Archive for August, 2011

Sound in on big plans for the Rose Quarter, Lloyd District & Lower Albina

Posted in News on August 31st, 2011 by AROW – Comments Off on Sound in on big plans for the Rose Quarter, Lloyd District & Lower Albina

Freeways or Neighborhoods? We can't have it both ways.

Some of us have been overwhelmed with the public process around the N/NE Quadrant & I-5/Rose Quarter planning projects.  The public input opportunities have been few, and when they are offered, there is often a dizzying array of options and a stack of paperwork to fill out if you want to add your thoughts through the process.

Finally, there is an internet-based survey opportunity to sound in on the projects, open for just one more week.  Regardless of the process thus far, it is important to voice your concerns over the project’s proposals to widen I-5, build larger off-ramps, tear down local connector bridges, de-couple Broadway & Weidler into an enormous arterial, and have long-lasting negative impacts on the historic residential housing that still exists in the neighborhood.

Third Annual Bike Town Hall Scheduled for September 17

Posted in News on August 29th, 2011 by Michael – 2 Comments

For those who live in Senator Dingfelder’s and/or Rep. Dembrow’s districts (or anyone else who wants to ride with them, and possibly Rep. Cannon), the 3rd annual “Bike Town Hall” has been scheduled for September 17th.  It departs Wilshire Park on NE 33rd at 10 a.m.

Michael Dembrow is also having another Constituent Coffee this Saturday, September 3rd, from 2 – 3:30 p.m. at Case Study Coffee, 5347 NE Sandy Blvd., just up the street from Bike Gallery, in case any AROWites in Dembrow’s district want to bend his ear about the CRC or anything else.

PBOT Announces Safety Improvements for Six Intersections

Posted in Infrastructure, News on August 25th, 2011 by AROW – Comments Off on PBOT Announces Safety Improvements for Six Intersections

From a PBOT press release:

Bike boxes and crosswalks help prevent crashes and make intersections safer. Bike boxes and crosswalks heighten visibility and awareness of bicycle riders and pedestrians for motorists. “It would be great if every intersection had something like a bike box that allows better visibility for someone trying to cross the street,” Willamette Pedestrian Coalition Director Steph Routh said.

The main goal of a bike box is to prevent collisions between motorists turning right and cyclists going straight. It’s all about visibility and awareness. At a red light, cyclists are more visible to motorists by being in front of them. At a green light, the green bike lane through the intersection reminds motorists and cyclists to look for each other.

The six intersections slated for safety improvements are:

  • N Interstate Avenue at N Alberta Street
  • SE 7th Avenue at SE Hawthorne Boulevard
  • SE 7th Avenue at SE Madison Street
  • SE 26th Avenue at SE Powell Boulevard
  • SE Gladstone Street at SE Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard
  • SE Lincoln Street at SE Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard

Volunteers Needed for 2011 Pedestrian and Bicyclist Counts

Posted in News on August 23rd, 2011 by Steve – 1 Comment

PBOT conducts annual counts of people on foot and on bike around Portland, in order to gauge utilization and demand for facilities citywide.  The only these counts happen is through lots of volunteer sweat equity.  Please consider volunteering for a counting shift.

Volunteer collected counts are a critical component to us ever amassing a wealth of pedestrian data similar to the bike count data we already have. The added benefit of participating in this national project is that we are also contributing to a larger movement to collect, analyze and understand pedestrian and bicycle activity and behavior on a broad scale. Please consider joining the cause and conducting counts.

VOLUNTEER! for the

2011 Pedestrian and Bicyclist Counts

2011 Count Dates:

The National Count/Survey days for 2011 are during the week of September 12, 2011. The specific dates and times are:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 13, 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 14, 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, Sept. 15, 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 17, 9 to 11 a.m. (Trail locations only)
  • Sunday, Sept. 18, 9 to 11 a.m. (Trail locations only)

 City of Portland 2011 Count Locations Map 
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Portland Pedestrian Problems: Mapping Walking Challenges Citywide

Posted in Infrastructure, News on August 22nd, 2011 by Joe – 4 Comments

View PDX Ped Probs in a larger map
Map of problems in infrastructure, enforcement, modal conflict and various other obstructions for Portland pedestrians as they relate to safety, city life, vibrancy, accessibility, beautification and general walkability.

The ‘PDX Ped Probs’ map came about as an outgrowth of another map for an upcoming ‘ghost cycles’-type project for pedestrians killed in the Portland area. Call it the cartographer’s instinct, but I thought the myriad obstructions to walkability and walking safety in the city needed documenting, and the most natural way for me was to map them.

I’ve started with major conflicts in my neighborhood, the area around N Williams, which I’m most familiar with from daily walks. In the long run, I’d like to expand the map to include all areas of the city, to elicit collaborative public input and to bolster the info provided with photos, video and/or public testimony/comments. Part of the influence for it also came from a similar, user-generated map of common conflict/collision areas for cyclists featured on BikePortland, and so I’ve opened it up to public edit so that anyone can flag areas they see as dangerous/uninviting to those walking. Anyone with additional ideas or input can reach me at