Thursday, August 17

Diagonal Crossing

The most innovative example of transportation planning which I've been blessed to enjoy in Portland is the diagonal bike signal installed at the northern terminus of the Eastbank Esplanade. Formally cyclists leaving the path had to carefully negotiate around right-turning vehicles, even when the light was green.

With the installation of the signal, a loop in the sidewalk activates a bike-only green signal and traffic in both directions is halted which provides a safe crossing for pedestrians and cyclists. Given the heavy use by cyclists traveling between the eastbank esplanade and the Rose Quarter, this is a well appreciated safety solution.

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