Mayor Sam Adams and Portland State University President Wim Wiewel today presented "the freshest take on bike lanes"
-- a one-way cycle track on Southwest Broadway near PSU's campus.
The track is seven blocks long, and according to Adams, "removes" the conflict between cars and cyclists. It is essentially a wide bike lane that runs between the curb and parked cars
, which means that bikers are separated from the flow of traffic. There's also enough space between parked cars and bikers to prevent bikers from running into opened car doors.
Scott Bricker, executive director of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance
said that a 2005 study, Blueprint for Better Biking
, showed many bikers wanted an auto-free experience. “People need to feel safe before they ride,” Bricker says. A cycle track gives a sense a protection, and will encourage more people to mount bikes, he says.
The City started the project three months ago. It cost about $80,000, including the printing of informational material for those unfamiliar with cycle tracks.
Portland averages two bicycle deaths per year
, according to Greg Raisman of the Portland Bureau of Transportation. But 2009 is already poised to be a deadly year, with three fatalities
as of last week.