For the final installment of this series, let’s take a look at manufactured right-turn conflicts in Portland, Oregon.
Two of the three general rules of safe movement are drive on the right and pass on the left. These simple rules are designed to, among other things, keep your attention directed forward into a right hand turn. It also means nothing is supposed to be on your right.
But in Portland they put bicyclists on your right. Take a look.
Here’s a green lane on a 1-way street. By law bicyclists must stay in their designated lanes and cars must stay out. So you get this right-hood conflict.
This is an interesting example. That’s a “protected” bicycle lane on the far right of the picture. The travel lane is on the far left. All that yellow paint in the middle is the barrier. So a right turn here requires an extra bit of neck stretching on the motorist’s part.
And one more example.
I don’t have much else to say except I believe such infrastructure is only possible when advocates, planners, and engineers are thinking far more about participation than traffic safety.