north rosa parks way

PBOT shares updated plans for North Rosa Parks Way protected bike lanes

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on March 27th, 2018 at 4:07 pm

PBOT plans call for a transit median island in this location with the bikeway running (curbside) behind it.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

The redesign of North Rosa Parks Way now includes a bike-only signal, wider bikeways (and narrower lanes for driving), a safer crossing, and a floating transit island. These changes (and a few other tweaks) have been made in the month since the Portland Bureau of Transportation first launched the project back in February.

This key neighborhood collector street will see major striping changes from North Willamette to Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The biggest change is a “parking-protected bikeway” (almost) the entire length of the project — and a buffer stripe with intermittent plastic delineator wands for added protection separation. Instead of on-street parking, PBOT will use the curb lane for a bike-only lane. In the process, PBOT will significantly decrease the amount of parking overall.

Going from west (Willamette Blvd) to east (Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd), here’s how the project has changed in the past month…
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Take PBOT’s survey if you want better bike access on North Rosa Parks Way

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on March 5th, 2018 at 4:55 pm

Rosa Parks is dangerous and outdated. We can do a lot better.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

When we reported on the major changes coming to North Rosa Parks Way last month, the City of Portland hadn’t released their survey for the project.

It’s out now. And because this project is so important, we want to make sure you take a few minutes to fill it out.

To refresh your memory, the Portland Bureau of Transportation plans to update the street after they do a repaving project. The plan is to redesign the street from Willamette to Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. PBOT says changes will include: “Improved pedestrian crossings at key locations, improved transit stops on N Rosa Parks at N Albina Street, protected bicycle lanes in the corridor; and a street design with a more neighborhood feel.”

This is a crucial neighborhood street that desparately needs a makeover.


In the survey, PBOT wants to know specific locations you have difficulty getting to transit stops, walking, or bicycling. And in classic PBOT fashion, they also want to know about, “Any specific locations… where on-street automobile parking is important for the community.” There’s also a question that asks about your overall level of support for the proposed changes.

We’re tired of having to advocate for what should be common sense updates to streets where auto users are given way too much priority. But at this point, PBOT still puts value into these surveys so it’s in everyone’s best interest to fill it out and share your input.

Here’s that link one more time.

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City plans to add protected bike lanes (and more) to North Rosa Parks Way

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on February 21st, 2018 at 3:59 pm

A key east-west street in north Portland is poised for a makeover.
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The latest on two separate injury bicycle crashes in North Portland

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on March 31st, 2016 at 4:08 pm


Brian Duncan was seriously injured while trying to cross Rosa Parks at Delaware last night. This is the view looking westbound just before the intersection.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Since Sunday night we’ve been following two crashes that involve people who were riding bicycles in north Portland. The first happened late Sunday night (3/27) at North Lombard and Jordan Avenue. The most recent one happened just last night on North Rosa Parks Way at Delaware. Here’s the latest information we have on both of them…
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I-5 widening project will bring new bike lanes to North Portland

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on April 24th, 2008 at 1:29 pm

n. Portland Blvd.

Construction is underway on ODOT’s I-5 Delta Park Project, and that means much-needed safety improvements are on their way to N. Rosa Parks Way (formerly Portland Blvd.).

As part of project’s $60 million budget, $1 million was set aside for a “Community Enhancement” fund. Among other things, that fund will pay for ODOT to stripe bike lanes on N. Rosa Parks Way from Vancouver to Montana.

This stretch of Rosa Parks Way is a key connector to Interstate Avenue, which has seen a lot of development in recent years. Residents on the east side of I-5 who visit the new New Seasons Market, the MAX station or any other destination, must grapple with high-speed motorized traffic, narrow shoulders, and two freeway on/off-ramps in each direction.[Read more…]

Update on North Portland hit-and-run

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on April 18th, 2008 at 12:06 pm

Jessica Osborne, the woman who was hit by a man driving a car and left for dead near the intersection of Albina and Rosa Parks Way in North Portland on April 3rd, has re-entered the hospital and the car of the suspect might have been found.

According to her friend Amy Wolf, Osborne was admitted to Emanuel Legacy hospital on Tuesday to have her spleen removed. She remains hospitalized and is recovering from the surgery.

Also, according to Wolf and other sources, the police might have found the car that was involved in the collision. [Read more…]

Hit-and-run leads to critical injuries, frustration

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on April 10th, 2008 at 3:43 pm

Hit-and-run victim Jessica Osborne in
the ICU the night of the crash (4/3).
(Photo: Amy Wolf)

Last Thursday, 28 year-old Northeast Portland resident Jessica Osborne was riding her bike to the store when she was struck by a car. The driver paused briefly, then left her for dead on the pavement.

The impact ruptured Osborne’s spleen, cracked three vertebrae, collapsed two of her lungs, and left her with scrapes and bruises all over her body. [Read more…]