Take Action: Save the Bike Lanes on SE Powell & 26th!

The bike lanes on Portland’s Southeast Powell Boulevard and 26th Avenue make it safer for everyone to get around. Now, the City of Portland is planning on removing them. Sign our petition right now to stop them!

On top of dedicating space for bicyclists to ride on, the lanes help slow down traffic, which reduces the likelihood for crashes, even at times when bicyclists aren’t present. This positive safety impact is critical at SE Powell & 26th — not only is it one of the city’s most crash-prone intersections, but it’s located directly outside of Cleveland High School.

To remove this bike lane would be irresponsible and would necessarily threaten the safety of people riding bikes, students, pedestrians, and motorists as well. There is no excuse to increase the risk of death or injury each day. We’ve made great headway over the years in making our streets safer for everyone, and we can’t afford to backpedal on our progress now. Our fight to improve safety conditions on this intersection goes way back: in 2015, a bicyclist lost his leg after being hit by a pick-up truck, and The Street Trust has repeatedly urged city and state agencies to take action to prevent tragedies like these from repeating.

We’re calling on Portland Commissioner Dan Saltzman, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT), and the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) to prioritize public safety by saving the bike lanes. Join our effort: Add your name right now to tell Commissioner Saltzman and PBOT to save the bike lanes on SE Powell & 26th!

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Comments (24)

  1. Jordan Permalink  | Feb 06, 2018 12:52pm

    Is there anything published about why the city wants to get rid of the bike lane on 26th? Is this an effort shift everyone up to the new bike way on 28th?

  2. David Goodyke Permalink  | Feb 06, 2018 12:57pm

    Commissioner Saltzman,
    please do not remove this bike lane. The additional facilities added to 28th are a nice compliment, but they are not an adequate replacement. This is an important part of the bike network and provides an important connection to Cleveland High School.

  3. [email protected] Permalink  | Feb 06, 2018 02:13pm

    “ODOT spokeswoman Kimberly Dinwiddie said Tuesday that removing the bike lane would improve safety by reducing the number of people biking through that intersection. Many, she predicted, will switch to using 28th Avenue when a new traffic signal and neighborhood greenway are installed there in the coming months. “

  4. Nathan Permalink  | Feb 06, 2018 02:15pm

    “ODOT spokeswoman Kimberly Dinwiddie said Tuesday that removing the bike lane would improve safety by reducing the number of people biking through that intersection. Many, she predicted, will switch to using 28th Avenue when a new traffic signal and neighborhood greenway are installed there in the coming months. .”

  5. Natalie Crawford Permalink  | Feb 06, 2018 03:34pm

    Please do not do this! What a stupid and dangerous idea!

  6. David Bouchard Permalink  | Feb 06, 2018 05:23pm

    I support any efforts which will prevent the city from uninstalling the bike lanes on Powell and 26th.

  7. David Bouchard Permalink  | Feb 06, 2018 05:24pm

    I’m with you!

  8. Susan Vogt Permalink  | Feb 06, 2018 06:40pm

    Do not remove bike lanes on Powell and 26th. There have been too many bike accidents on 26th already. We cannot regress, there are not enough north south routes and there are not enough east west either with Division getting the new longer buses. What was the bike tax for exactly?!

  9. Rachel Hanes Permalink  | Feb 06, 2018 07:40pm

    As a Creston Kenilworth resident and a long time cyclist I urge you to leave the bike lanes. Cyclists will continue to use 26th because it is a main artery. The lanes have made that intersection safer for cyclists and pedestrians.

  10. Julie Permalink  | Feb 06, 2018 11:50pm

    heaven knows we need more bike lanes in this city, definitely not any fewer. perhaps the city aims to shift bike traffic to a few main routes, but this does not always meet our needs. please continue putting Portland’s excited talk of sustainability, climate justice, and improved transit options for all into action rather than bowing to the pressure of status quo car-centered demands.

  11. Jason Coyne Permalink  | Feb 07, 2018 02:15am

    North-south arteries are limited along that vector of Powell Blvd. Portland should be increasing its bicycling infrastructure, not reducing it.

  12. Rev. Alex DiBlasi Permalink  | Feb 07, 2018 11:19am

    This is right next to Cleveland High. Removing the bike lanes would be incredibly unsafe.

  13. Eric J Mullendore Permalink  | Feb 07, 2018 02:19pm

    Please do not remove the bike lane at 26th and Powell. Their presence helps slow other road users and ultimately makes makes the intersection safer.

  14. James Alexander Permalink  | Feb 07, 2018 04:03pm

    We should be expanding our bikeway systems, not contracting them.

  15. Anne R Whiting Permalink  | Feb 07, 2018 06:49pm

    Please save the bikes lanes on 26th! I ride them every weekday to and from work. I prefer them to 28th because cars are aware of you. Cars zip through on 28th and roll stops. 26th feels so much safer.

  16. Dominic LeFave Permalink  | Feb 07, 2018 10:52pm

    These bike lanes are crucial to our community, helping to make sustainable commuting possible and safer. Keep our students safe!

  17. Josh G Permalink  | Feb 08, 2018 06:13pm

    How about protected bike lanes on SE 26th?

  18. Natalie Crawford Permalink  | Feb 09, 2018 03:29pm

    Make our city safer. This is an ignorant and dangerous idea.

  19. Noah hatz Permalink  | Feb 10, 2018 07:51am

    Please don’t remove the bike Lanes on 26th that is part ofy daily commute, that intersection used to be one of the most deadly in the city, the improvements helped a great deal, why go backwards? Removing the lanes won’t stop cyclists from taking that route but it will make that route much less safe.

  20. D.j. DeAustria Permalink  | Feb 11, 2018 09:29am

    Bikes lanes are important for all users, Cars are on alert, bikes are more visible, pedestrians are safer, everyone slows down and pays more attention. Please keep the bike lanes on 26th.

  21. Susan Vogt Permalink  | Feb 15, 2018 08:31am

    This is my second post because I have more information and want to clarify my opposition to removing the bike lanes on 26th. I understand the idea is to “move” bikers to 28th and a new greenway. I regularly ride the greenways on Clinton and on SE/NE 30th and NE 26th. The greenways on 30th and 26the don’t have regularly street lights — they are biker/pedestrian activated. Cars blow them off A LOT. I’d say I see cars blowing through the red lights at these areas at least twice a week. On NE 30th, the one on Glisan isn’t even a light. There are a lot of bars there with drunk drivers pulling U turns in front of the place the greenway crosses Glisan. ON NE 26th, cars on NE Broadway have started using the signal as an opportunity to turn left onto 26th. This is particularly true in rush hour. When the cars stop, they turn left (south) to shortcut down the greenway. Although the greenways are great, Where’s the enforcement? Ha, the Police Dept. is so short staffed, drivers need not worry about being cited. THIS ARRANGEMENT WILL NOT WORK ON 28th and POWELL! IT would absolutely need to be a real traffic light and one with a fairly long amount of time to accommodate all the bikers. Given the light at 26th and Powell isn’t going away, I doubt a regular, long stoplight at 28th is going to go over well.


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