Portland’s Bike Boulevards Become Neighborhood Greenways -- by Clarence Eckerson, Jr.
8, 2010 | 7,932 Plays
Transportation planners in Portland, Oregon are taking their famous bicycle boulevards to the next level. By adding more routes and stepping up the traffic calming treatments, the city is not only making these streets more attractive and usable for cyclists, but also for pedestrians, runners, children, and anyone else who gets around under their own power.
These next-generation facilities have been christened “Neighborhood Greenways,” and by 2015, over 80 percent of all Portlanders will live within half a mile of one. The city is counting on these re-engineered streets to reach its goal of increasing bicycle mode share from eight percent to 25 percent by 2030.
Just about anybody who’s biked one of these routes can testify to the safety and peace you experience. You’ll see scores of families and children riding to school with regularity. At any time of day, there’s a constant buzz of activity, and during rush hours you’ll see many more bikes than cars. As Portland Mayor Sam Adams points out, “They’re on a quiet street, where that bike boulevard is prioritized for the bike, not the car.”
On a final fun note, one day Portland may also be able to lay claim to being the birthplace of the “sharrow flower.” What’s that? You’ll just have to take watch this Streetfilm and find out.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
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Monday, December 20, 2010
THANK YOU to Trek Bicycle Store of Mount Pleasant who rented one mile along the Battery2Beach Route! We applaud your generosity and contribution to our efforts.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
..the following is an editorial in friday's Post & Courier...
Early counts indicate that free DASH service is attracting a significant number of bus riders downtown. And while you would expect more people to ride for free than to pay to ride, the trend is nevertheless encouraging.
The ridership numbers are promising. The Meeting Street/King Street route, which has been expanded to include the city Market, had three times as many riders during the last week in November as it did that week in 2009. The first week in December, 2,428 people rode that route, more than twice the year before.
When marketing efforts begin, it is reasonable to expect even more DASH customers. And when numbers jump this spring as they are wont to do (a threefold increase is not unusual), riding the "trolley" could assume a much higher profile on the peninsula.
Providing residents and visitors a reason to ride the bus could pay off if they find it is more convenient than driving and parking, and if they then decide to rely more on alternate transportation in general. Fewer cars means less congestion, lower emissions and fewer parking problems.
The idea for free bus service downtown was advanced by the Peninsula Task Force, a committee that has been meeting since last spring with the aim of protecting the peninsula's "delicate balance" of residential and commercial interests, locals and visitors, growth and preservation.
The city is acting on another suggestion from the committee. Soon it will establish three bike parking corrals in response to complaints that people are discouraged from biking because they cannot find places to park their bikes.
As a test, two parking spaces on King Street and one on St. Philip Street will be equipped with racks where bicycles can be locked.
For generations, cities have been planned with cars in mind. It is encouraging that CARTA and the city of Charleston are responding to the public's interest in making this a more friendly place for alternate transportation.
(to read it on the Post & Courier web site click here)
Monday, December 6, 2010
THANK YOU to Dr. Anna Kulze and family for becoming the newest renters of one-mile along the Battery2Beach Route! There are now only 39 spots left to rent, which we are hoping to have rented out by December 31st! They make great holiday gifts to commemorate or honor someone!
Posted by Tom Bradford at 1:41 PM