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Barbur Boulevard, home to fast-moving motor vehicle traffic, has many characteristics of a great route for bicycle traffic: a direct route to important destinations, a gentle grade, and a wide right-of-way. Barbur has also been the focus of energy and frustration by residents, institutions, and businesses who have been clamoring for a safe route to and through the SW Portland metropolitan region for years. Repurposing underused motor vehicle lanes at the northern end of Barbur will allow for safe, protected bike lanes. The commerce and freeway-oriented southern end, stretching five miles into Tigard, will require a combination of buffered and physically separated bicycle lanes and bicycle-specific signals.
We are currently focused on securing safe, separate space for people walking and biking across the two narrow “Barbur Bridges.” At present, the bridges have no bike lanes or legal sidewalks.
STATUS ODOT completed a “Road Safety Audit” on July 24th, 2015. The process engaged stakeholders and outside experts to evaluate SW Barbur from SW Naito to SW Capitol Highway including the Vermont and Newbury Bridges. Their recommendations for safety improvements are expected in September 2015.
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