|Community Spin for August 2012|
|Written by PV Webmaster|
|Tuesday, 03 July 2012 00:00|
COMMUNITY SPIN - August 2012
The new GIBBS STREET BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE is a much-needed connection in Southwest Portland between the Lair Hill Neighborhood and the South Waterfront District. It has an elevator large enough for tandems, cargo bikes and bikes with trailers. The bridge is wide with plenty of room for cyclists and walkers. On the east end the bridge connects with the new Moody Cycle Track. On the west end you can easily connect to Barbur Blvd, Corbett Ave. or downtown. From the bridge, there is a great view of the river and the Ross Island Bridge. There is a slight problem with the bridge for cyclists. There will be times when the elevator is not available. There is a so-called wheel gutter on one side of the stairs, only. It is just a few inches of concrete and totally inadequate. Plus the stair hand rail sticks out, causing you to have to put your bike at an angle on the gutter. Not a good situation. Let’s hope the elevator is always an option or that PBOT does something to fix the wheel gutter.
Here is an update on the status of NEIGHBORHOOD GREENWAYS (formerly Bike Boulevards) which are found in every section of the city. Also PBOT is planning to install 250-300 new 20 mph speed limit signs to lower the speed limit by 5 mph. This will make these streets much safer and more appealing to cyclists and walkers.
Because of an increase in cost estimates for the SELLWOOD BRIDGE project, one proposal was to cut some of the biking and walking access. After an outcry from walking and cycling advocacy groups and neighborhood activists, it was decided to keep the design as it was proposed and find other ways to cut costs. The key bicycle access components will remain, including green-colored bike lanes (green pavement, not just paint) for the entire length of the bridge. Hopefully the new bridge will be completed by 2016.
SUNDAY PARKWAYS finally made it to Southwest Portland in late July. Southwest poses problems for biking and walking because of lack of street connectivity, major hills, no street grid system, inadequate or no sidewalks and shoulders, etc. But somehow over 10,000 people managed to ride or walk on the 8-mile loop. There was also a mostly separate 4 mile walking route showcasing some of Southwest’s trail system which not too many walkers found.
|Last Updated on Thursday, 02 August 2012 15:19|