheduled to discuss this project on June 16, so we expect to have fully analyzed results by that time.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to let me know, and feel free to forward this message to anyone who is interested in the project.

The parking/biking trade-off: Q & A with PDC Director Patrick Quinton

Avatar by on June 1st, 2011 at 2:21 pm

PBOT wants to create a high-quality, two-way
bikeway on NE Holladay. One of the issues
with the project is how to deal
with on-street parking.
(Photo © J. Maus)

Last month, a representative from the Portland Development Commission (PDC) said they’d oppose any on-street parking removal on NE Holladay as part of a plan to create a high-quality bikeway on that street.

The announcement was a surprise, not just because the PDC is a City of Portland entity, but because parking removal is considered nearly essential to reaching the project’s goal of providing, “comfortable and convenient non-motorized access” from the Rose Quarter through the Lloyd District.
[Read more…]

Committee decides on changes to Vancouver/Wheeler near Rose Quarter

Avatar by on May 27th, 2011 at 12:49 pm

Bike traffic in The Vancouver Gap-6

The right lane of this block of
Vancouver between Broadway
and Weidler will become a bus/bike
only lane.
(Photos © J. Maus)

The Stakeholder Advisory Committee for PBOT’s Lloyd District Bikeway Development projects has reached a decision on how to improve North Vancouver/Wheeler Avenues between Broadway and the Rose Quarter.

This project — which includes what we’ve referred to in the past as the “Vancouver Gap” — is one of three the committee is working on (the others, the 12th Avenue overcrossing and a bikeway on NE Holladay are still being hashed out). The committee made their official technical recommendation to the Portland Bureau of Transportation on May 19th.[Read more…]

Opposition piles up on Holladay Street project

Avatar by on May 11th, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Mick O’Connell said his new development
must have auto access on Holladay.
(Photo © J. Maus)

Efforts to improve bike access through the Lloyd District took yet another turn for the worse at a Stakeholder Advisory Committee meeting yesterday. Several influential business interests — including a representative of the Portland Development Commission (PDC) — expressed opposition motor vehicle access restrictions that many feel are key to turning NE Holladay Street into a low-stress bikeway. [Read more…]

Holladay St project: From carfree to… compromised?

Avatar by on May 10th, 2011 at 11:35 am

NE Holladay street-4

Already half-way taken up by a MAX line,
a few parking spaces is all that stands between
an excellent east-west bikeway on Holladay.
(Photos © J. Maus)

If you’ve been paying attention you know that the City of Portland is coming up against considerable opposition in their quest to make even modest improvements to bicycle access in the Lloyd District.

We’ve detailed the opposition leveled at the City by the Central Eastside Industrial Council over the re-allocation of space on NE 12th Avenue. Now opposition has also reared its head on NE Holladay Street, where the the proposal to remove 33 on-street parking spaces faces opposition that could derail the entire project.[Read more…]

Editorial: Does Portland’s Bike Plan matter?

Avatar by on May 5th, 2011 at 3:03 pm

Time to get it off the shelf.
(Illustration: Mark Markovich)

I just returned from an open house for the Lloyd District Bikeway projects. Unfortunately, my hunches about the direction each of them is headed have been confirmed.

At this point, I think it’s time to take the Portland Bicycle Plan for 2030 off the shelf and give it a re-read.

After a presentation by the project team at the open house today, Craig Harlow, speaking as a member of the Lloyd TMA Bike Committee (he’s also a member of the Stakeholder Advisory Committee), shared some closing remarks. Here’s what he said:[Read more…]