Neighborhood Greenways (or Bicycle Boulevards)

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Description from Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan (2012)

A bicycle boulevard is a roadway that has been designed to encourage bicycling by making the roadway more favorable to bicycling than to automobiles. This is done through the use of pavement markings, signs, traffic calming treatments such as diverter islands (pictured above), and in some cases signals that give signal priority to bicyclists.

Bicycle boulevards are recommended on streets with relatively low volumes and are particularly successful on roadway grid networks that provide ample alternate routes for automobiles.

Also referred to as “neighborhood greenways”, bicycle boulevards often incorporate drainage improvements, such as open drainage swales, permeable paving materials, and rain gardens installed in curb bulb-outs to further enhance the aesthetics and environmental image of bicycle boulevards.

Design guidance for bicycle boulevards can be found online in the Bike Boulevard Planning and Design Guidebook from the Portland State University Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation (IPBI).

Proposed Neighborhood Greenway Network

  • King Street (7th Street to 22nd Street) and 17th Street (Farnham Street to King Street) - Workshop Presentation, Approved Concept Plan (2016)
  • Avon Street (Monitor Street to State Road)
  • 22nd Street (Farnham Street to Campbell Road)
  • Farnham Street (King Street to  State Road)

Comment on Neighborhood Greenway Planning

 E-mail Planning Staff

Progress Report

5/30/2017 - 17th Street is fully funded and is in the design stage now. It will be bid out and constructed this summer. King Street needs a final decision on the West Avenue intersection from the Board of Public Works or Common Council. It also needs to be funded. Then it can be added to our projects list, surveyed, designed, bid, and constructed. There is a chance to do King in 2018 if it is added to the Capital Improvement Program budget this summer at the City Plan Commission. The cost will likely exceed $250,000, so the regular Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan implementation budget item would not be enough.