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Portlandia 2 - Going Street

Thing Two in a Five-Thing Visit To My Favorite Portlandy Things

After our tour a couple of weeks ago around the waterfront, I take you now to a much less glamorous site, not frequented by visitors at all: The Going Street Neighborhood Greenway.



Neighborhood greenways (formerly known as bike boulevards) are streets with some relatively cheap fixes from the traffic-engineering handbook that make them favorable for non-motorized use, while not actually prohibiting cars:
  • Stop signs turned to face the cross streets (making the greenway street mostly non-stop)
  • Speed humps every block to discourage fast through-traffic
  • "Sharrows" (share the road arrows) painted on the surface to let car drivers know they're sharing with other users
  • Slow posted speed limit (20 mph or a little over 30 km/h)
  • Cute street signs
  • Special controls at busy intersections, including barriers that prevent cars from turning onto the greenway street from the busier thoroughfare
As a result, neighborhood greenways are lovely and quiet, very safe to ride on, and generally lively with people.

Going Street (yes, that's the real name of the street--has been since 1891) runs in a straight east-west shot along a slight ridge across my whole section of town, and I use it every week because it serves my favorite grocery store. Getting up to Going Street from my lower starting point is great butt-exercise, too.

The cute signs on Going Street show different kinds of bikes (and people walking). My favorite looks just like Eleanor:
Going Street Greenway sign in orange metal cutout showing a Dutch bike

One features a stingray-style bike with a banana seat:
Going Street Greenway sign in orange metal cutout, showing a stingray-style bicycle

One has the more standard drop-bar, racing-style bike:
Going Street Greenway sign in orange metal cutout, showing a drop-bar racing bike

Sharrow marking and my shadow--you can see what a bright, beautiful day it was today:
A sharrow marking in the street and the shadow of DarkEm on her bike

New Seasons Market Concordia, a couple blocks off Going Street. That's Eleanor (and my super beat-up grocery basket) at the end of the bike parking:
the front of New Seasons Market in Northeast Portland, with bikes and pedestrians



It was a perfect day for a Going Street grocery run today: chilly, clear and still.

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donutsweeper
Jan. 26th, 2014 02:45 am (UTC)
those signs are so cute! I love that your city is so friendly to bicycles.
emeraldsedai
Jan. 26th, 2014 02:56 am (UTC)
It's pretty great. And we've had the most unusual winter so far, with an almost complete lack of rain. Though it's alarming, it also makes for some gorgeous bike riding weather.
donutsweeper
Jan. 26th, 2014 02:58 am (UTC)
That sounds lovely. Much better than my lots of snow and weeks of negative temps weather.
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