One of the hot button issues in the NE Quadrant Plan process was bike and pedestrian safety, particularly along Broadway near I-5. In response to a spate of recent vehicle/bike accidents and pressure from multiple parties, including Eliot, City staff have agreed to try and speed the adoption of some of the proposals in the Plan. One of these was to limit access to North Wheeler from Broadway as that has been a contributor to bike accident statistics. To do so the City erected temporary wooden barriers with “no right turn” signs.
To reinforce the change, Portland Police conducted an enforcement campaign. They did ticket several people attempting to detour around the signs, but they also cited dozens of bike riders who ignored the stop sign on Flint. One of these was a bike advocate to the Mayor. And, it wasn’t her first ticket for this infraction!
It is dangerous for bike riders to ignore traffic signs and signals, no more so than in this stretch of Broadway. Eliot is advocating for safety improvements for riders, but those measures can only go so far if riders don’t take care of their own safety by obeying traffic laws. Be careful out there!