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Terwilliger Parkway (and its bike lanes) earn listing on National Historic Register

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on March 26th, 2021 at 11:40 am

(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

One of the most beautiful bike routes in Portland is even more likely to stay that way thanks to a listing on the National Historic Register.
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Heads up: Paving project impacts bike traffic on Terwilliger

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on June 10th, 2020 at 10:24 am

Terwilliger at Capitol Highway as of this morning.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

A key cycling route in south/southwest Portland is getting repaved and the work zone detour is causing headaches for some riders.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation is grinding the pavement and laying down a smoother surface on Terwilliger between Capital Highway and SW Bancroft. PBOT says the project will last through June 24th.

Reader Andrew N. emailed us a few days ago after he came upon the work zone. “I’m a cardiologist on the hill and commute up this most days. They are forcing bicyclists to detour to Barbur all the way around with the cars. It’s dangerous and requires crossing several lanes of traffic and battling all the cars and now all the diverted cars up from the north side.”[Read more…]

Road rage incident caused by unsafe cycling conditions on SW Terwilliger

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on November 1st, 2018 at 3:55 pm

This is what the bike lane on SW Terwilliger Parkway looked like yesterday during the evening commute. Those two white lines on the left are a buffer zone, the actual bike lane is to the right, buried in leaves.
(Photo: Steven Mitchell)

On Monday morning we highlighted a Tweet from Portlander Steven Mitchell who rides regularly on SW Terwilliger Blvd.

“SW Terwilliger bike lanes are terribly dangerous right now,” he wrote, tagging @BikePortland and @PBOTInfo, “Piles of slick leaves and standing water. Be safe!”

Then yesterday he posted video (watch it below) that showed him trying to avoid the slimy accumulation of leaves, only to be the victim of an unsafe pass by a man driving a pickup truck.
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First look: The tiny (yet important) cycle-track on SW Terwilliger at Capitol Highway

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on May 3rd, 2017 at 11:17 am

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It might not look like much, but it makes a big difference.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

“The changes are a big improvement.”
— Barbara Stedman, southwest Portland resident

Slowly but surely, the City of Portland is improving bikeways in southwest. Case in point are the recently completed changes to the intersection of SW Capitol Highway and Terwilliger (a.k.a the “teardrop”).

People who ride in this area know the intersection well because it was a common place for close-calls. I experienced this first-hand during a ride-along with a southwest Portland family in 2012 (see photo below). The curvature of the road, mixed with the unprotected bike lane was a bad combination. Fortunately a Portland Water Bureau project provided the impetus to finally fix the bikeway and make something much safer (and we were fortunate that a volunteer advocate spoke up to make sure it happened – thanks Keith Liden!).

Before I share more photos of the new bikeway, here’s how it used to look (note the pinch-point and how the younger rider opts wisely for the sidewalk):[Read more…]

Gap Week: SW Terwilliger between Chestnut and 7th

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on January 27th, 2016 at 2:12 pm

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Gap? Check. Curve? Check. Narrow road? Check. Dangerous driving? Check. This one has it all (unfortunately).
(Photo: J Maus/BikePortland)

Part of Gap Week.

So far this week we’ve covered a gap in downtown, one out east, and now we’ll travel over to southwest. Today’s gap is one that I had the displeasure of discovering during our Southwest Portland Week last February: southbound Terwilliger between Chestnut and 7th/Caldew (map).
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Here are the Portland Bicycle Advisory Committee’s top 10 priorities citywide

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on February 27th, 2015 at 1:55 pm

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What do you think?
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As we reported earlier this week, the City of Portland is trying to hone its massive transportation to-do list by asking people to rank their 10 favorite projects.

In a letter circulated this week, the citizens’ committee that’s most closely tied to Portland’s biking policies shared theirs.

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Riding along with the Stedman family

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on October 17th, 2012 at 3:09 pm

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The Stedman family — Helena (5), Barbara, and Ken — getting started on their day.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Helena Stedman doesn’t fit the stereotype of a Portland bike commuter. At just five years old, she’d rather talk about kindergarten than bike lanes and her most prized bike accessory is her favorite stuffed elephant.

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PBOT goes back to the drawing board on Terwilliger/Condor fix

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on March 5th, 2012 at 1:54 pm

After bollards were uprooted — and despite new signs that say “No left turns” — this taxi pulls onto Terwilliger from Condor. This is the same maneuver that resulted in serious injuries to a bicycle rider in August and spurred PBOT into action.
(Photo: BikePortland reader)

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PBOT prohibits left turns on tricky Terwilliger intersection

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on February 16th, 2012 at 4:31 pm

No more left turns from SW Condor onto Terwilliger and no more left turns off of Terwilliger onto Condor.
(Photos: Armando Luna)

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PBOT adds caution striping at dangerous SW Terwilliger intersection

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on September 27th, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Following an injury collision involving a Multnomah County Judge last month, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) has re-striped the intersection of SW Terwilliger and SW Condor.

Here’s how the intersection looked prior to the new treatment:

(Photo: PPB)

And here’s how it looks now (photo sent in by reader):[Read more…]