The City of Portland will soon be creating a bike-friendly path extending from SE Crystal Springs Blvd to NE Lombard Street. Most of the bikeway will exist on 28th Ave, although in some places, it shifts to 26th, 27th, or 29th Ave. Construction will begin during the spring of 2016, and is expected to be finished within the Creston-Kenilworth Neighborhood before the end of the year. Find more about the 20s Bikeway Project on the Portland Bureau of Transportation's website: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/62816
IMPACTS WITHIN THE CRESTON-KENILWORTH NEIGHBORHOOD
Within the Creston-Kenilworth Neighborhood boundaries, the bike path will be exclusively on 28th Ave.
INTERSECTION AT 28th & POWELL
At the intersection of 28th Ave and Powell Boulevard, a new traffic light and pedestrian/bike crossing will be installed during late spring 2016, and the traffic signal is expected to begin functioning during the summer of 2016. In order to reduce car traffic on the bikeway, cars will not be permitted to make left turns from Powell Blvd onto 28th Ave, nor from 28th Ave onto Powell Blvd.
BICYCLE GREENWAY ALONG 28TH BETWEEN POWELL AND HOLGATE
28th Ave between Powell and Holgate will be painted with "sharrows" similar to those that currently exist along the Clinton Street bike greenway. Similar to Clinton Street, there will not be separate bike lanes and automobile lanes. Rather, cars, buses, and bicycles will share the lanes in both directions. Some of the stop signs along 28th Ave will be turned to allow a more continuous flow of traffic.
INTERSECTION AT 28th AND HOLGATE
At the intersection of 28th Ave and Holgate Blvd there will not be any new signals, but there will be regulatory changes in traffic patterns (read: there will be new signs). In order to reduce car traffic on 28th Ave north of Holgate, cars will not be permitted to enter the Northbound lane of 28th Ave from Holgate Blvd or from the Northbound lane of 28th Ave South of Holgate. What this means: if you are driving in either direction on Holgate, you will not be able to turn onto 28th Ave going north. You will be able to turn onto 28th Ave going South. If you are South of Holgate on 28th Ave driving North, you will not be able to continue on 28th Ave across Holgate. Instead, you will need to turn onto Holgate (either east/right or west/left) and use a different numbered street to continue driving North.
PROPOSED CHANGES TO EXISTING BIKE LANES ON 26TH AVE BETWEEN POWELL AND GLADSTONE
Currently, most North & South bicycle riders in this portion of the neighborhood use the bike lanes along 26th Ave. The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) and the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) disagree about the safest way to direct bicycle traffic once the construction of the greenway is complete along 28th Ave.
ODOT's position: Nearly all the bicycle traffic will be diverted to 28th Ave, leaving so few bikers along 26th Ave that the narrow bike lanes will not provide enough protection to the few cyclists who continue to use 26th Ave. ODOT would like to remove the bike lanes along 26th Ave and divert all bicycle traffic to 28th Ave, where bicycle infrastructure and traffic diverters will provide a much safer route for cyclists.
PBOT's position: ODOT is underestimating the amount of cyclists who will continue to use 26th Ave. While the 3-foot wide bike lanes along 26th Ave are narrower than the recommended 4 feet, there are published traffic studies demonstrating that even 3-foot bike lanes improve the safety of cyclists when compared to streets with no bike lanes.
THE COMPROMISE: ODOT has agreed to leave the existing bike lanes on 26th Ave during the next 1 - 2 years, during which time PBOT will collect traffic data along 26th Ave and 28th Ave. ODOT will then review the data and decide whether bicycle lanes should remain on 26th Ave.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO VOICE YOUR OPINION
If you would like to let ODOT know what you think, you can submit your comments using the contact information below:
ODOT Region 1 Comments
123 NW Flanders
Portland, OR 97209