Seems to be some confusion as to what this is. Bike lane usage is mandatory in Portland.
PORTLAND, Ore, — A new bicycle track in downtown Portland is moving parking spaces farther into the street.
The track was set to be opened on Monday on SW Broadway near Portland State University.
The city says it aims to protect cyclists from downtown traffic by putting the lane between the curb and the parking spots.
Portland Mayor Sam Adams and PSU President Win WIewel said they hoped the lanes would encourage the economic and environmental climate and sustainability in the city.
A new bicycling lane just eliminated one lane for cars and moved parking spaces away from the curb. The special lane is called a “bike track.”
Cyclists told KATU News on Monday morning, the first business day the lane changes are in effect, that they feel better shielded from auto traffic.
But some drivers said that the row of parked cars could block their view when taking a right-hand turn and they were upset that they lost a lane of travel in the project.
Other drivers like the project because they said bicyclists aren’t so close to moving cars.
There’s a new bike lane in downtown Portland.
The new concept, which removes a motorized lane of traffic and moves parking away from the curb on Southwest Broadway, is ready to go. But it’s not quite open to two-wheeled traffic, as KATU erroneously reported this morning. Also, KATU, it’s called a cycletrack not a “bike track.” (Psst. Look at your own graphic.)
We could go on about the errors in the KATU story. (Where are these right turns that motorists are worried about having obstructed between Southwest Clay and Jackson street?) But we’ll stop there.