PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland’s biggest protected bikeway project is getting the green light to become a permanent fixture. The private task force working with the city on the protected bike lanes along Northeast Multnomah Street is moving the project from pilot to permanent status.
The pilot project has been studied over the past 16 months and shown to increase bike traffic by 15 percent and slow motor vehicle traffic as well.
“It’s great," said Tim Keller. "It’s a lot safer than trying to fly up Wheeler all the time and it’s a lot easier than dealing with Broadway, so especially for work it’s nice,” .
Keller is a bike messenger who rides for work in Northeast Portland. The bike lanes include wide painted buffer zones and in some places physical barriers of large cement planters.
Craig Harlow commutes to the Lloyd District by bike from his nearby Irvington neighborhood. And he is on the task force that developed and monitors the protected bikes lanes.
“I think having a project like this proves that it’s feasible," Harlow said. "[It's] better for the neighborhood, better for the city and hopefully it catches on and gets repeated around the city."
The Portland Bureau of Transportation will now get more input from the community on how to make improvements on the pilot bike lanes and make them a permanent fixtures.