The neighborhood associations southeast of Mt. Tabor have been working with the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) to make SE Divison Street a safer place for all users — something they’ve been calling for since the 1970s.
Far from just a “bike project” this change is designed to make Division safer for everyone.
SE Division on Google StreetView
The street has proven to have disproportionately-high crash rates and as a solution the city has proposed a reorganization which would convert the 4-lane road to a three-lane road with a center turn lane and bike lanes from SE 60th all the way to SE 80th.
The Bicycle Transportation Alliance is very pleased to see this neighborhood’s concerns finally addressed and we applaud PBOT for their design. In fact, we like their design so much that we encourage the city to extend the bike lanes west to SE 52nd Ave, where the new 50s Bikeway will soon cross.
The extra eight blocks of roadway improvements would provide safe access to Atkinson Elementary School, Franklin High School, and Clinton Park but would require removal of some on-street car parking.
It is our strongly-held opinion that the City of Portland should provide safe access to its schools and parks before it provides free space for private vehicle storage in the public right of way.
Please join us in supporting the proposed SE Division Street Lane Reorganization and encouraging PBOT to continue bike lanes to SE 52nd Ave at one of the following input opportunities:
- Mount Tabor Neighborhood Association meetings: Wednesday, Feb 20 and Mar 20, 7pm, Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church, SE 54th and Belmont (entrance off 54th)
- South Tabor Neighborhood Association meetings: Thursday, Feb 21 and Mar 21, 7pm, Trinity Fellowship, 2700 SE 67th (rear entrance)
Please reach out to Division Street homeowners, Atkinson and Franklin parents, and anyone else who could help support this important project. The safety and health of our neighborhoods depends on you!
If you cannot attend and would like to submit comments, please direct them via email to Clay Veka at PBOT.