The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) has proposed adding bicycle lanes and a center turn lane to SE Divison between 60th and 80th. The Bicycle Transportation Alliance and residents in neighborhoods around Division strongly support this project and have joined us in encouraging the city of Portland to extend it 8 blocks further to SE 52nd, where the new 50s bikeway will soon cross.
Back in February, we reached out to our members and Division Street neighbors to tell them about opportunities to support these safety improvements. The final opportunity for input, an open house at Warner Pacific College, is one week away.
SE Division Safety Project – Public Meeting
Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Warner Pacific College (2219 SE 69th Ave), Egvelt Hall, Room 203
…or meet up with us at 5:30 for a taco and a ride to the meeting.
This is not simply a “bike project.” The fact that people on bicycles could have a safe, dedicated space to ride is just one of many exciting features of this project.
The proposed improvements make walking more pleasant by creating a safe space for people on bicycles separate from the sidewalk. The bicycle lanes also provides a buffer between the sidewalk and auto traffic. The new center turn lane means people driving no longer hold up traffic by making left turns and it creates space for future installation of pedestrian islands to make crossing the street safer.
We need your help to get the word out. You should attend the public meeting if you can, but you can also help by telling people about the many benefits of this proposal:
- Turning left on and off Division won’t block other traffic
- Crossing the street on foot will be less stressful
- Speeding on Division will be reduced while maintaining the same total traffic volume
- Riding a bicycle on Division will be safer
All together the improvements to Division are expected to reduce crashes by nearly a third!
We’ve created a flyer (PDF) about the changes to help get the word out, too.