transit mall

Bike parking on the new Mall: The good, the bad, and the confusing

Avatar by on September 2nd, 2009 at 8:45 am

Some folks are confused about these
rack-shaped objects on the new transit
mall.
(Photos: Victoria Gilbert)

Here’s a bit of good, bad, and confusing news about bike parking on TriMet’s transit mall in downtown Portland (we’ll get to the issue of actually riding on it in a separate story).

Back in January, we reported on how stringent design guidelines that call for expensive bike racks have resulted in a major lack of bike parking.

TriMet architects, in their quest to create an aesthetically pleasing streetscape on 5th and 6th avenues, require the City to pay for silver, brushed steel racks that are much more expensive than their standard issue blue ones ($367 compared to $87). In addition, crews actually removed existing staple racks that didn’t conform to the design guidelines (including racks directly in front of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance office). [Read more…]

TriMet will host Breakfast on the Bridges to share transit mall changes

Avatar by on February 17th, 2009 at 10:49 am

Velo-tines on the Bridges

TriMet and Shift will bring
you free breakfast next week.
(Photo © J. Maus)

TriMet, in partnership with bike fun promoting non-profit Shift, will host three Breakfast on the Bridges events at the end of this month.

The purpose of the events is to spread the word about how bikes are expected to navigate safely along with buses, MAX trains, and cars on SW 5th and 6th Avenues along the new Portland Mall. TriMet says they’ll be handing out free breakfast snacks, hot coffee, and “information about the new Portland Mall cycling environment.”

Colin Maher, TriMet’s bike specialist, also passed along a new graphic (below) that shows how bikes are expected to turn right from their left-side travel lane (the right lane is reserved for trains and buses).[Read more…]

Fancy new staple racks dress up transit mall

Avatar by on January 26th, 2009 at 2:31 pm

New staple racks on transit mall-3

New stainless steel racks on
SW 5th Ave.
(Photos © J. Maus)

The City of Portland has installed 90 stainless steel staple racks as part of the downtown transit mall project.

The racks — designed by architectural firm ZGF — are quite different from the standard blue staple racks. For starters, they’re made from a much more durable (and expensive) stainless steel material. The racks are also made from flat steel stock, compared to the round tube of the existing blue ones. [Read more…]

Meter revenue, project timeline, make PBOT slow to respond to bus mall safety concerns

Avatar by on January 16th, 2009 at 1:14 pm

Parking on the left,
tricky tracks on the right.
(Photo © J. Maus)

This week, the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation decided to remove on-street parking on the new transit mall ahead of schedule due to safety concerns first brought to their attention by the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) back in October. [Read more…]

City discussing sharrows on new transit mall

Avatar by on January 8th, 2009 at 12:03 pm

Bicycle Master Plan ride #3

A sharrow in action on
NW 9th in Portland.
(Photos © J. Maus)

The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation and TriMet are discussing the idea of installing shared lane markings (a.k.a. sharrows) on the entire length of the new downtown transit mall.

Sharrows are a type of pavement marking that are placed on streets with relatively heavy and/or high motor vehicle speeds, where there is not sufficient space to put a bike lane, and where bikes and cars share the same travel lane (for more on sharrows, see this fact sheet published by PBOT).
[Read more…]