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Protected bike lane pops up on Broadway for one day

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COURTESY: PORTLAND OFFICE OF TRANSPORTATION  - PBOT's permitted demonstration of protected bike lanes on Thursday will run from 6 a.m.-7 p.m. on Southwest Broadway, between Taylor and Salmon streets. It will occupy the on-street parking lane for the day. 
Portlanders on Thursday will get to see what a protected bike lane would look like on Southwest Broadway Avenue, one of the most important commuter thoroughfares in the city.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation will hold a one-day "pop-up simulation" on Broadway, between Taylor and Salmon streets.

From 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., PBOT has permits to keep Southwest Broadway at three travel lanes, with parking removed.

Better Block PDX, a Portland nonprofit that creates street "re-imagination" pilot projects, will install planters and traffic cones to mark the space and add a striped buffer.

The existing bike lane will be enhanced and tucked next to the curb between Taylor and Salmon.

Alta Planning & Design and Denver-based nonprofit PlaceMatters are also supporting the effort.

The action is part of the national New Partners for Smart Growth Conference, held at the Portland Hilton this week.

"This project will provide a short-term demonstration of the opportunities for quickly enhancing city livability, pedestrian and bicyclist safety and downtown visitor amenities," PBOT leaders say.

Portland has no permanent protected bike lane.

Better Block PDX has worked since 2013 to create temporary improvements areas throughout the city. Some have led to permanent change.

The group has worked with PBOT to improve access to Naito Parkway in an effort called the Better Naito project; launched a three-day Complete Streets demonstration that led to a permanent public plaza in Old Town in 2014; created public spaces called "Popcorn Plazas" at Southeast 26th Avenue and Clinton Street; and hosted PARK(ing) Day in 2013 to temporarily convert parking spots into public space.

For more: portlandoregon.gov/transportation.