Portland Bureau of Transportation director Chris Warner brought holiday joy to cyclists and concerned neighbors by coming down squarely on their side in a dispute over the design of a new Hyatt hotel at the corner of Northwest 12th Avenue and Flanders Street.
The plan presented to the city's Design Commission on Nov. 21 called for a passenger loading zone on Northwest Flanders, where the city plans to build a greenway bike path linking Northwest Portland and the downtown waterfront next year.
Neighborhood groups and bike advocates hated that location for the loading zone. Warner listened. "A high-turnover passenger loading and unloading zone is likely to create operational issues along the neighborhood greenway," Warner wrote in a Dec. 18 memo.
He directed staff to put the loading zone on 12th instead.
Reza Michael Farhoodi, co-chair of the Pearl District Neighborhood Association's planning and transportation committee which had expressed opposition to using the hotels Northwest Flanders frontage as a loading zone, called the decision "good news."
"The PDNA Planning and Transportation Committee commends PBOT for listening to our concerns and working to find a solution that allows for curbside loading while maintaining the integrity of the Flanders Greenway," Farhoodi says in an email. "In the future, adopting a consistent right-of-way standard for major city bikeways would provide clarity for new development and help prevent this issue from recurring."