Enhance Bicycle & Pedestrian Safety

Cornell Road should be a safe place for all modes of transportation, especially for bicycles and pedestrians. Increased bicycle and pedestrian traffic should be parallel with the reduction and calming of vehicular traffic.  The safety of children should be emphasized in any future improvements. 

Some of the discussion topics the CRSC has considered include:

  • Enhance safety of Cornell Road crossings, particularly during rush hour and school hours.
  • Improve visibility of bicycles and pedestrians for vehicles.
  • Reduce vehicle speeds in critical multi-modal use areas.
  • Use striping, chevrons and other painted markings to indicate separation and use by both pedestrians and bicyclists.
  • Evaluate traffic calming solutions.
  • Evaluate potential use of Safe Routes to Schools program where appropriate.
Metro classifies Cornell Road as a Regional Corridor Bikeway. Regional corridor bikeways function as longer routes that provide point-to-point connectivity between the central city, regional centers and larger town centers. Regional corridor bikeways generally have higher automobile speeds and volumes than community connector bikeways. Portland classifies Cornell Road as a City Bikeway and City Walkway and advises communities to consider the following possible design treatments for City Bikeways: bicycle lanes, wider travel lanes, wide shoulders on partially improved roadways, bicycle boulevards, and signage for local street connections. When bicycle lanes are not feasible, traffic calming, bicycle boulevards, or similar techniques will be considered to allow bicyclists to share travel lanes safely with motorized traffic. City Walkways are intended to provide safe, convenient, and attractive pedestrian access to activities along major streets and to recreation and institutions; provide connections between neighborhoods; and provide access to transit.
In addition, the City of Portland classifies Cornell Road as a Community Corridor/Greenscape Street. Community Corridors are designed to include special amenities to balance motor vehicle traffic with public transportation, bicycle travel, and pedestrian travel.” “Where streets have a Greenscape Street design designation and  another street design designation, consider the natural characteristics of the street during the design and implementation of street improvements.

What are your experiences with and suggestions for improving bicycle and pedestrian safety?

There are 3 comments .

Jeff Douglas —

Limit light pollution. Cornell is on “higher ground” therefore light pollution is going to be very singificant for all those outside the area. There should be down-facing lights, no flood-lights, even in the schools. Are the school buses going to be “green”? Where will they be parked? This is a signigicant pollution issue.

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Peter Stark —

The safety concern was the catalyst that started the CRSC effort. For three years I couldn’t allow my daughter to walk to her bus stop due to traffic on Cornell. Unfortunately, traffic is only part of the issue. Whereas most drivers are courteous and understand they are driving through a neighborhood with kids – a few are very aggressive. My daughter was only 12 while crossing the road alone she was “flipped-off” by a speeding driver for not crossing the road fast enough.

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Peter Stark —

I think it’s important people understand the dynamic nature of Cornell and the drivers who share use of the road with pedestrians and bicyclists. One experience I’ll never forget was standing in front of my yard watching 3 bicyclists racing down the hill through the tunnels. In the opposite direction a car was just making the sharp turn up Cornell at Westover. It was at that moment that a frustrated driver decided to pass the uphill car at the turn and was in the same lane with the bicyclists. The car swerved and missed the bikes – but it was very close. I encourage anyone who has has a similar “near accident” experience to share them on this site.

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