In October, Portland distributed an internal memo that all new bike lanes in Portland experiencing an average of 3,000 vehicles or more per day must be protected.

While bicycle lanes in general have caught on in most major metros around the world to encourage pedestrian traffic, Portland is the first city in the U.S. to adopt a policy of protected bike lanes. In the press release Portrland transportation director Leah Treat stated protected bike lanes are a key element of Vizion Zero, a strategy adopted in several global cities to reduce transportation deaths to zero.

The policy affects both new construction and retrofit plans, and includes a clause for designers or engineers to make a case against specific implementations of protected bike lanes.

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