Cycling

How a lot change in decrease southeast? Metropolis planners wish to know

A rendering of the plan’s most bold imaginative and prescient for the intersection of SE Flavel St and SE 72nd Ave.

A significant re-think of land use coverage and transportation infrastructure in a piece of southeast Portland might be transformative. How a lot so stays to be seen.

SE Ramona St is partially unpaved and stuffed with potholes.

As we reported again in August, the Decrease Southeast Rising Space Plan, a joint effort from the Portland Bureau of Transportation and Bureau of Planning & Sustainability, is an try to “deal with the historic lack of infrastructure funding in elements of Southeast and East Portland.” The plan focuses on SE 52nd Avenue from Woodstock Boulevard to Flavel Drive and SE 72nd Avenue from Woodstock Boulevard to the Springwater Hall, encompassing the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood and elements of the Ardenwald-Johnson Creek, Lents, Mt. Scott-Arleta, and Woodstock neighborhoods.

Since final August, PBOT and BPS have give you a number of situations for each group improvement and transportation modifications within the space, which they outlined this week in a detailed on-line open home and video presentation.

4 potential ‘group improvement’ situations.

The 4 Group Improvement Situations (above) “illustrate completely different land use and group improvement futures” for the main target areas of SE 52nd and 72nd Avenues and fluctuate within the degree of modified they’d set off. At one finish of the spectrum, the town suggests constructing on present land use patterns to create new multi-unit housing and enhancing current industrial websites. On the different finish, SE 52nd and 72nd Aves would endure dramatic modifications that may allow important combined housing and retail improvement potential (see lead graphic above).

So far as transportation modifications, the plan acknowledges this space has inadequate bike lanes and sidewalk gaps (or none in any respect). This results in wasted potential for higher energetic transportation in these neighborhoods as a result of, because the draft plan states, the realm has a “compact avenue grid offers alternatives to maneuver all through the realm with no car.”

For instance, the Springwater Hall path, a significant east-west biking hall, ought to be simply accessible for individuals who dwell in decrease southeast. However due to the bike system gaps, many individuals must go fully out of the way in which to get to it safely.

(Present versus potential bike community.)

Whereas individuals biking round different elements of the town have ample neighborhood greenway choices, there are valuable few greenways on this a part of city, and the bike lanes are sometimes situated too near automobile site visitors with solely a really slight barrier for separation.

Planners say they’ve acquired suggestions “about the necessity to enhance avenue circumstances for strolling and biking in addition to to calm/gradual motor automobiles” and have developed a listing of potential initiatives to handle these issues.

A few of these potential initiatives embody including crossings on a big stretch of Holgate Blvd, filling the bike lane hole on Woodstock Blvd between SE 69th and SE 72nd, and doing sidewalk infill in lots of locations within the space. The plan additionally consists of bus system modifications that may create extra steady transit entry throughout Woodstock, 72nd Ave and Flavel St.

Now PBOT and BPS need suggestions to study simply how daring they need to be with future modifications. Check out the survey and on-line open home the place you’ll study extra about current circumstances and the scope of what’s attainable. The ultimate plan is predicted to go in entrance of Metropolis Council for adoption the tip of this 12 months or starting of 2023.