Update 2013-10-08: Thanks to the voices of hundreds of community members like you, Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick announced his intent to conduct a study and ensure that the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) has the time and resources it needs to find the right solution.
A Reasonable Request to Portland City Commissioners
SW Barbur is currently a dangerous, substandard street. As a community, we can make potentially life-saving safety improvements.
Portland City Commissioners have an opportunity to take a step towards a safer SW Barbur and now is the time for you to make your voice heard. The Bicycle Transportation Alliance is calling on leaders in City Hall to include the following language in the resolution adopting the SW Corridor Plan:
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the Council directs staff to initiate a transparent and collaborative process with Metro and ODOT to study the Barbur lane diet option on SW Barbur Blvd. from Terwilliger to Hamilton. (SW Corridor Plan Projects #5006 & #1019)
Past efforts to study the impact of building safer bicycle lanes and places to walk have been decidedly inconclusive. There is nothing controversial about gathering information. Tell the City of Portland: support the study of a safer SW Barbur.
Write a sentence or two to explain why you support a transparent, collaborative study of safety on SW Barbur is important to you. Be sure to include your home address or zip code.
This resolution is tentatively scheduled to come before City Hall on October 9th. Safety on Barbur can’t wait. Now is the time to study the safety improvements of a road diet on SW Barbur.