After engaging neighbors through an online survey, KNA meetings, direct mailers and an open house, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) has determined to keep more traditional bike lanes on N Denver from N Lombard to N Watts when it’s repaved this summer.
The move stands in contrast to PBOT’s original plan of repaving this section of N Denver and re-configuring it with protected bike lanes, as was done on N Rosa Parks, and has been characterized as the city conceding to neighbors voicing “confusion over where to place trash cans, how the new design might impact driving, and complaints about inadequate public outreach.”
In communications with the KNA in early 2018, PBOT claimed that neighbors, especially those along N Denver, were largely positive about the protected bike lane proposal through door-to-door outreach and that the only concern that could halt the project would be safety. However, by July, PBOT announced the project was on hold, citing unspecified neighborhood concerns that were never made clear to the KNA, and basically started the project development process over with a new project manager.
When PBOT relaunched the project late last summer, a shift in politics became apparent as the city moved toward buffered bikes lanes as an option for N Denver and requested neighborhood feedback on buffered bike lanes compared to having the previously proposed protected bike lanes.
Hearing varying viewpoints from neighbors that bike daily to not at all, the KNA never took a formal stance on either option and instead focused on facilitating neighbors having their voice heard by PBOT on the matter, and that voice has convinced the city to not pursue protected bike lanes on N Denver.