See PBOT’s work zone bikeway policy in action

See PBOT’s work zone bikeway policy in action

(Photos and story by Ted Timmons)

(Photos and story by Ted Timmons)

At the end of June, the city passed a policy to prioritize pedestrian and cyclist access through temporary construction zones I talked to PBOT’s Street Use Permits department (CPAC) about the NW 19th and Overton apartments, which had the Overton bikeway closed for many months.

When the developers were up for a renewal of the permit, I sent pictures showing the road blocked off for basic deliveries and blocked off even when it wasn’t being used at all. PBOT was able to encourage some redesigns during the permit renewal, and here’s how it ended…

The bike lane on July 22. It was narrow but short enough that negotiating oncoming bike traffic was easy:

Reserved bike lane on July 22. It is narrow but short enough that negotiating oncoming cyclist traffic is easy.

Reserved bike lane on July 22. It is narrow but short enough that negotiating oncoming cyclist traffic is easy.
Love the EXCEPT BICYCLES sign.

Love the EXCEPT BICYCLES sign.





And here’s the bike lane on August 8 with morning bike traffic. A few weeks after the previous picture, it’s wider and better signed:

Bike lane on August 8 with morning commuter traffic. A few weeks after the last picture, it's wider and better signed.

Bike lane on August 8 with morning commuter traffic. A few weeks after the last picture, it’s wider and better signed.
August 10. Bike lane at the left. Yes, the red truck is parked very close to the exit of the lane.

August 10. Bike lane at the left. Yes, the red truck is parked very close to the exit of the lane.

If you’re a hashtag kind of person, this is a good example of #WorkZoneWTF turning into #WorkZoneFTW.

– Ted Timmons, @tedder42

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