Let's discuss State Street
People have talked about it for 30 years – how to limit automobiles on State Street in favor of pedestrians and cyclists.
What can we propose that will gain traction and break this longstanding impass?
Picture State Street without cars
When SBBIKE visited Portland last September we rode the protected bike lane on Nieto Parkway; the next day we would learn that the bollards were only temporary, as part of a summer installation, but that this 3 year experiment was likely to become permanent next year. Is this the best approach? Baby-steps, a gradual transition from the status quo to infrastructure that makes cycling safer – should we adopt a similar multi-year plan for State Street? Is such an approach the best way to gain the political support we'll need? And give merchants a less-scary trial period to observe the impact.
What if we propose an "Every Sunday in August" street closure plan as a first step? What might we add to each Sunday's closure to add a festival atmosphere and attract cyclists and pedestrians? If we made it fun then people would clamor for more next year...
Come join the discussion – everyone is welcome.
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