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A better have a look at the reconfigured, painted, and calmed Lincoln-Harrison-Thirtieth intersection

Trying southeast throughout Thirtieth from SE Harrison.
(Photographs: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

Over the weekend I used to be capable of lastly take a better have a look at one in all Portland’s most spectacular shows of site visitors calming on a neighborhood greenway: The reconfigured intersection of Southeast Lincoln-Harrison and Thirtieth.

Lincoln-Harrison is a well-liked and important east-west hyperlink within the bike community. It connects individuals to Mt. Tabor Park and is simply 1,200 ft south of the bustling Hawthorne Blvd business district. In late summer time of 2017 the Portland Bureau of Transportation embarked on an effort to additional improve it as a people-centered avenue. On the prime of their listing for issues to handle was the broad expanse of pavement the place the greenway crosses Thirtieth at an off-set angle.

The intersection was too broad for bike riders, walkers, runners, households with strollers, individuals with mobility units, and different weak customers to securely navigate. Its off-set configuration and broad turning radii additionally made it annoying to drive on. The design PBOT got here up with took again a lot of the area away from drivers, restricted how and the place they may journey, added protected lanes for bike riders, plopped concrete planters to encourage safer driving, and successfully sharpen the turns to lower automobile speeds.

For context, beneath is a earlier than picture wanting southeast from Harrison and the PBOT plan drawing displaying how they minimize it up:

A earlier than/after report shared by PBOT in September 2019 confirmed that the enhancement was, “a big success” when it got here to decreasing the quantity of drivers on the greenway.

If Sunday’s site visitors was a superb illustration, I’d use a stronger phrase than “vital”. As you may see within the above video and photographs, the intersection was alive with individuals whereas I used to be there and way more of them have been outdoors of vehicles fairly than in them. A number of walkers strolled casually by the crosswalks with out skipping a beat of their conversations. At one level a bunch of teenagers got here by and skateboarded within the newly-carfree sections. Talking of which, a latest neighborhood mission painted giant swaths of the intersection with a enjoyable array of colours and designs.

PBOT has an extended legacy of site visitors calming initiatives on neighborhood greenways. Look ahead to a narrative later this week on the three roundabouts they not too long ago put in on NE 108th Avenue.

And because of this we have to calm automobile site visitors on these streets!