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Inspired by Sunday Parkways, Beaverton to get 'Sunday Trailways'

Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on June 6th, 2012 at 1:12 pm

A tour of the West Side-29
Event will encourage folks to get out and enjoy the Fanno Creek Trail.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland

The Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District (THPRD) has just announced its first ever "Sunday Trailways" event will be held on June 24th.

THPRD spokesman Bob Wayt says they've recognized the success of Portland's Sunday Parkways (which boasted a crowd of nearly 30,000 last month), and they wanted to give Beaverton-area residents something similar. Wayt calls Sunday Trailways an "active outdoor event with a twist."

The free event is scheduled to run from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm and will celebrate the Fanno Creek Trail (which we happened to write about earlier today). There will be activities for all ages at various points along the path, which runs 4 1/2 miles from the Garden Home Recreation Center to Greenway Park. Some of the scenic areas along the route are the Koll Wetlands, the Fanno Farmhouse and Vista Brook Park.

Lisa Novak, the Park District's superintendent of programs and special activities, says the event will meet many of their objectives: "It promotes awareness of our trails, it’s active, it’s community and family-oriented, it highlights our natural resources and it showcases a non-motorized alternative for city travelers."

Sunday Trailways will kick off with a grand opening ceremony to mark completion of a missing link on the Fanno Creek Trail (a half-mile segment extending from the intersection of Scholls Ferry Road and Allen Blvd to the end of 105th that was finished in January).

I've been hearing this was coming for a while now, and it's great to finally see it materialize. It's a good first step; but the true spirit of Sunday Parkways is that it uses major public roads. Even the City of Portland has had trouble using major thoroughfares for Sunday Parkways, so I'm not surprised the THPRD decided to start small by just using the trail. But hopefully future events will move this carfree event onto the roads where it belongs.

In a statement about the new event, THPRD said they encourage folks to, "Ditch the car for a day and celebrate nature with friends and family." Check out THPRD.org for more info.

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  • OregonBicyclist June 6, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Cool.

    It'd be nice to see the suburbs encourage more bicycling. Beaverton had a 3.1% bike mode share in 2010 compared to Portland's 6% and Gresham's 0.4%: https://public.sheet.zoho.com/public/bikeleague/2010-bike-commuters-all-places-1

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    • Gregg June 7, 2012 at 7:45 am

      I was suprised to see that there are 397 bicycle commuters in Lansing MI, until I saw that the margin of error is 505 people. Negative 108 sounds a little more accurate.

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  • Hoover P. June 6, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    This will no doubt be great fun, and THPRD certainly has a trail system to generally be proud of. But isn't the Sunday Parkways comparison a little awkward, understanding that Portland's event is, to a significant degree, about taking back the streets for a day?

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  • matt picio June 6, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Better walk it rather than ride it. Most of the Fanno Creek Trail is pretty narrow - if the event draws a significant number of people, it's going to be really hard to ride much of it safely in many sections.

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  • Joe June 6, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    BTW K'Tesh is cool dude doing good things towards human transport much like bikeportland :)

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    • K'Tesh June 6, 2012 at 5:06 pm

      Thanks. I was surprised to see myself up on the site today.

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  • Matthew June 6, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Ok where can I get that bike pin?

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    • K'Tesh June 6, 2012 at 5:06 pm

      I scored that one at the Bike Gallery

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  • Paul Hanrahan June 6, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    It's also on the same day as Sunday Parkways in N Po. The more bike events the merrier!

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  • Michelle June 6, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    What's the twist?

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    • peejay June 6, 2012 at 3:03 pm

      The twist is: they don't want to get in the way of the almighty car!

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  • Joe June 6, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    I was giving props but my comment is awaiting moderation.

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  • Joe June 6, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    I can't wait for the day we link all burbs with Portland. but we are getting
    close. Wilsonville to Beaverton. Some of thr roads in Oregon have car litter

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  • GlowBoy June 6, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    THPRD has a great -- and growing -- trail network. I rode the "missing link" segment of the Fanno Creek Trail (mentioned above) a few days ago, and it's really nice.

    And they've got plenty of plans for expansion. One example: last week THPRD held some public meetings about the new Westside Connector, which ultimately will link the existing trail network with Forest Park. Starting near Millikan Way, the route will follow the N-S powerline just west of Murray up to somewhere around Old Germantown Road, then head more easterly (not sure of the exact route of this segment) to get a reasonably gradual climb up the west hills to Skyline. This will be truly awesome when completed.

    As good as the THPRD system is, safe connections between the system and Portland are still VERY limited. As a regular Portland-to-Beaverton commuter I'm all too painfully aware of this.

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    • Kristen June 12, 2012 at 9:10 am

      Incorrect-- the Westside Connector will eventually connect the Tualatin River to Forest Park. And there's plans to continue the Westside Connector all the way to Wilsonville.

      Geez, people, it's like all the off-street trails end at the Beaverton-Tigard border. News flash, they don't.

      Tigard-Tualatin-Beaverton are connected in a lot of neat ways. You should go check it out.

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  • GlowBoy June 6, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Oh, and I'd second what matt picio said: if it's reasonably well-attended, plan on spending plenty of time walking. The FCT is quite a bit narrower than the typical Portland street in Sunday Parkways.

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  • Gregg June 7, 2012 at 7:48 am

    I wish that they did this in July or August. I'd like to visit the Beaverton, but I'm not about to leave Pedalpalooza to do it.

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  • dmc June 7, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Just rode the Fanno Creek Trail for my first time two weeks ago. Took Bonita Rd. to Iron Mountain BLVD. to Lake Oswego. The rest of the ride into Portland was unpleasant. An amazing experience overall. I wouldn't suggest taking Riverside Dr. Learned the hard way....

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  • scaryseth June 7, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Nice, will have to get out and check it out. Would probably start a ride down the Fanno Creek trail anyway ;)

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  • Joe Adamski June 7, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Owing to the narrow trails, I am guessing it will be more like a cattle call. Sorry to sound negative, but imagine all the folks attending the 1st Sunday Parkways all channeled onto a 5 mile Springwater.

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  • Adam Farwell June 11, 2012 at 8:24 am

    The trail might be narrow, but it still might work out pretty well. I think it's a good idea to try it out at least. A little caution and optimism go a long way.

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  • Kristen June 12, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Jonathan, your article is incorrect-- the Fanno Creek Trail runs from Garden Home all the way down past the Tigard Library and ends on SW Fanno Creek Dr down by Bonita.

    Let's not discount the rest of this fabulous trail just because Beaverton's event stops at the Beaverton-Tigard border.

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