April 16, 2011
North Williams Trac Operations Safety Project
The Portland Bureau o Transportationis exploring options that willmake travelling on North WilliamsAvenue between Weidler Street andKillingsworth Street saer and morecomortable or all users.With the advice o a StakeholderAdvisory Committee ormed or thisproject, City sta have prepared alternative designs or your consideration. These designs include potential transportation changes to reduce conicts andimprove operation o the bike lane, auto lanes, bus stops, and crosswalks.Here’s how you can provide your input:
Talk with sta Place comments on the map provided
Answer questions at stations labelled “Input Required”
Provide written comment
Submit comments on project website:
www.portlandonline.com/transportation/williamsFor more inormation, please visit the website or contact the Project Manager:Ellen Vanderslice503firstname.lastname@example.org
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P H O T O B y j O N A T H A N M A u S
4 Comfort and Connections:
NE 7th Avenue carries a lot o cartrafc, with no room or bike lanes.Plus, it ends just ater NE AlbertaStreet.
Side streets east o North WilliamsAvenue don’t go through.
North Williams Avenue is a busyplace, and many o the peoplebiking on the street live, work, eat,shop, or visit on North Williams.
7 The Numbers:
More than 3,000 people bikeup North Williams Avenue eachday in the warm months. In theevening, the street moves about400 bikes and 800 motor vehiclesper hour in the section north o Russell Street.
O all the possible northboundbikeways or this area, NorthWilliams Avenue is the only onewith direct connections to theBroadway and Steel Bridge bikepaths.
2 NE MLK Boulevard:
MLK is designated a “major citytrafc street” or cars and is not adesignated bikeway. Some peoplethereore use North WilliamsAvenue to bike to destinations onor near MLK Boulevard.
1 Crossings and Continuity:
The side streets west o Williamsdon’t go through, and the majoreast-west streets are hard to crossbecause they carry heavy autotrafc rom I-5.
The City o Portland designated North Williams Avenue a "major city bikeway" in thePortland Bicycle Plan last year. This means North Williams Avenue will become one o the best and busiest bike routes in the bike network, the same way "major city trafcstreets" (like NE MLK Blvd.) are designed to be the best and busiest car routes.Why was North Williams Avenue designated a "major city bikeway"? And why are somany people already biking on North Williams Avenue?