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Clackamas County wants Metro to fight climate change by widening roads

Thursday, October 30th, 2014
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Climate change in action — or inaction, depending on your point-of-view.
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)

This morning, Clackamas County’s commissioners are considering whether to urge the Portland region to attempt to fight climate change by adding more lanes to its freeways. (more…)

Sandy Ridge trail users report confrontations with mace-toting couple – UPDATED

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014
Sandy Ridge sign
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)

Users of the popular Sandy Ridge MTB Trail System are speaking out about an unidentified couple they say has repeatedly threatened and assaulted people during and after their bike rides.

According to allegations, an “older couple” has hiked up the mountain bike trails from the parking lot and “accosted” riders.

Members of the Sandy Ridge Trailhead Mountain Bikers Facebook group have been discussing the incidents since last month. One member of the group, Brian F., described an incident he claims took place on February 26th: (more…)

Clackamas County wants your input on biking and walking connections

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014
A map of possible routes along the Clackamas River.
“Principal” proposed routes are in red and “alternative”
routes in green. See below for more maps.

A two-week virtual open house launched Monday to give people who bike and walk in Clackamas County a chance to share their expertise and opinions on the best routes for the county to improve.

It’s part of the county’s year-long Active Transportation Plan, an effort to improve healthy mobility, access, safety, and tourism in the county on the south side of the metro area.

For the new virtual open house, much of the focus is on a series of possible walking and biking routes that have been selected from many submitted earlier in the process.

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Mount Hood leaders map their course to become a bike-recreation Mecca

Saturday, January 25th, 2014
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The Sandy Ridge MTB Trail System is one of the Mount Hood area’s many bright spots.
(Photo: J.Maus/BikePortland)

WELCHES – The slopes south and west of Mount Hood could become Oregon’s next great bike tourism destination, Clackamas County leaders said Saturday at a half-day conference here in the old volcano’s foothills.

“We are tourism-driven,” said George Wilson, a director of the Villages at Mount Hood and the organizer of the event. “It’s our only industry.”

It’s also an industry that currently booms each summer and winter and slackens during the “shoulder seasons,” as fall and spring are sometimes called in the Mount Hood area.

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Bike projects win big with Clackamas County tourism grants

Friday, December 20th, 2013
Biking on and around Mt. Hood will get even better.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

The Clackamas County Tourism & Cultural Affairs office has announced 10 projects that will split $200,000 in grant funding and seven of the projects support bicycle-related tourism. This news will surely continue the strong momentum for bike tourism in “Mt. Hood Territory” that we reported on back in July.

These tourism development grants are funded through Clackamas County’s 6% lodging tax which was passed by voters in 1992. It applies to all lodging receipts over $15 per day from county hotels, campgrounds, events, vacation home rentals, and other types of lodgings.
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Springwater now paved — and open — from Portland to Boring

Thursday, December 5th, 2013
Newly paved, now open.
(Photo: Clackamas County)

As promised last month, Clackamas County has just announced that paving is complete on the final segment of the Springwater Corridor Trail from Rugg Road to Boring Station Trailhead Park. This 2.25 mile section now means the popular paved path extends 21 miles from downtown Portland to Boring.

The new section is 10-feet wide with 2-4 feet of compacted gravel shoulders (for people on horses). The County has also added a new bridge deck and railings and improved intersection treatments and signage at street crossings. Funding for the $1.9 million project came from a $1.2 million federal Transportation Enhancement grant and addition funds from Metro’s 2006 Natural Areas Bond Measure and Clackamas County Parks. (more…)

Volunteers needed for Clackamas County Ped/Bikeway Advisory Committee

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

If you live in Clackamas County, there are lots of spots open on their Pedestrian/Bikeway Advisory Committee… See the official notice below:

Three-year volunteers needed for Clackamas County Pedestrian/Bikeway Advisory Committee
What’s on your mind?

Clackamas County is seeking up to seven volunteers to serve for three-year terms on the Pedestrian/Bikeway Advisory Committee. The committee advises the county on policies, regulation and ordinances that affect pedestrian and bicycle facilities in Clackamas County.

The committee’s mission is to promote and encourage safe bicycling and walking as a significant means of transportation in Clackamas County. Its goals include:
• the development of a coordinated system of safe and convenient bikeways and walkways,
• financing options for bicycle and pedestrian projects, and
• increased public awareness of bicycle and pedestrian issues.

The committee’s accomplishments include developing the Clackamas County Bike It! map, a recently-implemented Bike Sign Plan for urban Clackamas County and a Bike Sign Plan for a portion of the rural county that is expected to be implemented by the end of 2013.

The Pedestrian/Bikeway Advisory Committee meets on the first Tuesday of every other month from 6:15 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Development Services Building in Oregon City.

Individuals interested in serving on this committee are asked to complete an application form and submit it no later than Thursday, Aug. 22. Applications may be completed and submitted online through the county’s website athttp://www.clackamas.us/miscapp/application.jsp or by contacting Clackamas County Public and Government Affairs at 503-742-4353.

Additional information about on the Pedestrian/Bikeway Advisory Committee can be found athttp://www.clackamas.us/engineering/pbac.html.

For more information: Lori Mastrantonio-Meuser, 503-742-4511, or Scott Hoelscher, 503-742-4524.

Why bicycling isn’t allowed on a new off-street path in Clackamas County

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

The newly completed Rosemont Trail, a paved path that connects downtown Lake Oswego to West Linn in Clackamas County, should be cause for celebration — except for that fact that bicycling is banned on about half of its entire length.

After The Oregonian covered this story yesterday, we got several emails from readers who were disturbed by this lack of bicycle access. The ban is especially unfortunate given that the adjacent Rosemont Road is a narrow, high-speed thoroughfare without wide shoulders for bicycling on. According to The Oregonian, many people expected the path to allow bicycling, and there is considerable consternation now that it doesn’t. Hoping to better understand the background and context of this project, we reached out to Clackamas County and the group who paid for and created the trail, The Columbia Land Trust. (more…)

BTA: Time is now to support key projects in Clackamas County

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Clackamas County is updating their Transportation System Plan (TSP) and the time is now to make sure key projects make it into the final version. Getting the right, bike-friendly projects into the TSP is crucial because the plan is the county’s guiding document for investment and planning for the next 20 years. The Bicycle Transportation Alliance is monitoring this TSP update because there are several projects — including the Monroe Neighborhood Greenway that was one of 16 projects in their recent “Blueprint” — that could have a vast impact on bike access in the coming years.

BTA advocate Carl Larson singled out four projects that need support in the Clackamas County TSP update. Check them out below and weigh in via the online “Virtual Workshop” (descriptions below taken from BTA blog post): (more…)

Oregon City votes to build bike tourism ‘epicenter’ in Amtrak station

Friday, January 18th, 2013
Adam from First City Cycles
First City Cycles employee Adam Beykovsky
is helping promote bike tourism in Oregon City.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Clackamas County is once again placing its bets on bicycle tourism as a way to bolster local industry and economic vitality. As The Oregonian reports, the Urban Renewal Commission in Oregon City voted Wednesday to support a proposal by a local bike shop owner to develop a bike tourism hub inside a vacant Amtrak station.

The idea for the “First City Central Marketplace & Bistro” was conceived by Blaine Meier, owner of First City Cycles. Meier’s shop opened in July of last year and he wasted no time in getting the idea off the ground. In September Meier told the Clackamas Review newspaper, “I’m excited about the opportunity, and I think it’ll be a great way to promote Oregon City tourism.” (more…)

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