Advisory Shoulders & Bike Lanes: Multiple Locations

PBOT has installed advisory shoulders or bike lanes in three locations in Portland in 2022. Advisory shoulders and bike lanes are a low-cost, low-impact treatment for narrow streets with lower volumes of traffic and speeds.
When using an advisory bike lane, drivers from both directions use the center lane. Drivers move into bike lanes to pass each other safely.
Construction in 2022
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Online Open House on Advisory Shoulders and Bike Lanes

  • December 1, 2022 from 6pm to 7pm.

  • Presentation followed by Question and Answer session

  • Connect by Zoom (registration required).

  • Please contact Shawn Canny if you have issues connection. 

What's happening now?

Advisory shoulders and bike lanes are complete for the 2022 construction season. The easternmost section of NE San Rafael Street will not have advisory lanes installed until further evaluation takes place

  • NE San Rafael Street between 132nd and 148th avenues is on hold while the project team evaluates advisory shoulders and bike lanes in other parts of the city.
  • NE San Rafael Street between 122nd and 132nd avenues will NOT have advisory bike lanes. The section between 122nd and 132nd avenues will have two standard travel lanes, two buffered bike lanes, and one parking lane on the north side of the street. 
    • The section between 122nd and 125th is awaiting completion of the buffered bike lanes. 
  • Read the project notification and update from October 20, 2022.
  • Community meeting with the Russell Neighborhood on Thursday, 10/6/22. Here is the presentation from the Russell meeting.

Advisory shoulders and bike lanes have been installed in three locations in Portland in summer and fall, 2022: 

  • NE San Rafael Street between 111th and 122nd avenues as part of the resurfacing project.
  • NE 43rd Ave between NE Tillamook St and NE Sandy Blvd on the Tillamook Neighborhood Greenway
  • NE 53rd Ave between NE Hoyt St to NE Irving St on the 50s Bikeway

PBOT is currently in constructing advisory bike lanes and sharing information on their use. 

How do advisory shoulders and bike lanes work?

Project background and description

View a one-page hand-out about PBOT's plans for advisory bike lanes in Portland

PBOT will monitor and evaluate the advisory bike lanes after installation. The installation uses low-cost, non-permanent materials to allow for modifications as needed. 

Why advisory shoulders and bike lanes?

  • On shared roads, they provide space for people walking and using mobility devices where sidewalks don't exist.
  • The design provides more space between people biking, walking, and rolling and people driving.
  • They limit the likelihood of a bicyclist being hit by a parked car’s opening door, while still allowing for on-street parking.
  • They’re a great treatment for narrow streets with low vehicle traffic and low speeds.

What do we know about advisory shoulders and bike lane safety?

  • Studies from 11 US cities over 8 years and 60 million vehicle trips showed a 44% overall reduction in crashes compared to previously existing 2-lane configurations. (Mineta Institute. Safety Considerations for All Road Users on Edge Lane Roads. 2022)
  • Friction on the road typically leads to vehicles operating more carefully and at safer speeds.
  • PBOT will only install advisory bike lanes on streets with low motor vehicle traffic and low speeds.

Information for screen reader users

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