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TriMet projects on Orange Line path at SE 8th should improve cycling

Avatar by on January 13th, 2016 at 11:18 am

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Looking west from the path toward SE 8th.
(Photo by Adam Herstein/Twitter)

TriMet is making changes to the path that runs along the new Orange MAX line in inner southeast.
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One commuter’s take on the many turns and stops on Tilikum’s east side

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on October 27th, 2015 at 2:14 pm

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Issues identified in Justin C.’s letter below.
(Map: Google. Annotations: BikePortland)

How many inconveniences does it take to add up to a serious problem?

“I feel like I’m using a system that was not designed for me… It seems to be designed to get me out of the way of transit vehicles, not to get me to work.”
— Justin C.

For about a year now, we’ve been watching the expanse of east-side paths to Tilikum Crossing with unease. We’ve heard from many readers, publicly and privately, about its many issues. But like most of us, we wanted to give TriMet and the Portland Bureau of Transportation a chance to get it built, celebrate the good parts and work the kinks out before talking about what can be done to fix the problems here.

After more than a month of Tilikum crossings, it’s time to start talking about what’s still wrong and what can be done. And we couldn’t frame the situation better than one reader, Justin C., did in an email to BikePortland last week.

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City advisory committees oppose TriMet’s plans for swing gates on Orange Line

Avatar by on July 27th, 2015 at 3:52 pm

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Swing gates.
(Photo: TriMet)

Official Bureau of Transportation committees that represent two of the groups TriMet is trying to keep safe from MAX trains on the new Orange Line — people who walk and bike — oppose the agency’s plan to use swing gates at the entry and exit of tracks at two intersections in inner southeast Portland.

After hearing about plans for the path at SE 8th and 11th, the City of Portland’s Bicycle Advisory Committee and Pedestrian Advisory Committee have both issued formal letters of opposition to TriMet.

The bicycle committee outlined several reasons for their disapproval. The main reason is, “the operating difficulties they will impose on members of the traveling public – principally those who are bicycling or walking.”

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Citing safety concerns, TriMet wants “swing gates” at inner southeast MAX crossings

Avatar by on July 16th, 2015 at 11:37 am

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TriMet says this still from a May 2015 on-board video which shows people on bikes near an oncoming MAX train, is evidence that safety gates are needed.

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TriMet announces big changes to SW Moody cycletrack

Avatar by on July 14th, 2015 at 6:47 pm

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It won’t look like this much longer.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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