electrical bike After suggestions, PBOT will think about bike lane hybrid possibility on Hawthorne Blvd
“I’ll admit if we might return and do it over, I want I’d included a center possibility and evaluated it together with the others.”
— Zef Wagner, PBOT
When the Portland Bureau of Transportation came out with its evaluation of options for a redesign of Hawthorne Boulevard earlier this month, biking advocates have been crestfallen to say the least.
Bike lanes on this marquee business hall have been a dream for years — not simply to enhance comfort for bicycle customers, however so as to add some humanity to the beloved avenue and start to create the situations our local weather and transportation plans envision.
Sadly, PBOT’s analysis (PDF) clearly favored an possibility with out bike lanes. The way in which they offered the 2 choices appeared to be, “deliberately stacking the deck in favor of a design that deprives Hawthorne of much-wanted, much-needed—and long-planned-for bike lanes,” is how one activist described it to me. Including salt to the wound was the declare that the addition of motorbike lanes could be dangerous on local weather change and racial fairness grounds.
How? PBOT fashions confirmed that bike lanes on the road would result in bus and auto consumer delays of 8 to 16 minutes. One PBOT undertaking supervisor mentioned the bike lanes would result in a “fairly main site visitors breakdown with queues stretching a number of blocks.” That added journey time wouldn’t be truthful to transit customers from east Portland (an fairness focus space for PBOT) and it might trigger a few of them to drive as an alternative.
Many individuals have been involved that PBOT’s framing was unfair and that it pitted bike lanes in opposition to local weather change and racial fairness.
One thing didn’t add up.
In follow-up conversations with PBOT undertaking workers at conferences of town’s Bicycle Advisory Committee and Bike Loud PDX, we realized the supply of this delay was a single intersection. Talking on the Bike Loud assembly on September sixteenth, PBOT Mission Supervisor Zef Wagner mentioned, “The first purpose for the delay within the site visitors evaluation was the discount of capability at Cesar Chavez.”
In different phrases, a single intersection between SE twenty fourth and fiftieth would trigger the transit delays that made the bike lane possibility rating so poorly in PBOT’s analysis.
“If you happen to current a brand new possibility that’s good for fairness and local weather with improved transit instances, and the one compromise is a mixing zone the place the situations for crossing might be higher than presently exists — I believe that’s a extremely nice compromise that lots of people might be pleased with.”
— Zach Katz, More healthy Hawthorne
Activists questioned why PBOT didn’t think about a mixing zone at that intersection which might possible get rid of the transit delay. A mixing zone is one thing PBOT does at busy intersections the place the devoted bike lane ends and bicycle customers share the house with others (see lead picture for instance).
Seems PBOT didn’t consider the blending zone possibility as a result of it’s thought-about a substandard biking therapy. “We needed to take a look at carrying a motorcycle lane right through with no mixing zone or something like that, as a result of we thought it was vital to guage kind of a pure possibility that truly meets our design pointers. Mixing bikes and vehicles and buses is just not a most well-liked possibility,” Wagner mentioned.
After listening to suggestions, PBOT now says they’re keen to contemplate a hybrid possibility that would come with bike lanes on many of the avenue and a mixing zone at Cesar Chavez.
“Fairly often in a planning course of, you current these kind of idealized alternate options, and you then see if there’s a method to sort of mix parts of them collectively. So there could be one thing in between,” Wagner shared. “I’ll admit if we might return and do it over, I want I’d included a center possibility and evaluated it together with the others,” he continued. “On the time we it might seem to be we have been pre-compromising and the criticism could be, ‘Why are you doing that?’ However I can see the priority and frustration.”
Zach Katz with Healthier Hawthorne is among the many native activists who pushed for this feature and is joyful that PBOT might be extra versatile than their analysis report suggests. “I believe lots of people have been misled,” Katz mentioned to Wagner on the Bike Loud assembly, “as a result of they don’t need to rank one thing increased, that claims that it’s gonna be dangerous for fairness and local weather. However for those who current a brand new possibility that’s good for fairness and local weather with improved transit instances, and the one compromise is a mixing zone the place the situations for crossing might be higher than presently exists — I believe that’s a extremely nice compromise that lots of people might be pleased with.”
Remember that even when this hybrid bike lane/mixing zone possibility alleviates transit delay issues, powerful conversations about tradeoffs possible stay. PBOT has made it clear that the myriad calls for on Hawthorne — primarily based on its classification in metropolis plans as a Main Transit Precedence Avenue, a Civic Collector, a Civic Fundamental Avenue, and a Metropolis Bikeway — make compromises inevitable.
If you happen to haven’t shared your suggestions but, please take the online survey which closes today (Wednesday 9/30). You may as well electronic mail HawthorneRepave@portlandoregon.gov.
PBOT plans to come back out with a advice in December.
— Jonathan Maus: (503) 706-8804, @jonathan_maus on Twitter and email@example.com
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