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City of Portland considering protected intersections, bike-only lanes for West Burnside project
by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) | bikeportland.org
  Friday February 19, 2016 - 5:47 PM
 
Riding on 18th across Alder looking toward Burnside. (Photo: City of Portland)

Now we know how the City of Portland wants to improve safety along a key section of West Burnside near Providence Park and includes some exciting possibilities: our first protected intersection and a redesign of two other streets where lanes would be changed from a mixed vehicle lane to a bicycling-only lane.

On February 4th we shared the first news about the Portland Bureau of Transportation's West Burnside Multimodal Study project after being tipped off by a resident who learned about it at a neighborhood meeting. At that time PBOT hadn't released any details about the project publicly. Now they've shared a presentation about the project created by planning consultants Kittelson & Associates, Inc.

The project centers around a host of changes to Burnside at 18th and 19th as well as SW Alder — a cluster of streets that poses safety problems due to hilly contours and diagonal crossings. Improvements here would make all users safer; but PBOT says their focus for this project is to improve conditions for biking and walking.

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