Bicycle boulevards save lives. Bioswales protect our environment. Both make Portland’s neighborhoods safer, cleaner and greener. And today, the Portland City Council will vote on making smart investments in both.
In 2007, I shepherded passage through Portland City Council of the nationally recognized Green Streets Plan. Green streets reduce the amount of rain that goes into Portland’s sewer and stormwater treatment system. They involve planted bioswales that are built on neighborhood streets where they slow or divert traffic. The upshot: Green streets manage stormwater runoff, reducing the need for expensive sewer expansions.
They help prevent sewer backups. And they provide the infrastructure needed to calm traffic on quiet streets that serve as low-stress bicycle boulevards…
by Mayor Sam Adams. oregonlive 17.03.13.