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Is this a bike lane to "nowhere" as implied by a local news station?No way! We think its insulting to call the destinations and businesses along Holgate boulevard "nowhere." Restaurants, churches, health clinics, pubs, and other destinations are immediately adjacent to the lanes, not to mention the nearby schools and parks that children need to get to for learning and playing.
Can't people just ride on the sidewalk?It is legal for bicyclists to ride on the sidewalk, but it is not safe. By removing bicyclists from the view of drivers, they are more at risk of collision when crossing driveways and intersections. The buffered bike lanes keep cyclists where they belong: in plain sight.
What about the springwater corridor?The springwater trail is a great path for recreation and for traveling long distances, but it is not useful for reaching all of the local destinations and businesses in east Portland. At some point, people need to get off the trail and travel along the streets.
Does the buffer actually work?People seem to feel much safer in a buffered lane than in a normal skinny bike lane.
Buffered lanes installed in Philadelphia increased bicycle use on the street by 95% and reduced sidewalk riding by 75% according to the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia.
A survey of buffered bike lane users in New York reported that 52% of respondents feel safe in buffered lanes, versus only 21% in conventional bike lanes. For many people, skinny bike lanes are just not safe enough.
Researchers at Portland State University are conducting a study on the effectiveness of buffered and separated bike lanes. They will present the results of their study Friday, February 25th, 12:00 noon in the PSU Urban Center Rm. 204.
we see more of these lanes in town?
hope so. Gresham has just
installed lanes like these along Division. Anyone who has ridden on
both skinny bike lanes and buffered lanes can tell you how much better
the experience on the new style lanes are. Learn about the other buffered lanes in the Portland
7:00 PM, 2nd Monday each month (except July, Aug. & Dec.)
Ron Russell Middle School, 3955 SE 112th
Lents Neighborhood Association
7:00 PM, 4th Tuesday each month (except Dec)
Lents Adventist Church Gym, 8835 SE Woodstock