Portland declares protected bike lanes as default

In a move calculated to help reach their goal of 20% of all trips by bike by 2030, Portland has adopted a policy that protected bike lanes are the new default. The policy applies to all cycling facilities for all streets with an average daily traffic count of 3,000 motor vehicles or more.

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As Transportation Director Leah Treat says, “Our experience and our policies both tell us that encouraging more bicycle transportation is key to Portland’s efforts to address population growth, safety on our streets, health, climate change and prosperity.”
“There is a growing body of research and experience across the U.S., North America and the world demonstrating the effectiveness and desirability of protected bicycle lanes to encourage more bicycle transportation.”

Here in Brockville, Laurier Blvd carries close to 7,000 motor vehicles per day and according to cycling opponents is dangerous due to speeding and drivers wandering over the road (it’s a two lane road on four-lane width pavement).  Neighbours have been known to back out of their driveways into each other.  Traffic needs calming.

That people avoid cycling on Laurier is not a surprise, and that they want to is evident in comments freely posted on the support petition.

Author: Alan Medcalf

Alan is a post-corporate, volunteer, community builder living in Brockville, Ontario. He seeks to create sustainable lifestyle advantage for the community by creating opportunities for more people to choose to walk and to ride bikes. He promotes the health, social, environmental and economic benefits of active mobility.