Fresh new bike lanes have just been painted on South Willamette Street!!
No, it’s not the much talked about section from 24th to 32nd but the one from 18th to 23rd. The northbound cyclists on Willamette will pick up the bike lane at 23rd then be diverted (with the rest of the traffic) onto 2oth before heading North again on Oak…eventually that zig-zag will also have bike lanes, including the Oak one which will take you to the 18th Ave bike lanes! The city decided to wait to do the section from 23rd to 24th even though it was being repaved because they wanted to see where the 24th-32nd projected went so they knew where to line up the lanes.
These new bike lanes are a major improvement to the corridor as they now connect to the bike lanes on Willamette from 13th avenue. It will surely increase bike traffic on Willamette since this section was a barrier before. Now that it is open more people will want to ride to their destinations on the South Willamette section from 24th onward.
Here’s hoping this major improvement is a step towards making Willamette A Place for Everyone!
Here are a few photos Larry Price sent in. Click one to see a little slideshow.