We first met Paramount apartments owner and citizen activist Betsy Reese through our work on streetcar bikeway safety. Betsy has been working tirelessly for many years to improve conditions for people on bike and foot in her neighborhood.
Here is a video Betsy’s son Will put together demonstrating the chaotic and confusing conditions on the ground in front of the Paramount apartments.
Thankfully, PBOT has been responsive to calls for improving this intersection immediately, particularly in light of the high rate of bicycle-car collisions at this location. As Jonathan Maus writes:
PBOT staff reviewed every recorded collision from the DMV and the Police between 2000 and 2010 and there were 20 serious bike/motor-vehicle collisions. 17 of those 20 were right hooks at Wheeler.
If you’re interested in a city without a highway down its spine and a walkable, bikable Rose Quarter, make sure you have a say in this part of the Central City Plan:
If you have experienced traffic in the city, it’s quite likely around the Rose Quarter — either on I-5 or on the streets surrounding the Broadway/Weidler interchange. Now the City of Portland and the Oregon Department of Transportation are tackling the transportation issues there during a three-day charrette (or workshop), as part of the N/NE Quadrant Project.
Come learn about the underlying issues and be a part of the solution.
The charrette will be held April 11–13 and will begin the process of developing preliminary concepts for improvements to the I-5 freeway in the vicinity of the Broadway/Weidler Interchange. It will also look at how the freeway interfaces with the local transportation system, including ramp and bridge design and impacts on the circulation system, considering all modes. All members of the public are invited to attend and participate in the charrette at three different sessions:
April 12, noon to 1 pm, Check-in session to review preliminary work
URS Offices (project consultant), 1100 SW Columbia, Suite 1500)
April 13, 5-7 pm, Closing session to review and discuss charrette products
ODOT Offices, 123 NW Flanders, Conf Room A&B
More information about each session is also available in the charrette agenda.
About the N/NE Quadrant and I-5 Broadway/Weidler Plans (N/NE Quadrant Project) The N/NE Quadrant Project will act as a quadrant-level guide for implementation of city-wide goals to ensure a vibrant Central City at the heart of the metropolitan region. The planning area includes Lower Albina and the Lloyd District. The project is a unique collaboration between the City of Portland and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) to jointly develop a land use plan and plan for the I-5 Freeway in the vicinity of the Broadway/Weidler Interchange. The N/NE Quadrant Project is an element of the broader Central City 2035 project to update the 1988 Central City Plan.