The Metropolis of Portland is gearing as much as repave Northeast Killingsworth Avenue between 53rd and Cully Boulevard and parking-protected bike lanes are on the desk. The venture is just like the Hawthorne Pave & Paint in that the transportation bureau (PBOT) is seizing a chance to revamp the roadway along side a deliberate paving venture.
This section of NE Killingsworth at present has unprotected, door-zone bike lanes and a 30 mph pace restrict. You may recall that there’s already been some advocacy historical past with this venture. Again in March, we reported that PBOT’s preliminary plan was to easily repave the road and change it with the very same cross-section because it has in the present day: one basic journey lane in every path, one heart flip lane, bike lanes, and parking on each side.
However when a coalition of nonprofits bought wind of PBOT’s plan, they demanded a pause to contemplate protected bike lanes. PBOT listened and responded. Now it seems the town is ramping up outreach as a way to finalize a plan and get the venture slated for development subsequent spring.
In response to cross-section drawings on the venture web site, PBOT is open to swapping the present bike lane and parking lane. This may put bicycle riders curbside and make them protected against different lane customers as a consequence of a buffer of parking areas — a standard PBOT design that’s at present in use on inside SE Hawthorne, N Rosa Parks Method, and plenty of different locations. When PBOT creates these parking-protected bike lanes, it’s not a clear swap. With the intention to enhance visibility at intersections, they have to scale back the quantity of automotive parking areas.
PBOT is clearly feeling sheepish about how this shall be acquired by individuals who reside and work on the road as a result of they go to nice lengths on the venture web site to clarify how automotive parking is perhaps impacted. Right here’s how they body the adjustments:
To keep up secure visibility, roughly half the on-street parking areas should be eliminated if we implement a parking-protected bike lane. Nonetheless, a current parking examine signifies that the majority blocks will nonetheless have sufficient parking capability to satisfy present demand…
To evaluate the parking impacts of the proposed redesign of NE Killingsworth with parking-protected bike lanes, we calculated what number of areas could be out there post-implementation, then checked out how the present occupancy compares to that revised capability. We discovered that in each the typical and peak utilization eventualities, most blocks may have loads of out there on-street parking areas. Nonetheless, in some blocks the demand will outstrip the proposed provide and in that case drivers might need to park on adjoining blocks and stroll additional to their locations…
All in all, these parking impacts seem like comparatively minor and price it for the security advantages that the proposed road redesign provides.
PBOT has additionally launched a web-based survey to gauge public opinion concerning the thought. One factor that caught my eye within the survey was a query the place I might choose my prime three priorities that will assist the road attain the said venture objectives. There was just one choice that talked about bicycling and it was about bettering the bike community “within the neighborhood of Killingsworth.” I discovered it odd that they didn’t say “on Killingsworth.”
PBOT has an unlucky historical past of pushing bicycle riders away from principal streets and onto backstreets. Portland won’t ever attain its transportation objectives if we don’t insist on constructing high-quality, low-stress biking amenities on main streets. This Killingsworth venture is one other golden alternative to remodel a vital neighborhood arterial from a car-oriented thoroughfare to one thing way more accessible, humane and environment friendly.
Along with a potential bike lane redesign, PBOT additionally plans to improve some crossings. They’ll change the mid-block half-signal between 54th and fifty fifth with a median island crossing and can add extra islands to the present crossing at sixty fourth.
View the design plans, discover the survey hyperlink, and be taught extra on the venture web site.