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14 Clinton Street businesses celebrate bikeway birthday with discounts this week

Monday, May 18th, 2015

Neighborhood advocates have teamed up with local businesses to celebrate the huge role bikes play in Clinton Street’s commercial prosperity and the huge role small businesses play in making Clinton Street such a great destination.

The event happens as the City of Portland continues to express concern that businesses and residents would oppose adding one or more traffic diverters to Clinton Street to reduce cut-through car traffic and make the neighborhood greenway a bike route that people of all ages would feel comfortable using.

The organizations Safer Clinton and BikeLoudPDX have joined up to produce the event Bike to Shop Clinton, which kicked off yesterday and continues through Thursday night.

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Random acts of bikiness: Free balloons kick off Clinton Street celebration month (photos)

Monday, May 4th, 2015
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The Clinton Street Neighborhood Greenway, in some ways a national model for the neighborhood greenway concept, has been an official bike route since 1985.
(Photos: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

With shouts of “Happy Birthday, Clinton Street,” a group of grinning volunteers distributed about 225 balloons to passing pedalers Friday.

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Balloon ride this Friday will kick off a month-long celebration of Clinton Street

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015
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The ‘Safer Clinton’ initiative aims to celebrate Portland’s original bike street.

Like anybody who contributes a lot to their community, the Clinton Street Neighborhood Greenway has acquired a lot of friends in its first 30 years.

Starting this Friday, May 1, fans of Southeast Portland’s original bike arterial will be hosting a month of celebrations of the bikeway’s birthday. (more…)

Weak links: City finds traffic hot spots on neighborhood greenway system

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015
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The first numbers are rolling in from the first comprehensive analysis of the country’s first connected bicycle boulevard network, and they show some clear problem spots.

SE Clinton at 22nd.

The side-street bikeways are known in Portland as neighborhood greenways to capture their appeal as places to walk, jog, shoot hoops and so on. But the City of Portland’s project shows that six — inner SE Clinton, SE Lincoln near 53rd, NE Tillamook near Grant High School, SE 86th near Powell, inner Northwest Johnson and upper NW 24th — clearly fail national standards for auto counts on bike boulevards.

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As Clinton Street’s bikeway turns 30, locals plan a celebration

Monday, March 16th, 2015
Guerrilla diverters on SE Clinton-9
Major arterial.
(Photo: J.Maus/BikePortland)

Whether you see it as a battleground or a workable compromise or a national model, the Clinton Street bikeway is one thing for sure: beloved.

A group of Clinton Street fans are meeting at SE 30th and Division Saturday to plan a party this summer that will celebrate this iconic bike route and everything it’s brought to the mix of residential and commercial uses that have made Portland’s Hosford-Abernethy and Richmond neighborhoods what they are.

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Get involved: Write letters to city leaders about SE Clinton

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Below is info about an event being organized by Bike Loud PDX on Wednesday, 1/28:

We have reserved a meeting room at the Belmont Public Library, located at 1038 Southeast Cesar E Chavez Boulevard, Portland, OR on Wednesday, January 28th from 5:30-7:30pm.

Purpose of meeting: Gather to write individual letters to various members of the City expressing our opinions regarding SE Clinton.

This will be in the spirit of Ted’s postcard campaign. We will each hand write (or type on laptops) letters of 1-2 paragraphs or so. I’ll be bringing lined paper, pens, envelopes and stamps.

The first half of the meeting will be us writing letters. During the second half we can discuss new ideas and follow-up actions. One idea I have is to begin a petition in which we have the goal of reaching 1,000 paper signatures for a more livable Clinton Neighborhood Greenway.

Alex has advised that the bulk of our letters be written to:

Steve Novick
Leah Treat
Charlie Hales
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Comment of the Week: Lawsuits, the quiet pressure behind city decisions

Friday, December 19th, 2014
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Traffic on SE Clinton.
(Photo: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

As we wrote beneath the last Comment of the Week post, BikePortland has decided to be the only blog we’re aware of that pays for great comments. The person whose thoughts we select for this feature gets a crisp $5 bill in the mail, as a way for us to appreciate the site’s amazing discussion community. So watch your email — we might be in touch.

Street safety matters to cities. So does street comfort. But only one of those issues will land you in court.

That’s the insight shared this week by BikePortland reader paikiala, responding to the discussion on Wednesday’s post about a guerrilla traffic diverter installed on Clinton by anonymous activists.

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Guerrilla traffic diverters installed – then removed – on SE Clinton

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014
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Police observe while people ride down Clinton and City of Portland crews work to remove the unpermitted traffic diverters.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Guest Article: Four things BikeLoudPDX has learned in their campaign for SE Clinton

Monday, December 15th, 2014
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Alex Reed.
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)

Publisher’s note: We’ve been covering the work of local bike activist group BikeLoudPDX since their first meeting back in August. Since then they’ve been busy with their campaign to tame traffic on SE Clinton. The update below was written by their founder, Alex Reed. It follows a meeting the group had with top-level PBOT staff last week.

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Since August, BikeLoudPDX has been advocating for the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) to take action on SE Clinton Street. Clinton was one of the city’s first two “bike boulevards” and continues to be one of the busiest bike streets in Portland. However, as more people have moved to Portland, and especially as more buildings have been built on close-by SE Division Street, Clinton has felt less comfortable to bike on. The reason is simple: Too many people are driving on it.

In the meantime, PBOT has done nothing to deter people from using Clinton to get to or bypass the new destinations on Division.
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City staff will meet with activists about conditions on SE Clinton

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
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(Photo by P. Cone)

SE Clinton used to be one of Portland’s marquee streets for bicycling. As one of the original “bike boulevards” it has long been a popular bicycling route that connects inner southeast neighborhoods with downtown and points beyond.

Unfortunately, Clinton has recently become a bikeway in name only. For the last year or so, as development on nearby Division Street has led to increased auto congestion, a steady stream of drivers have begun using Clinton as a cut-through. All these extra drivers have had a very negative impact on cycling conditions.

That reality, combined with efforts from grassroots activism group Bike Loud PDX, has led top brass from the City’s Bureau of Transportation to take notice. On Thursday, a group of concerned citizens will meet with PBOT staff in the Portland Building to talk about existing conditions and how to improve them. (more…)

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