12/18/2014 3:37 PM
The Port of Portland recently completed an update to its PDX Bike and Pedestrian Master Plan. Planning for pedal and foot-powered transportation might initially seem like an odd fit for a facility that is primarily focused on flying travelers to far flung destinations. In a community that boasts about its bike lanes and neighborhood walk scores, it is all about providing good customer service and reflecting the needs of the large workforce that keeps PDX running on a daily basis.
The PDX Bike and Pedestrian Master Plan is not a regulatory requirement. Providing alternative transportation options to and from PDX helps the Port meet its sustainability and employee wellness goals in addition to meeting the needs of travelers and airport employees. The Port began planning to accomodate cyclists and pedestrians in the 1990s. By 2003, the Port became the first commercial airport in the nation to develop a comprehensive bike and pedestrian master plan.
In the last decade, implementation of that plan led to constructing a multi-use path directly to the PDX terminal building - another first for a commercial airport - and secure bike parking for airport employees and public bike parking for travelers and visitors. Beyond the terminal, an at-grade bike and pedestrian crossing of Airport Way at its intersection with NE 82nd Avenue, which is considered one of the most complex intersections in the state, provides a connection to the multi-use path from points south. It also allows pedestrians to access businesses on Frontage Road after taking TriMet MAX light rail to stops in nearby Cascade Station. Cyclists originating from points north along the Marine Drive Bike Path or crossing the Glenn Jackson Bridge benefit from a quicker option for accessing PDX by using a designated crossing constructed by the Port that connects directly to the multi-use path.
Currently, many of the public bike parking areas at PDX are frequently near or at capacity, even during cold and rainy winter months. The Port plans to replace the existing serpentine racks with staple racks to add parking capacity within the next year. The Port will explore additional signage and work to incorporate helpful information for pedestrians and cyclists as broader wayfinding technology advances at PDX. In the longer-term, the Port will seek to develop an outbound multi-use path in conjunction with future improvements to the PDX terminal and terminal exit roadway.
Multi-use to PDX terminal building
Crossing of Marine Drive to connect Marine Drive bike path to PDX
With many of the goals from the 2003 Master Plan achieved, the Port began updating the plan last year. After a thorough analysis and outreach to bike and pedestrian facility users and experts, the new plan includes recommendations to support and improve the airport’s cycling and walking populations as well as identifying challenging connections between PDX’s bike network and bike networks to the south. One of those challenging connections, the intersection of Columbia Boulevard and NE Alderwood Road, will soon be converted to a signalized crossing, improving safety for cyclists. The Port will contribute to funding a portion of the improvement thanks to a recent State Transportation Improvement Program award.
Bike parking near the TriMet MAX station at PDX
The updated Bike and Pedestrian Master Plan can be found on the Port’s public website and cyclists can find information on accessing PDX by bike there as well.
Does your airport have a 50-page bike plan? Bikeportland.org
Airport plots better ways to get to PDX - by bike Portland Tribune
1/31/2013 2:36 PM
We are quite proud of our bike facilities here at Portland International Airport, but who doesn't like a little validation? PDX was featured in a study completed through the University of California Transportation Center and the Safe Transportation Research & Education Center at the University of California, Berkeley that looked at obstacles and opportunities for airport operators to improve bike access. The report included case studies of seven airports, and recognized PDX as "exemplary" due to its bike and pedestrian master planning efforts, convenient access, facilities that support bike commuting and connections with transit, bike routes and multi-modal trails.
California bike blog, Cyclist Chic, offers a great overview of the study. See the Safe Transportation Research & Education Center's website for the full study and a poster with highlights from the study. The Port of Portland first developed a Bike and Pedestrian Master Plan in 2003 and an update to the plan will be completed this year.
6/22/2012 1:29 PM
Boasting numerous cycling events and a diehard bike culture, it’s not surprising that Portland is back on top as the nation’s best city for cycling. Whether you’re a frequent flyer or arriving in Portland for the first time, you may be surprised to learn that PDX offers some unique bike-friendly features, including our bike assembly station recently mentioned in a CNN article about outstanding airport amenities.
Last Friday, Port of Portland staff once again got to show off our bike facilities when our friends at PDX By Bike returned to host the Airport Ride as part of Pedalpalooza 2012. Participants took advantage of the beautiful weather to enjoy multi-use paths leading up to and around the airport and toured the amenities that welcome travelers. First-time visitors may want to check out PDX By Bike’s bike guides and zine for cyclists new to Portland. Regular travelers, flying to and from PDX, benefit from secure bike parking areas. If you missed the ride, you can learn more about the airport’s bike resources online.
Port of Portland Bike Resources
6/30/2011 8:46 PM
A picture is worth a thousand words, but well-written headlines that tell a great story are exceptional, too. The Jaunted travel blog praises the PDX bike assembly station in “Talk About an Airport That Knows Its Demographic.” Meanwhile, Writeabike.com has a super summary and series of photographs in “Ride to Fly in PDX,” which covers our recent bike ride to Portland International Airport as part of Pedalpalooza. The ride was organized by the enthusiastic proprietors of PDX By Bike, who even dressed up and cycled in airline attendant attire.
6/21/2011 4:35 PM
Great cycling-related news from Southwest Airlines and Alaska Airlines! Both carriers are getting into the Pedalpalooza spirit by waiving bike handling fees for passengers departing Portland International Airport. The fees will be waived through June 26, 2011. Going on a trip? Pack your bike and a big warm smile for Southwest’s and Alaska’s Portland staff.
In other cycling news, the Port will welcome PDX by Bike this Thursday, June 23, for a tour of cycling infrastructure at the airport. Don’t miss out! We’ll meet at Flying Pie Pizzeria at 11 a.m. for lunch and head north to the airport around noon. More details here.
Finally, visit the Port this weekend at the North Portland Sunday Parkways. We’ll be at McCoy Park with our bike bells on!
6/7/2011 9:49 AM
As part of Pedalpalooza 2011, the Port is partnering with talented bike touring leaders from PDX by Bike for a ride to Portland International Airport. We’ll stick to lower-traffic streets and multi-use paths to show you different options for riding your bike to the airport. We’ll also cruise around some of the airport’s cyclist-friendly amenities, like the bike assembly station and covered parking. And best yet: we’ll start the ride by meeting for a no-host lunch at Flying Pie Pizzeria.
Join us Thursday, June 23, at Flying Pie Pizzeria, 7804 SE Stark St., Portland. Meet at 11:00 a.m. for lunch, ride north to the airport at noon. Contact the Port or PDX by Bike for more details, or visit the PDX by Bike Facebook page!