BTA's 'blueprint' puts premium on safety, greenways
By Andy Giegerich
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
The Bicycle Transportation Alliance wants to eliminate bike lanes that go nowhere, among other ideas.
The Bicycle Transportation Alliance’s 16-point “blueprint,” released earlier this week, contains several items that, should the BTA get even half of its wishes, would provide smoother rides throughout the city.
The full report is here. In the meantime, here are a few of the BTA’s more interesting ideas.
“Make Big Streets Safe.” Specifically, North and Northeast Broadway, Southeast Foster Road, the Tualatin-Valley Highway and many downtown Portland arteries are unsafe for cyclists.
“As a result, people riding bicycles tend to detour around our most vibrant commercial areas,” BTA’s team wrote. “This is not because people on bikes do not frequent bistros, boutiques, banks, and barber shops. In fact, studies have shown that customers traveling on bikes tend to visit bars, restaurants, and shops more frequently and spend as much or more money overall than those arriving by any other mode.”
What they want: more space, physical separation, and dedicated signals at intersections for people riding bicycles.
“Let’s Fix It.” The BTA says too many bike lanes go nowhere or direct riders into unsafe places. The Alliance calls out Barbur Boulevard, Highway 26 crossings and Sullivan’s Gulch. The Interstate 205 path has a gap at the Clackamas Town Center that prevents residents in the county from easily getting into Portland.
What they want: “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,” the Alliance wrote. “All types of transportation deserve the same “basic” considerations that motor vehicle traffic already enjoys.”
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