We discussed the pluses and frustrating minuses of the new eastside Burnside/Couch couplet on the blog a couple weeks ago. Now the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) and BikePortland.org are chiming in that the new bike lanes on Couch are unsafe to ride.
In response to the fears, bike planners at the city have promised to come up with an "immediate, interim fix and a list of longer-term solutions" for the unsafe engineering. Interim fix #1: shutting down the bike lane and telling cyclists to ride in the car lane. Gaahhhhhh. It's so disappointing that bikes are clearly a poorly planned afterthought for this $17.8 million project that's been 20 years in the making. A worst case scenario in the weeks after East Couch's unveiling is to see cyclists hauled off the bike lane in ambulances.
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