No backpedaling on this one: Our rally to save the bike lanes on SE Powell & 26th!

Last Tuesday, we made our voices heard by rallying at SE Powell & 26th to speak out against the planned removal of the bike lanes outside Cleveland High School. Dozens of us braved the snow to attend the rally, bringing our bikes and signs to make one simple demand: “Hands off our bike lanes!”

As a condition for safety improvements on SE 28th Avenue, the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has requested the City of Portland remove the bike lanes on SE 26th at Powell — a troubling move that spells danger for students, bicyclists, and pedestrians near one of Portland’s most crash-prone intersections. No date is set for the lanes’ removal, but the City of Portland is expected to carry out ODOT’s request imminently.

Earlier this month, we launched a petition to save the bike lanes, an effort which more than 1,000 concerned neighbors joined. Read more about our ongoing effort to save these bike lanes here.

“I think we should keep the bike lanes because this way it’s easier to bike to school,” said Aidan, who attends Cleveland High School. “A lot of people do use them in Portland! I also think we should regulate the speed limit around here because a lot of people get hit on Powell.”

“This is a traditional bike route and people know it’s here,” community member Tom Durkin told BikePortland, “For [ODOT] to take away this infrastructure is unconscionable. I think people will continue to ride on the road here, and it will be unsafe.”

Our fight is far from over, and we’ll keep you in the loop on how we plan to move forward on this issue. With your support, we’ll keep up the fight to save the bike lanes on SE 26th Ave at Powell Blvd. Check out more photos from the rally in our Flickr album!

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