'20 is Plenty': Illegal speed signs go up in SE Portland

The bike advocacy group PDX Transformation put up these signs, but the city says they're illegal. (KATU Photo)

Signs are popping up in one Southeast neighborhood, saying the speed limit is 20 mph, when it's actually 25 mph.

"Somebody put up a fake sign," said Scott Sanford, as he walked home on Clinton Street. "There's probably a rule against putting up your own speed limit sign."

The Portland Bureau of Transportation says it doesn't condone the signs. PBOT says it plans to have maintenance workers take them down, but it's not an immediate priority.

"We're not going to be playing whack-a-mole,' said PBOT spokesperson Dylan Rivera.

The street signs are part of a continued effort by the bike advocacy group PDX Transformation.

"We can only do so much. We don't have unlimited funds," PDX Transformation said. "We're just proving it doesn't take much to do something significantly. The whole environment of that area completely changed."

The signs were donated by someone who works for a sign-making company. About half have been deployed so far, and the group plans on putting more out wherever they see the need.

"I know that these things are not permanent, I know that they get destroyed easily, but I hope that PBOT, ODOT, sees what's going on," the group's spokesperson, who wished to remain anonymous, said.

Within days the group was able to raise $1,000 to pay for more cones to put on bike lanes they think need a buffer.

"That was amazing, that was absolutely amazing and it just goes to show that our message is resonating," PDX Transformation said.

The cones were put down in several spots where the paint marking the bike lane had worn off, showing car tires were intruding in the bicycle's designated space.

"I'm not anti-car, I'm trying to make all these different modes interact safely," PDX Transformation's spokesperson said. "Unfortunately, cars are the ones that are hurting people."

Cyclists on Southeast Clinton say they appreciate any effort that makes their ride safer.

"Technically that's illegal but it's community activism if you will," Mary Klune said.

"It's one of those by any means necessary, right?" said Jeffrey Allen.

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