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ODOT recommending paving highly traveled bike corridor due to safety concerns

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After a couple of high profile crashes involving bicycles last year, ODOT is recommending a highly traveled and popular bike corridor be paved over.

On any given evening, a steady stream of bicycles can be seen on SE 26th Avenue, crossing or waiting to cross a busy Powell Blvd intersection.

"This is the busiest intersection. I cross over at Clinton too, but I've never felt in danger. I always feel like cars are looking out for me," said Hailey Houston.

This past May, 22-year-old Alistair Corkett lost his leg after a pickup turned into him as he was crossing Powell from southbound 26th. 

ODOT has recommended the city of Portland pave over the existing bike lanes on 26th Ave once a new traffic signal is installed on SE 28th.

"I feel like if they remove infrastructure here, they're never going to replace it. But at the same time, I feel like this is one of the most dangerous routes with how narrow the bike lane is, with the traffic, with the school," said bicycle commuter, Joe Ledgerwood.

Some cyclists like the clearly-marked bike lanes that separate them from traffic, and don't know if using SE 28th would be as efficient, or even any safer.

The city said nothing is set in stone, and that it will consider paving over the lanes on 26th Ave. only if the bike corridor sees a big drop-off in bike traffic.

The city also said it won't make any decision on the bike lanes for at least a year after the traffic light is installed on SE 28th.

PBOT planners are not sure a majority of cyclists will shift over to SE 28th, so they'll be collecting traffic data over the next year.

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