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  1. 1. SW Portland Pedestrian Challenges and Opportunities 1. Background Information & Existing Conditions 2. Barriers and Obstacles 3. Plans & Policies 4. Solutions & Alternatives? Roger Averbeck / 503-679-1447 / roger.averbeck@gmail.com
  2. 2. SW Portland Streets with Sidewalks Portland Bureau of Transportation - 2008
  3. 3. Portland Arterial Streets without Sidewalks
  4. 4. SW Portland Bike & Ped Crashes: 1995 - 2007 Yellow = Pedestrian Green = Bicyclist Red = Fatalities
  5. 5. Portland Plan 20 Minute Neighborhoods: Southwest (based on Walkscore)
  6. 6. Hillsdale Town Center & Farmer’s Market
  7. 7. Multnomah Village Historic District A pedestrian friendly main street with numerous small businesses, a community arts center and post office.
  8. 8. Garden Home Shopping Center Washington County
  9. 9. West Portland Crossroads: Barbur Blvd / I-5 / Capitol Hwy / Taylor Ferry Rd / Huber St. 2010 West Portland Crossroads Residential Survey: (327 respondents from 6 neighborhood associations) 86% of respondents favor adding more sidewalks. 82% requested improved pedestrian crosswalks. 78% favor improved access to transit / bus stops. 97% use cars to access grocery stores. 74% use cars to get to work.
  10. 10. Barbur Blvd: Sidewalk Gaps Huber Street Traffic Signs
  11. 11. SW Neighborhood Collectors Common Characteristics: Minor Emergency Response Routes; Posted Speed limits usually 30 or 35 mph; Actual speeds often in upper 30’s / lower 40’s Transit Routes with unimproved bus stops; Designated City Walkways and Bikeways; Few marked crosswalks; Substandard Streets due to lack of curbs, gutters, storm drains & sidewalks.
  12. 12. Woods Creek Drainage and Curves on Garden Home Road Common SW land uses along collector streets: Mostly single family residential (R-7 or R-10); some irregular or large lots; riparian areas zoned conservation or environmental protection.
  13. 13. SW 49th Ave & Garden Home Rd 60 ft ROW with two 12 ft traffic lanes 36 ft of ROW available: Storm water mgmt; utilities; on street parking; bus stops; bike & pedestrian facilities.
  14. 14. Multnomah Boulevard – 45 mph speed limit; frequent pedestrian use of bike lanes.
  15. 15. Multnomah Blvd: Sidewalk Gap (Access to Grocery Store)
  16. 16. Capitol Hwy – Encroachments in ROW
  17. 17. Garden Home Road: Access to Transit
  18. 18. On-street parking – a barrier for pedestrians.
  19. 19. Unimproved Bus Stop: Vermont St.
  20. 20. Capitol Highway
  21. 21. SW Palatine & 64th: Students walking home from school bus stop
  22. 22. Containers in the right of way: a barrier for pedestrians.
  23. 23. Vegetation in ROW: Barrier for Pedestrians
  24. 24. Vermont Street – Vegetation in ROW
  25. 25. Ashcreek Neighborhood Association Volunteer Workday: Trim vegetation in right of way; Jan. 24th, 2010
  26. 26. Ashcreek Neighborhood Association Volunteer Workday
  27. 27. SW 46th Pl. & Vermont: School Crossing
  28. 28. Narrow shoulders and exposed ditches: a challenge for pedestrians.
  29. 29. SW Taylors Ferry Road (Cap Hwy to city limit): RTP Fed. Priority Project: Add bike lanes, shoulder widening, improve drainage, construct sidewalks for access to transit. Cost est. = $4.2 Million
  30. 30. SW Vermont St & 62nd Place: RTP State List Multi modal bike & ped improvements from SW 45th to Oleson Rd: Cost estimate = $7.9 million
  31. 31. Ditches to Swales: Bureau of Environmental Services storm-water management program; not an ADA walkway; not for on street parking. (Before) (After)
  32. 32. BES Ditch to Swales Program: Fanno & Tryon Creek Watersheds
  33. 33. Garden Home Rd: Use of finer gravel or paved shoulder would improve walking conditions.
  34. 34. SW 45th Ave – Gravel Swale used for On Street Parking
  35. 35. Capitol Hwy Green Street Curb Extension
  36. 36. City of Portland Pedestrian Design Guide: Section D; Pathways and Stairs; page 9
  37. 37. Paved Shoulder on Taylors Ferry Rd
  38. 38. Pedestrian Alternatives: Gravel Pathway: An inexpensive solution: installed by homeowner?
  39. 39. Off street paths and trails in public ROW: Maintained and supported by neighbors.
  40. 40. Off street trails in public ROW: Need for maintenance & improvement: clear vegetation, add gravel, convert to asphalt or permeable pavers?
  41. 41. SW Urban Trails: Supported by the SW Community Plan and SW Neighborhoods, Inc.
  42. 42. Pedestrian Alternatives: Asphalt Pathway on Garden Home: Estimated cost $34.00 / square yard. This is the least cost solution that would meet ADA compliance; preferred alternative in Ashcreek neighborhood survey.
  43. 43. City of Portland Pedestrian Design Guide: Section D; Pathways and Stairs; page 12
  44. 44. Standard street design with bike lane, curb, gutter and sidewalk (Oleson Road / WA County Example) Estimated costs of concrete sidewalk: $40.00 square yard Does not include: Preliminary engineering Environmental permitting Public involvement
  45. 45. Infill Development & Waivers of Remonstrance A waiver of remonstrance means that a property is automatically counted in favor of a street improvement for a future Local Improvement District (LID). A remonstrance is a formal appeal to an action being taken by City Council to form an LID. The City receives waivers from the original developer in lieu of requiring a street improvement. The waiver discloses to property owners their future responsibility to share in the cost of street improvements.
  46. 46. Infill with Sidewalks: SW 52nd
  47. 47. SW Pedestrian Project Summary: Challenges: Scarce funding, added expense due to topography, cooperation between city bureaus, preservation of neighborhood character, resistance to change among residents. Opportunities: Reduce local dependence on autos for short trips, improved safety, community livability, resident’s health and fitness, multiple benefits to people and environment.