Imagine 6th and W. 6th Street as a Neighborhood Greenway!
6th and W. 6th Street is the street that joins the West End Neighborhood and Railroad Square. It’s unique because it’s shares many uses- homes, multiple unit dwellings, 6th Street Theater, Chops Teen Club, The Assistance League’s “New to You Shop”, Tee Vax and others line this street. It’s also used for events such as 5K races, Chop’s Teen Club happenings and of course, The Great West End & Railroad Square Handcar Regatta.
Today, the street works well. It has very low traffic excepting events and is safe for both pedestrians and bicyclists to use the street (especially since the south side lacks sidewalks!). It allows parking for the 6th Street Playhouse and special events.
For the future, the street could be designed to be an attractive, multi-use street- safe for ALL. Check this out! Portland’s Bike Boulevards become Neighborhood Greenways.
Sounds good? Those are Class 3/ Sharrow streets with speed bumps, curb extensions, median islands and many tools to create a safe environment.
On February 1st, the S. R. City Council will vote on the 2010 S. R. Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan. This plan will not give us the wonderful Neighborhood Greenways that we deserve. It will put Class 2 bike lanes on the street and remove parking from homes, businesses, events and our wonderful non-profits.
This is what the proposed plan will look like- you can see it “live” in front of 113 W. 6th Street.