PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Southeast Clinton Street in Portland is filled with cyclists, pedestrians and drivers. But if all goes according to plan, there will be a slight decrease in drivers.
Roberta Robles with BikeLoudPDX has been working with other cycling advocates to put a diverter on the street.
“Basically,” she said, “you are going to limit movement of a car from either going straight or going right or left. It just depends on the design so it’s very minimal impact.”
The transportation manager for PBOT said they’ve seen an increase in drivers along the Clinton Street corridor. That’s why they’re looking at diverters as an option to reduce the volume of traffic and the speed.
“It’s very important to this neighborhood,” Robles said. “They want the traffic to slow down and they want to feel safer out there.”
About 40% of traffic on Clinton is from cyclists.
Since the 1980s, the city has placed 25 diverters throughout Portland.
One of those, at NE Rosa Parks and Michigan, was put in about a year ago.
“Our street is a lot quieter now, but at the same time it can definitely be a hassle,” said resident Jack Pilarski. Even though the traffic is calmer, he’d still like to see it be removed.
“It’s helped with traffic a little bit but it’s kind of a bother for the people who live in the neighborhood,” he said. “You have to turn on the street before this to get to your house. You can’t just turn right here.”
PBOT is still in the early planning stages. If the diverter get approved by the city council, residents along Southeast Clinton between 12th and 51st could see it in the early fall. Engineers are surveying the area to find the best spot for one.
The agency is also looking at adding speedbumps and signage in the area.