Following the adoption of Portland’s Bicycle Plan for 2030, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) launched an effort to upgrade and enhance five of the city’s most challenging and politically-sensitive bikeway corridors.

Alta Planning + Design led the effort to take these projects to the next level while attaining broad support from corridor users and affected stakeholders alike. Successful project completion required thorough technical analyses of all modes of traffic, including bikeway interactions with buses, freight, pedestrians, and other roadway users.

The plans emphasize creating conditions to make bicycling more attractive than driving for short trips and completing a bikeway network that attracts new riders. A new generation of bikeway designs is envisioned to make riders feel safer and more comfortable than they would feel in standard bike lanes on busy streets. Among the bikeway types the City aims to implement are a variety of separated in-roadway designs, including cycle tracks, buffered bike lanes, contra-flow bike lanes, and wide/multi-lane bikeways.

The SW Broadway cycle track concept development explored opportunities for up to 20 blocks of separated bikeway in the dense downtown area of Portland. Alta identified traffic and parking-related issues, opportunities and constraints, areas of concern, and areas needing further investigation as part of this study.