It’s been nearly two weeks now since the first day I rode home on the SW Moody cycle track, and I thought I would share some thoughts and impressions over that time – plus I shot a quick video of part of my ride to work this morning, of course including the cycle track.
It’s been a bit strange, and definitely not the “finished” experience yet, as parts of the path are still intermittently blocked off as they do construction around it, so that I think is making it a little difficult to sort of settle in to who is supposed to be where on the path.
That being said, I haven’t witnessed any major conflicts – the only thing I’ve really seen is that, at the south end, south of where the pedestrian and bike paths cross, pedestrians tend to walk in the cycle path (since it’s up against the road there – this makes sense, since that’s usually where the sidewalk is). After that little crosswalk, though, I haven’t noticed any issues really, after the first day or two.
The construction workers were great about directing people where they should be on the first few days, and they’ve now left us to find our own way on and off of the cycle track.
At the crossing at the south end (the end of the video), they finally added the traffic signal, with a new bike signal (you can see it on a pole up to the right as I’m turning to cross the street) that lets you see, from the cycle track, whether the crossing light is green or not, since you’re turning around a corner, and if you’re continuing straight, you’re re-entering the road with traffic coming from behind.
In any case, after two weeks, I think this is fantastic – I can’t wait until it is really finished and people kind of settle into how to use it. This is the first piece of infrastructure in Portland that really makes me think someone was paying attention when they did those tours of European cities. It’s a small start, but a good one.