The Bicycle Transportation Alliance has made “Make Big Streets Safe” a rallying-cry in our Blueprint for World Class Bicycling, and SE Foster is one of four streets we called out as in need of attention. On Thursday there will be an opportunity to support a big step in the right direction for SE Foster Road.
Foster is on its way to becoming a road that everyone can enjoy safely. In October, after months of work, the Foster Streetscape Plan Stakeholder Advisory Committee agreed on a roadway design and streetscape plan.
The recommended design is commonly called a “road diet” or a “streamlined street.” After decades of neighborhood outrage over unsafe conditions, SE Division between 60th and 80th recently underwent a similar treatment.
By reconfiguring vehicle lanes to include bike lanes and a center turn lane, Foster will be easier to cross on foot, easier to take left turns off of, better for biking, and safer all-around. Although there will be impacts to motor vehicle traffic speed and throughput, most advisory committee members agreed that the safety benefits to these changes far outweighed that concern.
There are many planned improvements that will enhance safety and they extend far beyond simply making the road better for bicycle traffic.
Sidewalks in Lents are currently dangerous and substandard (above). Image: Google
One of the most welcome changes to the street will be in Lents where the city plans to make a significant investment in improved sidewalks. While the sidewalks on the western end of Foster are very wide, those east of 82nd are narrow, substandard, and in disrepair.
The new design for Foster will be presented to the public at an open house on Thursday.
Foster Road Transportation and Streetscape Plan OPEN HOUSE
Thursday, December 5, 2013
SE Works, 7916 SE Foster Road
Drop by anytime between 6:00 and 8:00 PM. Snacks provided.
We encourage neighbors and those who ride on the street to show up, learn more, and express support for these exciting changes. Feel free to pass on this blog post or the city’s multilingual flyer (PDF).