“destination biking” east of Gresham.
Back in July, we wrote that a big recreational biking upgrade is in the works for east Multnomah County. A pair of public “studio workshops” next month will shape its direction.
People at the free workshops — a seven-hour one Nov. 13 at Troutale’s Edgefield McMenamin’s and a four-hour one Nov. 14 at the Corbett Fire House — will get to “identify assets, opportunities, and barriers to increasing bicycle tourism” in the region.
With a Travel Oregon study estimating that 15 percent of tourism in the Gorge/Mount Hood area is already bike-related, the area’s business leaders see big potential for improving things further.
destination built specifically for mountain biking.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)
Nobody in Oregon gets more of its tourist dollar from bikes than the Mount Hood region, and people in eastern Multnomah and Clackamas counties are taking notice.
Portland resident Shyla Osborn, 45, says she was assaulted on March 12th while biking on the Gresham-Fairview Trail. According to Osborn, the incident occurred on the path between SE Stark and Glisan near 201st Ave.
Here’s how it went down according to Osborn:
“… I was assaulted by two teenage girls on the Gresham-Fairview trail in the Rockwood neighborhood, on the segment between Stark and Glisan. As I rode northward, they were strolling casually towards me, one on the left and one on the right edge of the trail (unremarkable on such a lovely sunny day); as I came closer and was about to pedal between them, I noticed that one of them was carrying a large tree branch. At this point, it was too late to turn back and get away: the girl on my left lunged in to corral me while her companion on my right swung the branch at my head like she was going for the bleachers. The blow cracked my boyfriend’s $70 helmet; another blow came down on my right shoulder. As soon as they hit their target, they ran off giggling and escaped over the chain-link fence of the one of the houses whose backyard faces the trail. They left me with a pretty nasty bump on my head and a bruised shoulder.”
(Photo: City of Gresham)
U.S. Congressman Earl Blumenauer will be on hand this Thursday when the City of Gresham officially opens the newest section of the Gresham-Fairview Trail.
Blumenauer will join a Gresham City Councilor and a Metro Councilor at SE Powell and SW 10th, where a newly finished, 177-foot bridge takes bicycling and walking traffic up and over Powell. The bridge is the first of its kind in Gresham and it creates a crucial connection for the Gresham Fairview Trail. (more…)
Gresham could be moving forward on
a new BMX track.
(Photo: David Hucke)
Two big bits of news for local BMX riders…
This Thursday (12/9) the City of Gresham Parks Committee will hear a presentation by residents who are working to build a new BMX/pump track at the Gradin Community Sports Park. The 32 acre site just west of Highway 26 and north of the Springwater Corridor Trail at SE Hogan Ave, has been slated for a host of improvements. 51-year old Gresham resident David Hucke is spearheading an effort to build a BMX track at the location. He’s has already gotten the ear of the Mayor of Gresham, volunteers, and even corporate sponsors to help with the project.
Fresh of their Bronze award from the League of American Bicyclists, Gresham (our neighbor to the east) is charging ahead with their bike plans. Thanks to a tip from reader Adam Osborn, we’ve learned about the new, bicycle-only travel lane being installed on SE Division.
Similar to what Portland did on SE Holgate, a 1.5 mile stretch of Division from SE 175th Place (Gresham’s western border) to just west of NW Birdsdale Ave will soon have six-foot wide, curbside travel lanes for bicycles with a one and a half foot buffer from the adjacent travel lanes. To make room for this change, the City of Gresham removed on-street parking for the entire stretch. (more…)
The City of Gresham (our neighbor about 13 miles east of downtown Portland) has officially made it onto the bike-friendly map. On Wednesday, the League of American Bicyclists awarded Gresham a Bronze level Bicycle Friendly Community designation.
Kevin Belanger, who works in Gresham’s Transportation Planning department, says they’re proud of the distinction and that “We’ll be using it to push ourselves even further.”
Last month we shared the news that the City of Gresham had decided to close the Springwater Corridor Trail at night. They said they were doing it “for everyone’s safety” and to bring the trail in line with their other park facilities.
Opposition to the idea came as soon as it was announced. The concern was raised because for thousands of bike commuters every day, the Springwater is much more than a park, it’s a key transportation corridor.
According to official counts of daily bike traffic on the trail by the City of Portland in 2007, an estimated 2,500 people on bikes use the trail each day (that’s based on a count done at the Oaks Bottom area during peak commuting hours and extrapolated over a 24-hour period. The same count found 1,800 daily riders pass by the trail at SE Spokane.). (more…)
meeting last night to announce the
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At last night’s Multnomah County Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee meeting, BikePortland.org correspondent Matt Picio was surprised to hear about a decision to close the Springwater Corridor Trail at night.
According to Picio, the issue came up at the end of the meeting under an agenda item titled, “Springwater Trail and the City of Gresham – Discuss (5 minutes)”. When the item came up, Multnomah County bike and pedestrian coordinator (and staff liaison to the committee) Jennifer Dederich, passed out a flyer (PDF here) that outlined the new policy. (more…)