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Dozens extra 15 mph ‘shared streets’ popping up in Portland

(Pictures: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

The Metropolis of Portland continues to tweak and replace their Sluggish Streets Program.

Launched in Might 2020 as a response to Covid-induced demand for socially-distanced biking and strolling, the Portland Bureau of Transportation first positioned rickety indicators and plastic barrels at over 100 places citywide. Then in 2021, with a ringing endorsement from the general public on their facet, PBOT upgraded them to extra strong concrete planters.

The most recent replace is to ditch the outdated “Native Entry Solely” verbiage on the unique indicators and change it with a unique message. We shared visuals of the brand new signage again in December once we noticed it on a number of of the concrete planter diverter installations.

Since then PBOT has been busy swapping out non-concrete places with the brand new, yellow “Shared Road 15 mph” signage that features icons of a motorcycle rider, walkers, and a driver.

Only one 12 months in the past we reported that this “Shared Road” facility kind was extraordinarily uncommon in Portland. It’s not anymore!

Prior to now few weeks the brand new indicators have popped up all around the metropolis. I’ve seen them on residential facet streets at Southeast Division and 86th, SE Lincoln and sixtieth, and on the Alameda Ridge.

I reached out to PBOT Interim Director of Communications and Public Involvement Hannah Schafer to seek out out what’s occurring. She stated they’re changing the indicators, “To match extra intently with our extra everlasting Sluggish Road concrete barrel installations as we do wanted upkeep on the short-term installations.”

Why’d they ditch the outdated indicators? Right here’s extra from Schafer:

“We’ve discovered the ‘Shared Road’ indicators are extra comprehensible for people and convey a clearer message than ‘Native Entry Solely’. Native Entry Solely might be misinterpreted as unique to solely sure folks (i.e. solely individuals who stay on the road), whereas an advisory shared avenue signal way more clearly states who’s welcome and to regulate your velocity accordingly. We would like all Portlanders to really feel welcome to make use of our shared streets and neighborhood greenways throughout the town for strolling, biking, rolling and strolling!”

— Be taught extra about PBOT’s Sluggish Streets program on their web site.