One of the perks that comes with publishing this blog is the opportunity to sit on the panel reviewing student presentations for the PSU/PDOT Traffic and Transportation class. I can’t emphasize enough what a great program this – many neighborhood and transportation activists have graduated from this class.
This year, we are delighted to have four presentations from the class to present here:
- Shawn Furst and Lillian Karabaic are looking to make the NE Broadway bikeway at Williams safer (PDF, 2MB). The current configuration is the least worst of a bunch of bad choices, with bikes in the middle between two lanes turning onto the freeway. The presenters are working with PDOT on new out-of-the-box solutions and this has a high priority within PDOT.
- Matthew Hickey wants to make the crazy intersection at NE 72nd/Sandy/Fremont safer for pedestrians and more inviting for the local business district (PDF, 714K).
- Margaux Mennesson believes that a completely unorganized pedestrian crossing (PDF, 969K) on NE 28th may be the missing link in what could otherwise be a great pedestrian corridor.
- Tom Ricciardi wants to calm traffic on his local service street [NE 37th] (PDF, 1M) but is stymied by state law that says 25mph is appropriate on local streets (safety studies and practice in European countries would suggest 15mph is a lot more rational).
Good work all around!