ODOT works to keep bicyclists safe in work zones - KPTV - FOX 12

ODOT works to keep bicyclists safe in work zones

Posted: Updated: May 18, 2016 11:04 PM
Plastic barrier that will be placed between bikers and construction zones (KPTV) Plastic barrier that will be placed between bikers and construction zones (KPTV)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

With summer just around the corner, Portlanders will be seeing more and more construction. The Oregon Department of Transportation wants everyone, including bicyclists, to stay safe.

ODOT has seen a lot of problems in the past, including bikers riding in the wrong lanes.

Bikers have many obstacles to navigate around in construction zones like traffic cones, construction workers, and oncoming traffic.

ODOT said a work zone crash happens about once every 19 hours in Oregon.

Now, ODOT designed the "Bicycle Channelizing Device". It places a plastic barrier between bikes and the work zones, protecting them from things like construction equipment, loose gravel, and cars.

"We're starting to see, or we have seen, over the past bicyclists riding in the work area itself and due to liability reasons and concerns over public safety we thought, let's send a clearer message to the bicycling community that we want you here rather than in the work area," said Scott McCanna a State Work Zone Engineer with ODOT.

As for pedestrians, ODOT first introduced the "Pedestrian Channelizing Device" a few years ago. It gives people a stable, ADA/pedestrian-specific ramp and barrier to separate them from everything else.

ODOT said Portlanders will be seeing some of the new equipment in Portland as soon as this summer.

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