North Lombard bike lane project online open house now available

Most people (including my son and I) opt for the sidewalk on this stretch of Lombard because there’s no bike lane.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

It’s time to share feedback on a project that aims to make North Lombard safer through the Kenton neighborhood.

As we’ve reported, the Oregon Department of Transportation has already heard plenty of feedback on their Lombard Multimodal Safety Project from businesses and freight interests.

Now it’s time for you to take a closer look at what’s proposed, and tell ODOT what you think about it.

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Kenton Business Association supports parking removal, bike lanes on Lombard

The project will result in no parking on North Lombard between Fiske and Boston.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Last week I got one of those emails I dread: Proposed bike lanes could be in jeopardy because a business group is making a fuss about parking removal. Making matters worse was that the project in question was Oregon Department of Transportation’s Lombard Safety Project, which we know is giving major heartburn to the City of Portland Freight Committee.

To learn more I tracked down a letter (PDF) dated November 7th to ODOT from the Kenton Business Association. The letter confirmed my fears. “On behalf of the Kenton Business Association (KBA) and the more than 200 businesses we represent,” it read, “we urge you to reconsider elements of the Lombard Multimodal Safety Project… We believe the current design of this project presents a serious safety risk to cyclists, puts an undue burden on our vital small businesses, and will have a profoundly negative impact on our neighbors on this stretch of N Lombard.”

Oh no. Here we go again, I thought.

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