Multnomah Street Streetscape Plan
Multnomah Street pilot
In early 2012 Lloyd neighborhood stakeholders met several times with the City of Portland to determine a plan to improve NE Multnomah Street; to make it easier and safer for pedestrians to cross, to provide an enhanced (protected) bikeway for cyclist moving east/west through the neighborhood, and to add on-street parking stalls for customers and visitors to Lloyd. The conclusion of those meetings is the Multnomah Street Pilot Project led by Go Lloyd in partnership with Portland Bureau of Transportation. This resulted in the temporary installation of the parking-protected bike lane and travel lane configuration you see today.
Problem & Purpose
While the current street configurations meets the goals of the original plan, maintenance concerns with the planters in the buffer and some confusion about parking mean there's still work to do. Many of the planters have been hit by cars and are expensive to maintain (landscaping and watering) and there are no replacements. In 2016, Go Lloyd secured parking meter revenue funds to help pay for a permanent plan/design for NE Multnomah Street. That brings us to the fall of 2016 when Go Lloyd reconvened the Multnomah Street Task force to determine a permanent design for the street. The permanent street design should meet the original project goals listed below, and have low long-term maintenance costs.
The Multnomah Streetscape Design Should:
1. Improve pedestrian, bicyclist and transit quality and comfort.*
a. The design must feel more comfortable for people riding bikes and walking.
b. The design should improve the transit riding experience
2. Enhance the bike-way.*
a. The new bike facilities will result in more people biking.
b. The design should be innovative and provide world-class facilities for people biking.
c. The design should have intuitive and comfortable connections to the rest of the bikeway network.
3. Improve safety for all users.*
a. The design should reduce traffic speeds
b. The design should reduce the number of crashes with people walking and biking.
c. The design should prevent or discourage people driving automobiles from driving above the speed limit.
d. This helps support safety goals (Vision Zero) for all users.
4. Improve on-street parking configuration and experience.*
a. On-street parking should be easier for people to understand and on-street parking spaces should be preserved.
b. This helps support adjacent land uses and businesses.
5. Support place-making, aesthetics, and landscaping elements.
a. When and where possible, provide opportunities for beautification either through landscaping or other place making tools (i.e. café seating, planters, art, etc.)
b. This supports community identity and adjacent land uses and businesses.
Go Lloyd has initiated a planning process in partnership with the a project manager from the City of Portland's Bureau of Transportation. This planning process includes the hiring of an engineering firm to help study possible street designs, and the reconvening of the Multnomah St Task Force made up of local business and property owners, and residents and employees. The Task Force has met a few times since the fall of 2016. Through these conversations and deliberations with the city, engineers, and the Task Force there are two proposals which will be presented to the public in July through an in person and online Open House.
After reviewing the feedback from the Open House on July 11th, engineers will develop a final plan with some preliminary engineering drawings and cost estimates for the streetscape plan in the Fall of 2017. Once the plan is complete then the city and Go Lloyd can work to fund funding for construction. The project is also on the Transportation System Plan project list for the next 10 years so it has been identified as a near term priority for the city. it is also on the the Portland Bureau of Transportation System Development Charges (SDCs) project list. This means there's potentially $2 million dollars provided from development fees to help pay for the majority of construction. Thus we anticipate that construction could potentially begin within the next 3-5 years.
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Pilot Evaluation Highlights
- Bike volume up 47%
- Auto traffic volumes dropped 23%
- Drivers exceeding 25 mph dropped from 32% to 17%
- Travel time through the corridor decreased or remain unchanged.
- 89% bicyclists agree safety improved
- 20% bicyclists reported cycling more due to protected lanes