|On the agenda: Use Summer St bike lanes|
|(map and commentary not part of agenda)|
The proposal is
that the connection to the 12th street path be made via existing bike lanes on Summer Street that connect to the Capitol Mall and from there to the existing route on Chemeketa Street that makes the connection to the 12th street path.So on a map, the "L" via Summer and Chemeketa is roughly equivalent by taxicab geometry to a continuation on Union Street and corner elbow to 12th.
But Summer Street is one-way south. Its existing bike lanes wouldn't work for two-way travel!
Using the existing route on Winter and Chemeketa Streets makes more sense from that perspective.
But Union Street is supposed to get upgrades and protection to a level that Winter Street and Chemeketa Street, marked by sharrows only, both lack.
Cutting the Union Street bikeway down like this is also a further reduction in its "family-friendliness." We haven't yet embraced a full "all ages and abilities" design standard on any complete bikeway, and the reductions here represent an additional retreat from a full embrace.
For comparison, here is the treatment between Summer and 12th (from early 2018) that is being cut:
|Union St Bikeway: From Commercial to 12th (2018)|
And here is the end of that two-way path segment connecting to the crosswalk on 12th at Marion Street.
|Two-way separated path in the Union/12th Elbow at Marion (2018)|
Even though this area is outside of the Urban Renewal Zone, because portions west on Union Street are in the zone, it seems like we could have found funding if we weren't maxing out URA funding for the Police Station.
Presumably, by using surface streets for this eastern connection, a better path connection or some other arrangement could be another future phase.
|We have to stop adding car capacity and inducing trips|
|Look for the historic sign|
next to the entry
SKATS Technical Advisory Committee meets Tuesday the 12th, at 1:30pm. SKATS is at 100 High St. SE, Suite 200, above Table Five 08 and Epilogue Kitchen.