Bicycle boulevards are not striped with bicycle lanes, so they are not very
visible as good bicycling streets. They do have amenities that make them
work well for people riding bicycles, including crossing treatments at major
intersections, traffic calming treatments to keep auto speeds slow, and a
stop sign pattern that provides cyclists with a better flow down the street.
The pavement markings will make these bicycling streets as visible to
cyclists as are the streets striped with bicycle lanes.
"It's difficult to refer to your bicycle map while on the seat of a bike,"
states Commissioner Sam Adams who oversees the Office of Transportation.
"These Bicycle Boulevard markings will help cyclists find the best routes.
It is an important part of our overall bicycling strategy to make our
streets safe and convenient for all cyclists, whether you're 7 or 70 years
The Bureau of Maintenance will be adhering the markings on local and
residential streets over the next two months. The symbols are applied using
die-cut material that is sealed onto the street surface with heat. Not
readily visible to motorists over the hoods of their vehicles, cyclists can
see them easily.
"This effort will move Portland toward our goal of Platinum Bicycle Friendly
status - and will ensure our continuing to be the best bicycling city in the
United States," Commissioner Adams added. "Portland is committed to
providing its residents the widest variety of safe and reasonable
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