Over the weekend I used to be capable of lastly take a more in-depth have a look at one among Portland’s most spectacular shows of visitors calming on a neighborhood greenway: The reconfigured intersection of Southeast Lincoln-Harrison and Thirtieth.
Lincoln-Harrison is a well-liked and very important east-west hyperlink within the bike community. It connects folks to Mt. Tabor Park and is simply 1,200 ft south of the bustling Hawthorne Blvd industrial district. In late summer season of 2017 the Portland Bureau of Transportation embarked on an effort to additional improve it as a people-centered road. On the prime of their record for issues to deal with was the broad expanse of pavement the place the greenway crosses Thirtieth at an off-set angle.
The intersection was too broad for bike riders, walkers, runners, households with strollers, folks with mobility units, and different susceptible customers to soundly navigate. Its off-set configuration and broad turning radii additionally made it aggravating to drive on. The design PBOT got here up with took again a lot of the area away from drivers, restricted how and the place they may journey, added protected lanes for bike riders, plopped concrete planters to encourage safer driving, and successfully sharpen the turns to lower automotive speeds.
For context, under is a earlier than photograph trying southeast from Harrison and the PBOT plan drawing displaying how they lower it up:
A earlier than/after report shared by PBOT in September 2019 confirmed that the enhancement was, “a big success” when it got here to decreasing the amount of drivers on the greenway.
If Sunday’s visitors was a great illustration, I’d use a stronger phrase than “important”. As you’ll be able to see within the above video and pictures, the intersection was alive with folks whereas I used to be there and much more of them had been exterior of automobiles moderately than in them. Numerous walkers strolled casually by means of the crosswalks with out skipping a beat of their conversations. At one level a bunch of teenagers got here by means of and skateboarded within the newly-carfree sections. Talking of which, a latest neighborhood undertaking painted massive swaths of the intersection with a enjoyable array of colours and designs.
PBOT has a protracted legacy of visitors calming tasks on neighborhood greenways. Look ahead to a narrative later this week on the three roundabouts they not too long ago put in on NE 108th Avenue.