PBOT unveils project ideas for North Portland in Motion plan

One of the proposed projects would be to build a new trail on this section of Columbia Boulevard to connect the Peninsula Crossing Trail to Columbia Slough. (Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)
Plan the map

The big reveal is here!

The Portland Bureau of Transportation has spent the past 16 months learning about the needs and nuances of our city’s northern peninsula and they have just released a list of projects they would like to build to make it more enjoyable for the cycling, walking and public transport. .

North Portland on the move is a planning process that was launched in April 2021. After doing a heap of outreach, PBOT today said in a statement that: ‘We have always heard that the people of North Portland would like to see the emphasis on safer speeds, crossings and bike options for community members. of all ages. »

Also today they launched an online open day that shares 38 different projects to achieve these goals. Projects are divided into four categories: Corridor Improvements, Critical Connections, Neighborhood Greenways, Public Spaces and Mobility Hubs. There’s a map (below) where you can click and learn more about each.

There are several very exciting projects on the list. Imagine if we have:

  • new bike lanes on N Willamette Blvd from the train tracks to downtown St. Johns;
  • a new north-south neighborhood greenway on northern Montana between Alberta and Rosa Parks Way (as an alternative to Interstate Avenue);
  • new cycle lanes on Interstate N between Killingsworth and Lombard;
  • traffic calming and safer crossings on N Portsmouth between Willamette and Columbia;
  • or a new path along Columbia to (finally!) connect to the end of the Peninsula Crossing Trail.

And beyond the traditional infrastructure projects, they also included six potential plazas and “mobility hub” locations:

  • Downtown St. Johns Plaza
  • Charleston Street Square
  • New Columbia Mobility Center
  • University of Portland Mobility Center
  • Kenton Town Center Mobility Hub
  • Arbor Lodge Park Plaza
Slide from the PBOT Open House.

Everything is possible with this plan. Of course, there will be no money directly tied to the NPIM; but PBOT has a history of spending money (as it becomes available) in line with these “In Motion” plans (*See the exciting update below. It is silver!). Adopting a plan like this also helps create the political urgency required for the funding to appear – so it’s a positive feedback loop all around.

*UPDATE12:20 p.m.: Turns out PBOT actually Is already have money in reserve for it. So far, they have set aside $500,000 from the Fixing Our Streets (gas tax) program, $100,000 from their Pedestrian Network fundraising program and $80,000 from the Missing Links program. That’s $680,000 to revive NPIM. PBOT tells me they plan to spend that money in the first two years after the plan is adopted.

How do I tell PBOT which ones to build first? Visit the Open Day online and make your priorities and ideas known.

PBOT will take that feedback, pair it with their other core values ​​(like fairness, feasibility, etc.), raise it to the political mast, and come up with a list of “top tier” projects later this fall.

According to their latest schedule, they will continue to refine the slate of projects and find sources of funding from the fall through the spring of 2023, and then have the plan passed by the board that summer.

If all goes according to plan, I bet we could see some of NPIM’s best projects being installed early next summer. So go to this open day and help achieve it. The open day ends on September 30.

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