North Williams Ave is one of Portland’s busiest bike routes, but hardly one of its most comfortable.
As part of the North Williams Traffic Operations and Safety Project, community members recommended multiple improvements for the street including better crosswalks and wider bike lanes. One recommendation, though, focused on a different street entirely: NE Rodney, one block east of Williams.
The advisory committee recommended that Rodney be converted into a low-stress, low-traffic neighborhood greenway as an alternative to N Williams.
From Broadway to Killingsworth, Rodney is already a favorite route for those who find Williams too hectic. A neighborhood greenway treatment would address the street’s weak points, like difficult crossings on major streets. The city hopes to begin construction within the year, and the first open house for the proposed Rodney Neighborhood Greenway is this Wednesday.