PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Janis Stange couldn’t understand why Portland city crews were working to put in speed bumps on her street in Northeast Portland.
Stange lives on NE 77th, where they didn’t want or request the speed bumps. “They’re unnecessary,” Stange said. “People don’t speed down this street.”
But one homeowner on NE 73rd said they wanted the speed bumps so badly they paid for part of the cost.Kathy Fuerstenau was one of those who paid “I think it was $250 per household” to get the speed bumps put in.
The speed bumps are part of a bigger neighborhood greenway project with speed bumps along NE 77th from Sacramento to Alberta, with plans for marked crosswalks at Fremont and Prescott.
The cost of the speed bumps is about $2200 each. PBOT spokesperson Diane Dulken said the speed bumps on the lower traffic streets are intended to give pedestrians and cyclists a more comfortable experience.
The reason the speed bumps are installed on the lower traffic streets, she said, is because “there are still people who are driving fast on the street.”
Overall, neighbors seem to be in favor of the speed bumps.
But some who live in the area wonder why anyone would bike down their block only to end up at a fenced-in field, forcing a rider to backtrack up another street or bike on Alberta — where there are no speed bumps or bike lanes.