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 mission is just like the Hawthorne Pave & Paint in that the transportation bureau (PBOT) is seizing a chance to revamp the roadway at the side of a deliberate paving mission.
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 mission. Again in March, we reported that PBOT’s preliminary plan was to easily repave the road and exchange it with the very same cross-section because it has at present: one normal journey lane in every course, one middle flip lane, bike lanes, and parking on each side.
However when a coalition of nonprofits acquired 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 to be able to finalize a plan and get the mission slated for development subsequent spring.
In keeping with cross-section drawings on the mission web site, PBOT is open to swapping the present bike lane and parking lane. This might put bicycle riders curbside and make them protected against different lane customers resulting from a buffer of parking areas — a typical PBOT design that’s at present in use on inside SE Hawthorne, N Rosa Parks Approach, and lots of different locations. When PBOT creates these parking-protected bike lanes, it’s not a clear swap. With a purpose to increase visibility at intersections, they have to cut back the quantity of automotive parking areas.
PBOT is clearly feeling sheepish about how this will likely be obtained by individuals who stay and work on the road as a result of they go to nice lengths on the mission web site to clarify how automotive parking could be 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. Nevertheless, a latest parking research 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 obtainable 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 obtainable on-street parking areas. Nevertheless, in some blocks the demand will outstrip the proposed provide and in that case drivers might should park on adjoining blocks and stroll additional to their locations…
All in all, these parking impacts look like comparatively minor and value it for the protection advantages that the proposed avenue redesign provides.
PBOT has additionally launched an internet survey to gauge public opinion in regards to the concept. One factor that caught my eye within the survey was a query the place I may decide my prime three priorities that may assist the road attain the acknowledged mission objectives. There was just one possibility that talked about bicycling and it was about enhancing 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 essential 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 mission is one other golden alternative to remodel a necessary neighborhood arterial from a car-oriented thoroughfare to one thing far more accessible, humane and environment friendly.
Along with a attainable bike lane redesign, PBOT additionally plans to improve some crossings. They’ll exchange 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 mission web site.