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Neighborhood Greenways

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Neighborhood Greenways

  1. 1. Neighborhood Greenways Presented by: Dan Layden, Portland Bureau of Transportation
  2. 2. Portland and St. Louis• Portland, Oregon • St. Louis, Mo.• City: 583,766 • City: 318,069• MSA: 2,600,000 • MSA: 2,800,000• 2 Major Sports • 3 Major Sports Teams Franchises, (One (12 Championships) Championship) • 2008 Election:• 2008 Election: Obama 59.5% Obama 76.7%
  3. 3. Neighborhood Greenways• Repurpose existing streets to encourage through bicycle and pedestrian trips• Provide an efficient and comfortable environment for bicycling• Provide connections to key destinations.• Use Traffic calming and other techniques to discourage through car trips.
  4. 4. Local Service (residential) Traffic Streets 70% of Portland’s Road Network
  5. 5. $60 Million300 MILE bikeway network OR 1 MILE of urban freeway
  6. 6. Four Basic Goals• Keep auto traffic below 1000 vehicles per day • Low traffic comfortable for bikes • Comfortable for residents, cars don’t dominate the streets..• Speeds at or under 20 MPH • Liberal use of speed bumps• Help people across busy streets • Traffic Signals, ped. Islands and rapid flash beacons• Efficiently get people where they want to go • residential streets that parallel major
  7. 7. Four Basic tools• Signs• Crossings and through traffic barriers• Create through routes by turning stop signs and making connections.• Speed Bumps
  8. 8. Signs and Sharrows
  9. 9. Sharrows for Wayfinding
  10. 10. Crossings
  11. 11. Curb Extensions treat Stormwater and control traffic
  12. 12. Speed Bumps Control SpeedUse Speed Bumps to control speedChanged State Law to allow 20 MPHspeeds on NeighborhoodGreenwaysRecent Study From Britain • 42% decrease in all crash activity • Biggest decreases in pedestrian crash activity for ages 0-15 • 62% decrease in serious crashes for motor vehicle occupants Effect of 20 mph traffic speed zones on road injuries in London, 1986-2006: controlled interrupted time series analysis Cite: BMJ 2009;339:b4469
  13. 13. Neighborhood Greenway Process Working with Neighborhoods1) Identify Routes2) Notify Residents3) First Open House  Existing Conditions  Specific Concepts for Improvements  Discussion with Neighbors4) Second Open House  Updated Plan Based on Feedback & Data5) Approval by Transportation Director
  14. 14. Holman Pocket Park Before:• Holman Pocket Park • Providing safe, active transportation • Managing stormwater • Creating sustainable public spaces• Multi-jurisdiction and community partnership After: • City Agencies • Environmental Protection Agency Grant • Community members
  15. 15. Its Part of an overall effort• Sunday Parkways• Marketing• Neighborhood Coalitions• Make Bicycling Cool
  16. 16. Using Our Streets to Implement Multiple Community GoalsTransportationUrban ForestryParksStormwater-Green StreetsHealth / Health EquityClimate Action Plan
  17. 17. Early Implementation Strategies• Mark Routes• Provide strategic crossings• Work with a friendly neighborhood, most people like Neighborhood Greenways whether they use them on a bike or not.• Its Inexpensive, our total investment over the last few years is less than $10 Million• Not as hard as poliltically hard as bikelanes on busy streets

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