The Problem with Neighborhood Greenways by @bloomingrock
Neighborhood Greenways have been touted as the best way to make biking safe and appealing on American streets. They are low-cost, at only $250,000 per mile as opposed to $4 to $5 million per mile for cycle tracks, they don’t require heavy modification of existing streets, and they are easy to engineer. The concept of Neighborhood Greenways was developed by Portland Bureau of Transportation’ s Greg Raisman and Mark Lear as a feasible way to make bicycling easy and safe for anyone who wants to bike. Having been first implemented in 2009 in Portland, they were widely installed in 2010 thru 2012, but construction of Greenways has slowed due to budget cuts in 2013 and in 2014. The big picture plan calls for Neighborhood Greenways as only the first step in making bicycling a safe and appealing option for a big swath of Portlanders. “The strategy looked like this,” says Jonathan ...