Portland’s Neighborhood Byway Program
What is a Neighborhood Byway?
Neighborhood Byways designate local streets to provide safer, more convenient and attractive biking and walking to connect the places people live, go to school, shop, work and play. It's a shared roadway - local vehicle traffic continues to use the streets (with no change to the number of lanes), too, but walking and biking are made much more visible through pavement markings, the quality of the streetscape and signs. Their locations focus on good transportation connections between schools, neighborhood centers, parks and open spaces, and residential areas.
Byways typically run parallel to and between busier major streets and create good quality ways to cross the busier streets with which they intersect. The Deering Center Byway (5.5. miles) was a pilot project completed in 2012. A city-wide 30 mile Neighborhood Byway network is envisioned to be built over time.
For more information on Neighborhood Byways see the Bikeway and Pedestrian Network map here: /documentcenter/view/4885
PORTLAND TRANSPORTATION CENTER NEIGHBORHOOD BYWAY
The Portland Transportation Center Neighborhood Byway seeks to create a stronger biking and walking connection between the existing Deering Center Byway and the PTC/Thompson’s Point and the Fore River Parkway Trail (and points in between).
The proposed route runs (north to south) on Nevens Street, Beacon Street, Orland Street, Whitney Avenue and Sewall Street. The connections to the existing Deering Center Byway would be on Nevens Street and Prospect Street to Glenwood Street. This preliminary route is shown to the right.
A focus of the project is on the pedestrian-bicyclist crossings on the Byway of Congress Street, Brighton Avenue and Woodford Street. Other key improvements would be pavement markings and Byway signs.
Second Public Meeting
When: May 2, 2017, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Where: The Woodfords Club, 179 Woodford Street
The second meeting will highlight the draft 50% design plans for the PTC Neighborhood Byway from the PTC/Thompson’s Point to connect to the Deering Center Byway at Nevens Street. Key aspects of the draft design are the proposed enhanced bicyclist and pedestrian crossings where the PTC Byway intersects with busier arterial streets at Congress Street, Brighton Avenue and Woodford Street. Links to the plans for the crossings of Brighton Avenue and Woodford Street are below. These two intersection crossings feature Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFBs) to provide bicyclist and pedestrian warning signals to motorists and supplementary pavement markings and signs.
PTC Byway Crossing at Brighton Ave:
Advanced warning signs and raised islands will be added to Brighton Ave in the vicinity of the Whitney Ave and Orland Street intersections, with pavement markings added to narrow the lanes in both directions to help slow traffic down. As pedestrians along the PTC Byway come to the Brighton Ave intersection they can push the pedestrian activation for the Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFB) located at each crosswalk. This will illuminate flashing lights in both directions along Brighton Ave to warn any oncoming traffic that pedestrians are crossing the street. Experienced bicyclists will be able to cross Brighton Ave at the dotted bike crossing locations which extend across Brighton Avenue from both Whitney Ave and Orland Street. Less experienced bicyclists can dismount at the intersection and follow the same procedure as a pedestrian by activating the RRFB and walking their bike through the crosswalk area.
PTC Byway Crossing at Woodford Street:
Due to the offset of the Beacon Street and Nevens Street intersections at Woodford Street, two separate crossing locations will be provided. Advanced warning signs will be added to Woodford Street in the vicinity of Beacon Street and Nevens Street with shoulder pavement markings to narrow the lanes in both directions to help slow traffic down. As pedestrians along the PTC Byway come to the Woodford Street intersection they can push the pedestrian activation for the Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFB) located at each crosswalk. This will illuminate flashing lights in both directions along Woodford Street, and at both intersections simultaneously to warn any oncoming traffic that pedestrians are crossing the street. Experienced bicyclists will be able to follow the Byway Wayfinding signs to reach the dotted bike crossing locations at both intersections. Less experienced bicyclists can dismount at the intersection and follow the same procedure as a pedestrian by activating the RRFB and walking their bike through the crosswalk area.
Other features of the draft design include distinctive Byway pavement markings and destination signs, updating curb ramps to be Americans with Disabilities Act compliant, and traffic signal and sign changes at Congress Street. Also, the “contra-flow” bike lane on one-way Nevens Street is extended its full length from Concord Street to Woodford Street.
First Public Meeting Materials
Presentation from 11/17/16 Public Meeting
Meeting Notes from 11/17/16 Public Meeting