BTA Calls For Immediate Action on N Wheeler

Residents who support putting safety first on N Wheeler may click here to sign our call for immediate action.

August 17, 2012 – This morning, on her way to work, BTA advocate Susan Peithman witnessed a right hook crash involving a woman riding a bike at the intersection of NE Broadway and N Wheeler. We found out that while the woman suffered cuts and bruises, thankfully her injuries were not life threatening.

As BikePortland reported this morning, this intersection is so bad that PBOT has called it statistically one of the most dangerous intersections in the city and very likely to cause serious injury or death. So why hasn’t the city taken any action?

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Right hook hazard: In this street view photo from Google Maps, the white truck is turning
right from NE Broadway across the bike lane onto North Wheeler.

One possible reason for delaying action: PBOT doesn’t have support from all the businesses on lower Albina to restrict right turns on Wheeler (even though the street would still be accessible to vehicles one block to the west).

We understand the importance of getting neighbors and businesses on board with transportation projects, but this is an unacceptable reason to preclude action that will save lives. The city’s number one priority is to keep people safe. Closing Wheeler would not cut off access to any business, and it would eliminate the serious risk of a right hook by cars turning right on Wheeler.

As advocacy director Gerik Kransky wrote in a blog post this morning, we have witnessed serious crashes this year on 8/177/106/13, and 6/6 with countless other reported and unreported safety concerns.

That’s why the BTA is calling for immediate action by the city to focus on safety first by restricting automobiles from turning right onto Wheeler from Broadway.

Mayor Adams is planning to visit the site on Monday. He needs to visit during the morning rush hour to see the high volume of bicyclists using Flint to access the Broadway Bridge.

Take action now. Email Mayor Adams at [email protected] and request immediate action to keep people in our city safe.

PBOT has indicated a willingness to close NE Wheeler to right turning automobiles from NE Broadway. Mayor Adams: Now is the time to act, before anyone else gets hurt or killed.