ODOT's first-ever 'bicycle warning beacons' start flashing next week | BikePortland

The wraps come off next week.
(Photo by Team Lazy Tarantulas)
Looking to improve the quality of bicycle access on a controversial and deadly stretch of SW Barbur Boulevard, the Oregon Department of Transportation will turn on four new "bicycle warning beacons" next week (they were first proposed last spring). ODOT says the new flashing signs will be the first of their type ever used in Oregon.

The signs will be placed at each end of the Newbury Street and Vermont Street bridges and will activate automatically as people on bicycles roll past sensors embedded in the pavement. ODOT is pouring $5 million into rehabilitating these two bridges and these bicycle signs are the result of public input on that project. ODOT's Public Information Officer Don Hamilton says the four signs cost the agency $180,000.