Bike crashes will change ‘dangerous’ intersections around Portland

Is this a step in the right direction? God I hope so. Something has got to change.

Banning right hand turns may not be the only change made at North Interstate and Greeley, the scene of two bicycle crashes in two weeks.

The City may install bike sensors, additional signage and the bike lanes may be painted blue through the intersection, according to Commissioner Sam Adams.

“It’s a complicated intersection,” said Adams.

Within hours of Tuesday’s crash, right turns onto Greeley from North Interstate were banned. As an alternative route, people can use Going Street or proceed further south on N. Interstate, turn around, and take a left onto Greeley.

Adams said it could take the city “a couple of weeks” to determine what permanent changes could be coming to the intersection.

Source: kgw.coml

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6 thoughts on “Bike crashes will change ‘dangerous’ intersections around Portland

  1. …a step in the right direction but it’s still gonna take a changed mindset, through early age education, backed up w/ constant reinforcement…

  2. Last week Portland’s ‘willyweek ran a cover story which sought to dispel some of the portland cycling myths.

    http://wweek.com/editorial/3351/9896/

    Some of the suggestions are interesting, that i hadn’t thought of. Also, they are mostly applicable to any urban area. Even one ghost bike is too many…

  3. Sounds like they are trying to make changes though…

    Around here, even with the law concerning highway funds and bike lanes, we’re lucky to get the lanes. Cyclists are moving targets to the asshole rednecks in this town…

  4. I think everyone is trying to overcomplicate the issue. If this was two lanes of car traffic we were talking about, nobody would even think of having the left lane turn right while the right lane is going straight. No matter how well everyone is paying attention, that’s going to cause congestion and collisions. Bike lanes should end about twenty yards short of intersections. This forces cars and bikes to merge together, and ideally there’s not enough room left to the right for a cyclist to try to force his way up around the cars. If the bike lane is going to run continuously through an intersection, it needs to cross over and split the lanes early. Directing anyone to pass right turning traffic on the right is irresponsible no matter what color the lines are painted.

  5. …good link, ian, just to get a take on what’s really happening in one of america’s “bike friendly” cities…

    …while there is a need for infrastructural changes in most cities, a constant bike awareness program would make a HUGE difference…billboards, newspapers, regular television & internet ‘reminders’…a few “share the road” signs are a tiny start but if people were reminded constantly through the various forms of media, it might start to sink in…

    …we’re regularly informed about cheap, greasy food, libido enhancers, the latest movies, this sale, that sale…we even see bicycles used in lifestyle advertising but that’s where it stops…how about we sell the idea in the media of making lives safer & do it on that same regular basis ???…

    …if you’re exposed to something constantly day to day, hopefully it will enter your consciousness, but for the population at large, their only daily exposure to bike issues are when, “they’re in my way”…

    …what is a big issue in “our” lives is mostly a none issue to most motorists except when, again, “those damn cyclists are in my way”…

    …city & state governments should be at the vanguard of a media blitz…