At the Vision 2020 meeting we learned the "you are here" locator signs will be installed later this month! The other wayfinding signs are a ways off yet.
City Traffic Engineer Kevin Hottman asked the group about this dashed bike lane and additional uses in the city. NACTO calls it a "combined bike lane/turn lane." In instances where there's not room for a through lane + bike lane + turn lane, and additional right-of-way cannot be gained, he wondered if there were other places in the city where a through lane + overlapping bike lane and turn lane would be appropriate and useful. Most agreed that it could be a helpful incremental improvement.
One good suggestion was that the lane be continued on the other side of the intersection to create a "line" through the intersection visible to people both in both cars and on bike. Another suggestion was to think about places where the dashed bike lane might create confusion by a sudden transition between sharrows and dashed bike lane.
Do you have ideas on intersections where this kind of would be useful?
We also got an update on additional bike parking at the Market Street Park and Ride Transit Stop (at the corner of Hawthorne), and news that next summer the east crosswalk at Winter and State would be opened and the curb cut widened so that people on bikes going north can get more easily to Willson Park and continue north on Winter.
Start of School
Though Public Schools started, the College of Law at Willamette's been in session for a while - and they've already got a bike parking problem! The racks are full and bikes spill over into inconvenient areas. Hopefully they'll solve the problem with an increase in bike parking, not in draconian lock-cutting. Less car-driving = good!
Not far from campus, this combination of stickers for Sleater-Kinney and Ghostbikes suggested they weren't from around here. Indeed, the plates were out-of-state.
Over at South Salem High School, the bike rack was full, but so was the intersection and car queuing zone. These are high school students!
Did you have any particularly rewarding or disappointing first day experiences?
Has our comment section improved? I think so
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