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Bike Riders to Enjoy Safer, More Comfortable Routes in Hillsboro's Future
Safer Bike Routes a Priority in Hillsboro's Plan for Transportation
Bicycle riders want to know that the City's transportation system prioritizes their safety.
During the first phase of outreach for the Transportation System Plan (TSP) Update this spring, the top concern people raised in their bicycle-related comments was access to comfortable, hazard-free routes.
Most people prefer to ride on quiet, low-speed, low-traffic streets or on facilities separated from vehicle traffic, such as an off-street path.
Taking action to improve bicyclists' safety, comfort
In the past five years, about 180 cyclists have been seriously injured or killed on roads in and around Hillsboro. The City has responded — first, by adopting the Transportation Safety Action Plan in 2017, which aims for zero serious traffic-related injuries by 2035. And in 2019, one of the City Council's priorities is to advance safety for all modes of transportation.
Creating a comfortable and connected bicycle network is an important way to provide equitable transportation access to people of all ages and abilities. Children, women, people with disabilities, people of color, or people with low incomes may rely on bicycling and have a greater need for facilities that offer a safer, less stressful riding experience.
Opportunities for route improvements identified
The bicycle portion of the proposed TSP Update includes improvements to build or enhance bicycle facilities to create buffered or separated bikeways — including new buffered bike lanes on 24th Avenue, upgraded buffered bike lanes on Main Street (between 7th Avenue and Brookwood Parkway), and new cycle tracks on 15th Avenue and Rood Bridge Road.
The Plan also identifies opportunities to promote existing quiet, low-speed streets for preferred cycling routes, such as 7th Avenue, through shared-space markings and wayfinding signs.
To learn more and share your thoughts about these improvements and others proposed in the Transportation System Plan update, visit Hillsboro-Oregon.gov/TSP.