Fix It

Let’s Fix It

It is time to fix the bike lane that goes nowhere, or suddenly sends people into unsafe conditions. The route between two locations is only as safe as its weakest link, or its most dangerous intersection. No one would accept an uncontrolled intersection on a freeway, a dead-end travel lane for motor vehicles, or a major street that was too narrow for opposing directions of car traffic. All types of transportation deserve the same “basic” considerations that motor vehicle traffic already enjoys. Throughout the Portland-Metro region we have narrow bicycle lanes that used to be considered adequate but with more and more people using a bicycle for daily transportation, some areas carry a volume of bicycle traffic that warrants larger, safer infrastructure.

We need to redefine our basic expectations for our streets. Everyone deserves a safe and direct route to where they’re traveling. We want to improve on the work that’s already been started by making our existing street network safer for everyone.

 

Barbur Boulevard                                                             Barbur Boulevard, home to fast-moving motor vehicle traffic, has many characteristics of a great route for bicycle traffic: a direct route to important destinations, a gentle grade, and a wide right-of-way. Barbur has also been the focus of energy and frustration by residents, institutions, and businesses who have been clamoring for a safe route to and through the SW Portland metropolitan region for years.Repurposing underused motor vehicle lanes at the northern end of Barbur will allow for safe, protected bike lanes. The commerce and freeway-oriented southern end, stretching 5 miles into Tigard, will require a combination of buffered and physically separated bicycle lanes and bicycle-specific signals.
Highway 26 Crossings
Highway 26 is a significant barrier for people bicycling in Washington County. Even where there are rudimentary bicycle lanes on roads to the side of Highway 26, crossing over the limited-access freeway is harrowing.The dangerous and intimidating crossings over Highway 26 are critical gaps that keep people from accessing the beautiful rural roads of Washington County and, more importantly, their jobs, homes, and other key destinations.

Key crossings over Highway 26 that need to be immediately addressed include 185th, Cornelius Pass Road, Bethany Boulevard and Glencoe Road.

Sullivan’s Gulch Crossings
With I-84, heavy rail, and MAX light rail running through it, Sullivan’s Gulch is impossible to cross without a bridge. Some bridges across the gulch accommodate bicycle traffic but the ones that do vary in quality. Improvements to these crossings fall into two categories: improvements to the bridges themselves and improvements to streets connecting to the bridges.Providing dedicated space for people on bicycles or adding signals to freeway on and off ramps, such as at NE 33rd, will help create safe access for people walking and riding bicycles. Other crossings, like NE 28th, provide comfortable bicycle lanes over Sullivan’s Gulch but connect to narrow neighborhood collectors on either end.
I-205 Path Gap
The I-205 Path runs 15 miles from the Marine Drive Path along the Columbia River south to Gladstone, near Oregon City. It is continuous except for a one-mile gap south of the Clackamas Regional Center.The “I-205 Gap” cuts most Clackamas County residents off from this valuable transportation and recreation facility. Residents and visitors are also denied non-motorized transportation options for reaching Clackamas Regional Center. The area, including a large shopping mall, is not just a major retail hub, it is also a key transportation hub served by ten bus lines, plus trains leaving for Gateway, downtown Portland, and Portland State University.The Bicycle Transportation Alliance is excited to support filling in this gap.