The Portland Bureau of Transportation is a part of a large effort to clear campers from the shoulders of Northeast thirty third Avenue between Columbia Blvd and Marine Drive. This can be a extremely popular route for bicycling and there are bike lanes on each side of the street.
We’ve fielded considerations from many individuals not too long ago about how dozens of vehicles, vehicles, RVs, and campsites have spilled over into the bike lanes. This can be a comparatively massive road with excessive driving speeds, and other people have to go away the bike lane to get round numerous hazards and obstructions.
Native information retailers beginning masking this effort on Thursday and some folks thought it could be associated to a PBOT undertaking to restripe bike lanes. We requested PBOT what was happening and right here’s what we came upon…
Based on spokesperson Hannah Schafer, PBOT parking enforcement started towing RVs and different automobiles from the shoulders of NE thirty third Thursday morning. The impetus is two-fold: The situation falls beneath Mayor Ted Wheeler’s emergency declaration that bans homeless folks from dwelling alongside main roads and highways; and an edict from the Port of Portland to clear the world.
The land adjoining to this part of thirty third is owned and managed by the Port and is a part of the Portland Airport flight path. Schafer mentioned the Port requested PBOT to clear the campers to keep away from violation of Federal Aviation Administration rules.
Security considerations are one more reason PBOT is towing automobiles. With all of the folks dwelling on the market, a number of people are crossing the street in areas the place there aren’t any crosswalks and automotive drivers don’t anticipate people to be current. In July 2021 a person who’s believed to have lived within the space was hit and killed whereas strolling throughout thirty third.
Schafer additionally mentioned that one week earlier than they started towing automobiles, PBOT crews canvassed the world to speak with folks and warn them concerning the towing operation. “Every impacted camper who was current was supplied shelter,” Schafer shared with BikePortland.
Requested if a motorcycle lane restriping undertaking had something to do with the clearing effort, Schafer mentioned no.
This isn’t the primary time the Metropolis of Portland has carried out a centered camp clearing at this location. In 2020 it was on a prioritized checklist of websites that crews addressed.
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