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But wait, there’s more: Greeley protected path will continue to Willamette Blvd

Avatar by on August 17th, 2020 at 11:10 am

Bike lanes adjacent to Adidas North America headquarters on N Greeley Ave will be shifted to the west (left).
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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The North Greeley separated bike path is finally open!

Avatar by on August 6th, 2020 at 3:07 pm

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Sneak peek at new physically protected bike path on North Greeley

Avatar by on July 17th, 2020 at 8:22 am

A thick concrete wall now separates a two-way bike path from other traffic lanes on North Greeley Avenue between Interstate and Going. Note the old bike lane on the west side of the street (right) is now gone.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

The long-awaited and much-delayed bike path on North Greeley Avenue is finally coming together.

Learn more

  • Official project page
  • Total budget $1.8 million. Funded by a City Council-approved Major Maintenance Set-Aside as well as the Heavy Vehicle Use Tax through the voter-approved Fixing Our Streets.
  • A 2018 lawsuit found City of Portland negligent for dangerous conditions on Greeley.

After years of starts-and-stops, the Portland Bureau of Transportation broke ground in October and expects to be finished “mid-summer”.

Greeley matters because it’s a key connection from downtown and the Broadway Bridge/Rose Quarter area to north Portland. With North Williams Avenue being too far east for people traveling to University Park and St. Johns neighborhoods and the bike lanes on North Interstate being unsafe, narrow, and unprotected, Greeley has always had immense potential. With this new protected bike lane, we might finally have a viable, low-stress north-south route to the peninsula.

[Please note: This path is not yet finished and PBOT has not given the “all clear” sign for full public use.]

I rolled over yesterday to check on the progress. I discovered that the northern end at N Going Avenue was open and the new path is fully paved. The new protective wall between the path and other traffic lanes is also installed. Unfortunately, there’s no indication on the north end that the south end is still technically “closed”. PBOT and their contractors must do a better job signing these work zones! There are “Road Closed” barricades up at the south end that require an awkward portage up a dirt hill next to the Hazelnut Grove camps.

As for the path itself. It felt great!

What a difference real protection makes. The concrete wall is a thing of beauty. It’s quite thick and just tall enough to make me feel safe, without feeling boxed-in. The wall reduces noice of passing cars and trucks (a major stressor for vulnerable road users) and I have a hunch its mere presence will reduce driving speeds. It’s hard to tell if the path will be wide enough. The final striping isn’t complete and the real test will be whether or not the 11.5-12-foot width is sufficient for two-way traffic.

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The two photos below should give you a sense for how tall the wall is…

At Going Street, the crossover treatment from the southbound bike lane on the west side of Greeley to the new path is striped, but the bike-only signal isn’t turned on yet. There is however, a new marked crosswalk with a button-activated “Walk” signal.

One thing to keep in mind is that if you ride south on Greeley, please do not take the lane on the west side of the road. The old bike lane is gone (the road was repaved and restriped with this project) and there’s zero shoulder space (photos below). I saw two fast riders taking the lane and it looked very risky as drivers slowed down and swerved to avoid them.

Can’t wait for this to be finished. I think it’s going to be a very welcome addition to our network. And with the addition of the wall, the green space on the hillside adjacent to the path could be turned into a park. Or perhaps we could build some off-road trails in there? It’s truly amazing what’s possible when we create spaces that are physically protected from cars and their drivers.

— Jonathan Maus: (503) 706-8804, @jonathan_maus on Twitter and jonathan@bikeportland.org
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PBOT: North Greeley bike path to be completed mid-summer

Avatar by on June 11th, 2020 at 5:55 pm

Status of the forthcoming path as of this past April. This man is biking in what will soon be the southbound bike lane separated by a concrete barrier.
(Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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Construction of N Greeley bike path has finally started

Avatar by on October 10th, 2019 at 5:25 pm

Drawing of north end of project at Greeley and Going where southbound bicycle riders will cross into the new protected path.

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Adidas to pay $1 million for cycle track on North Greeley Ave

Avatar by on September 23rd, 2019 at 12:25 pm

The cycle-track would upgrade the existing protected lane on Greeley.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Footwear and apparel company Adidas America Inc is poised to spend $1 million for the construction of a cycle-track on the street outside their headquarters in the Overlook neighborhood of north Portland.

City Council is expected to adopt an ordinance (PDF) on Wednesday that will authorize an agreement between Adidas and the City of Portland to give the company a $1 million System Development Charge credit. Adidas in in the midst of a major expansion that will build three new buildings and nearly double the number of employees at the location.
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Editorial: The tragedy of North Greeley Avenue

Avatar by on May 23rd, 2019 at 11:33 am

The Greeley Freeway. Yesterday’s collision occurred near the rear of that white truck on the left.
(Note: Red line is where concrete jersey-barrier protected lane is slated to be built.)
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Yesterday morning around 9:00 am two people died in a collision on North Greeley Avenue. Police say one of the victims, the driver of a sedan, crossed the centerline. That person’s car was hit by another driver and both people in the sedan died as a result of the impact.

While no bicycle user was involved in this crash, I can’t stop thinking about what happened (see aftermath below).
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PBOT says Greeley Ave bikeway will be built this summer

Avatar by on January 8th, 2019 at 9:53 am

Auto users will get about 45 feet of space on Greeley. Bicycle users will get 12 feet. A concrete jersey barrier will separate them from each other.
(Graphic: PBOT)

At long last the construction of a new bikeway on North Greeley Avenue is imminent. At least we hope it is.
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Lawsuit says City of Portland was negligent in Greeley Ave crash

Avatar by on August 31st, 2018 at 8:19 am

The crash scene on the I-5 on-ramp.
(Photos: Portland Police Bureau)

A notorious stretch of North Greeley Avenue where it crosses over an on-ramp to Interstate 5 is the subject of a lawsuit filed yesterday by a Portland law firm.
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Greeley bike path project delayed again, not expected until spring 2019

Avatar by on June 20th, 2018 at 7:32 am

Greeley looking south. Red line is location of future bike path.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus)

Project location. (Map: PBOT)

Initially slated for spring 2017, a project that will create a protected bike path on Greeley Avenue in north Portland has been delayed again and isn’t expect to be built until spring 2019.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation plans to piggyback on a repaving project on Greeley between Interstate and Going in order to create the new bikeway. The current street cross-section of four standard vehicle lanes and two unprotected bike lanes is very dangerous and stressful. People drive very fast at this location and bicycle riders in the southbound direction are forced to negotiate a freeway onramp with auto users traveling over 50 miles per hour.
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