'Save Bike Lane' rally held in snowstorm on SE Powell
While drivers along S.E. Powell Boulevard were straining just to see the roadway through falling snow on Tuesday, February 20, people associated with "The Street Trust" (TST) – formerly known as the Bicycle Transportation Alliance – were at the corner of S.E. 26th Avenue, holding signs and trying to get the attention of passers-by.
"We're here because a plan has been approved by the City of Portland to completely remove the bike lanes, both north and south of Powell Boulevard, along 26th Avenue, including right here, in front of Cleveland High School," explained TST Policy Director Gerik Kransky.
"The Oregon Department of Transportation said the bike lane had to be removed, the city agreed, and we think these bike lanes should remain," Kransky said, as large snowflakes drifted down.
In February, Kransky remarked, TST launched a petition to prevent the removal of the bike lanes, and – as of that date – about 1,000 supporters had signed on.
"We're doing our best to point out that the bike lanes have a critical role in making the intersection safer for bicyclists, pedestrians, students, and motorists," Kransky told THE BEE.
If you are interested in signing the petition, It's online –www.tfaforms.com/4658602
Or, to learn more about The Street Trust: www.thestreettrust.org