Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Portland Bike Tour with IBPI

The IBPI Bike Tour features several prominent bicycle facilties throughout the City. The features include bike boxes, bike signals, neighborhood greenways (formerly bike boulevards), and other things that we have pioneered in Portland. SE Hawthorne was repaved this past week and the fresh markings from the bike box were a nice site to see.   The crews were installing a bike box at SE 39th & Clinton when we arrived, which was great to see the thermoplastic before it was applied and the foreman carefully inspecting the work of his staff.

I invited Jenna, one of the Signals, Street Lighting, & ITS interns out to see some of the intersections that she is studying as a part of her work. It was good to see her talking with fellow professionals about bicycle treatments and having her gather ideas from people that haven't seen either a HAWK or a Half Signal. We are continuing to study the safety of the Half signals at the City to determine whether we should make changes to the intersections that allow pedestrians to cross busier streets.
We ended up near the Steel Bridge with Roger describing a treatment that was used on N Weidler to provide a jughandle for people desiring to make the left turn from Weilder to Williams. It was fun to see him share the ideas with the participants. Special thanks to Jamie Parks and Hermanus Steyn who helped put the presentations together.
As one of the participants pointed out to me during the Tour, Portland has a lot of great facilities and serves as a national model in a lot of ways. The visit is a bit like an immersion program with all of the various aspects that we have tried over time.

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