Portland Businesses Advocate for Road Diet

Angie Schmitt covers Bike Portland's article on store owners teaming up to bring road diet as a means to improve business.

Michael Andersen's blogs for Bike Portland about business owners who are teaming up to bring a protected bike lane to their streets along 2nd and 3rd Avenues of Downtown Portland. Per Andersen, the business owners see the bike lanes "as a way to make the neighborhood safer, more comfortable and better to do business in."

According to Andersen, the team is "[inspired] by nearby projects on SW Ankeny and NE Multnomah," and are seeking the protected bike lane solution versus the current closed-to-traffic weekends enforced with "heavy police presence, the frequent need to tow cars from the area and the difficulty of navigating the barricades." Operating as the Old Town Hospitality Group, the business owners are in the process of designing concept plans for the quarter-mile stretch of road diets.

Full Story: Seeing business upsides, Old Town retailers propose protected bike lanes on 2nd, 3rd

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