PBPAC Comments on Higher Quality Bike Lanes

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John Clark

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Oct 20, 2021, 9:23:33 AM10/20/21
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October 20, 2021

Members of the Sustainability and Transportation Committee,

The Portland Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (PBPAC) would like to offer the following comments with respect to the “Higher Quality Bike Lanes Assessment” discussion occurring on October 20th.

The group is glad to see infrastructure improvements such as flex posts and parking-protected lanes being considered. However, we ask that before these are implemented, further study into the Park Avenue bike lanes is performed to determine what has and hasn’t worked since installation and how those lessons can be used for upcoming bike lane projects. PBPAC members have put much use and consideration in the trial demonstration on Park Avenue and would appreciate the opportunity to share their insight with councilors and staff.

Given the recent cyclist injuries on Forest Ave, the committee strongly recommends the proposed sections on this stretch are advanced in the decision process. Regardless of who is found to be at fault in recent cases, it is clear that street and bike lane design needs to reduce the potential of conflict between users on this vital transportation corridor.

PBPAC welcomes bicycle infrastructure to Portland and wants to help make each project as successful as possible. We would appreciate an opportunity for input on further considerations of the topic. Thank you for your support of safe walking and cycling in the City of Portland.

Respectfully,

John Clark, Chair

Zack Barowitz

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Oct 20, 2021, 9:53:37 AM10/20/21
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Awesome letter, and you pushed it out fast!

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