SW Pedestrian & Bike Safety Projects


Maplewood Greenway

In 2011, the July 11 General Meeting and follow up meeting on August 17 were devoted to the new Maplewood Greenway Project (PDOT-funded) pedestrian-safety improvements in SW Portland including Maplewood. Updated December 2011: Submitted by Ronda Zakocs, Maplewood Elementary Safe Routes to School Chair With input from the Maplewood Neighborhood Association and the Maplewood Elementary School Safe Routes to School Committee, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is developing a Neighborhood Greenway in Maplewood. According to PBOT, neighborhood greenways are "residential streets with low volumes of auto traffic and low speeds where bicycle and pedestrians are given priority". The Neighborhood Greenway GOALS are to:

  • Reduce auto cut-through: Speed bumps and traffic diverters keep cars trying to avoid main streets from cutting through on neighborhood streets.
  • Provide safer bicycling and pedestrian connections : Sharrows alert people driving to expect people bicycling; improved crossings and curb ramps make pedestrian mobility easier and safer.
  • Reduce auto speeds: Speed bumps help slow automobile traffic on greenways.
  • Help people across busier streets: Improved crossings at main streets help people walking and bicycling cross more easily.
  • Guide people on the route and help get them where they are going: Markings on the pavement and signage let you know where the Greenway goes and what's nearby, like parks and business districts.
  • Provide more "eyes on the street": More people out on the street bicycling and walking leads to safer streets.



Bike sharrow on SW 60th

PBOT held two community meetings this past July and August to share draft plans and solicit input from Maplewood residents and interested parties. Overall, speed bumps, shared-land marking or sharrow (bike signs painted directly on the road), improved signage, changes to a few intersections, and expanded shoulders/walkable surfaces are proposed for the following roads. Speed bumps have been designed and ordered and should be installed in spring 2012.

  • Maplewood Road (Custer to Multnomah/45th intersection): Convert Northside ditch to walkable pathways with drainage improvements in partnership with Portland Bureau of Environmental Services (BES). Currently, BES is designing the drainage improvements for storm water. Gravel or pervious pavement are being considered for the walkable surface. Also, proposed are 7 speed bumps, sharrows, and improved signals or roundabout at Multnomah Blvd/45th intersection.
  • Vermont Street: Several concepts are proposed from 52nd to 45th Ave: 1)Create a share use path on the northside of Vermont with cross walk at 50th Ave; 2) Add bike lanes and north side sidewalk; or 3) Two-way-Left-Turn-Lane with bikes and walk as a possible future option. Currently, engineers are designing the concepts and determining feasibility of options that are most cost effective.
  • 52nd Ave (between Vermont St & Custer): Possible extension of sidewalk from Maplewood School to 51st/Maplewood Road intersection. Also proposed are 7 speed bumps, sharrows, & improved signage at Vermont, Texas, & Nevada Court intersections.
  • Custer St (between 52nd & Maplewood Road): Safety improvements at intersection of Maplewood/51st Ave. Proposals include signage upgrades, stop sign with crosswalk, or mini-roundabout. Three speed bumps and sharrows are also proposed.
  • Miles court(between Oleson Rd & Custer): 5 speed bumps & sharrows
  • 60th Ave(between Vermont St & Canby): 6 speed bumps, sharrows, and additional signage at Miles Court intersection
  • 54th Ave (between Nevada Court & Custer): 4 speed bumps & sharrows
  • 51st Ave (between Nevada Court & Multnomah Blvd): 3 speed bumps, sharrows, and signage improvements at Maplewood & Custer intersections.
  • April Hill Park: Install ramps for greater accessibility at the start and end of gravel trail through park. Unclear if Portland Parks and Recreation approved changes. Ramps being installed January 2012.



Bailey reviews ramp construction at April Hill Park.
For more information, visit the PDOT website at: or contact Kyle Chisek, Project Manager @ (503) 823-7041 or


Does "hump" sound friendlier than "bump"? Beaverton thinks so.

PBOT Links to Maplewood Neighborhood Greenways and Neighboring Pedestrian Safety Projects:

Note: PBOT announced that the SW Vermont Sidewalk Project would be folded into the Illinois-Vermont Neighborhood Greenway on January 5, 2012. Maplewood Greenways: Illinois-Vermont Greenway: SW Vermont Sidewalk Project Board (SW 30th - SW 37th): SW Vermont Sidewalk Project Map: Project Contacts: Mark Lear - Greg Raisman -


September 12, 2011 - Maplewood General Meeting with Guests from TriMet:

Tom Mills and Clay Thompson of TriMet were guests in Maplewood for a meeting that proved frustrating to some who attended. Several people shared stories about how the lack of usable public transit has negatively impacted them. People have been unable to get to work or have had to change their schedules dramatically to accommodate the six hours of daily bus service. Others expressed dismay about poor and rude service, drivers who pass them by and buses that never show up, leaving them in the cold, dark, and rain. Many neighbors were hoping to hear of possible improvements to the anemic service on Vermont Route 1, but heard instead about slashed budgets and low ridership. Mr. Mills explained that even at its peak operational schedule, the #1 had very low ridership compared to busier lines in the area. This made it an obvious target when the economy turned south and payroll tax revenue dropped. How to get more bus time when the economy improves? Ride the bus! Each bus counts riders as they enter and exit. The more riders, the more resources for that route. Mills also responded to the frequently asked question, “Why doesn’t TriMet use smaller buses on smaller routes?” by explaining that all analysis shows that small buses do not save money since most of the cost is the driver. Another question, “Why all the emphasis on light rail?” was quickly answered. By far, light rail provides the lowest cost per ride method for getting people from one place to another. In addition, most light rail is funded by multiple tax sources, unlike buses that are completely dependent on local revenue. The group discussed possible alternative routes on SW Oleson to tie into the MAX lines at the Zoo, streamlining the existing service in Maplewood, and improving transfer opportunities to duplicative lines. Mills and Thompson reminded neighbors that the best way to provide feedback to TriMet is through the annual Transit Investment Plan (TIP) public input process in April and May and by subscribing to TriMet’s email alerts and subscriptions at