Metro releases plan for $50 million Hillsboro-to-Banks biking and walking path

by on October 22nd, 2015 at 9:20 am

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Red: short-term. Green: mid-term.
Blue: long-term.
(Image: Metro)

An arrow-straight railside trail between Hillsboro and Forest Grove would be one of the first phases of a planned bikeway through the heart of Washington County.

The Council Creek Regional Trail is a vision for a mostly off-road connection between Hillsboro, Forest Grove and Banks — which will also connect the westernmost stop in the MAX system with some of Oregon’s best rural bike routes, including the beloved Banks-Vernonia Trail and a possible future connection to the Pacific Coast.

When we last checked in on the planning process, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance was urging planners to choose the shorter, straighter “Rail 1” route between Hillsboro and Banks rather than a winding creekside alternative to the north.

According to the master plan published last month, the straight railside route was chosen, meaning that this is also likely to become, someday, a popular transportation connection west of Hillsboro.


Federal trial lined up for police who Tasered Hillsboro man after bike infraction

by on October 14th, 2015 at 10:39 am

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A Hillsboro police photo from the aftermath.

Two police officers and the City of Hillsboro are on course to defend themselves in a jury trial over their choice to Taser a man who they’d stopped for biking illegally beside Tualatin Valley Highway.

The man who was tackled and Tasered in the 2012 incident, Jermaine Robinson, had been riding after dark without a front light on his bike, and the officer who stopped him says Robinson had been crossing the Southeast 13th Avenue crosswalk against a “don’t walk” light.

After the officer, William Blood, pulled his car over to confront Robinson, Robinson refused to give his name and (according to Blood, but not Robinson) seemed to be preparing to pedal away. Blood’s colleague Brian Wilber then shot him with a Taser twice.


15 years later, woman reunites with her first wheels thanks to Hillsboro student bike club

by on June 9th, 2015 at 9:16 am

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Left, Layton Fishback’s old bike; right, Fishback, her
daughter Jubilee and Sean Hagebusch of the
Poynter bike club.
(Photos via Hillsboro School District)

A Hillsboro woman will get a chance to pass her childhood bicycle on to her daughter after a chance reunion made possible by Poynter Middle School’s bike club.

Hillsboro School District posted the one-chance-in-10,000 story on its website Monday.

It begins from the perspective of John Sarrazin, an adult leader in the Poynter Middle School after-school bike repair program, who was promoting the program at the Proud to be HSD Festival in downtown Hillsboro on May 30:


Hillsboro police Tasered and tackled man who biked through stoplight, records show

by on April 8th, 2015 at 9:22 am

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This is the Tualatin Valley Highway intersection where Jermaine Robinson biked, from right to left, immediately before a police stop that rapidly escalated into a Tasering and takedown.
(Image: Google Street View)

The City of Hillsboro and two of its police officers may head to trial this fall over a largely unreported 2012 incident in which the officers Tasered a 39-year-old Hillsboro man and kneed him into the ground after he allegedly rolled through a “don’t walk” light on his bike and then refused to give his name.

The interaction escalated over the course of three minutes from an evening traffic stop to a Taser-assisted takedown of a man who by all accounts had never attempted to physically harm the officers, though he did pull away from them when they tried to restrain and tackle him without warning.


Hillsboro’s “mobility hubs” idea a finalist in million-dollar Bloomberg competition

by on November 5th, 2012 at 4:22 pm

City of Hillsboro Sustainability Manager Peter
Brandom in a video about the idea.
(Watch it below)

The City of Hillsboro has been selected as one of 20 finalists (out of 300) for the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayor’s Challenge competition. If selected the City could receive either $1 million or a grand prize of $5 million dollars to implement their their idea of creating “mobility hubs” throughout Hillsboro that would “reduce the need to travel alone in a car.”

Below is an excerpt from the contest webpage that describes Hillsboro’s idea: (more…)

Hillsboro school custodian starts student bike repair program

by on November 10th, 2011 at 8:25 am

Still from KATU News video (watch their story here).

A reader brought to our attention a great story about the power of bicycles and how one person can make a difference.

The head custodian at Poynter Middle School in Hillsboro, John Sarrazin, has turned a chance encounter with a student who needed help fixing his bike into a full-fledged afterschool program. Here’s how a teacher at the school described to us how it all came about: (more…)

Event: Tour de Cure (7/30/11)

by on June 7th, 2011 at 9:32 am

Event Name: Tour de Cure
Event Start Date: 30 July 2011
Start Time: 6:30:00 AM
Web Site: http://www.diabetes.org/portlandtourdecure

Tour de Cure is the cycling event of the American Diabetes Association and takes place in 83 cities across the nation. The Oregon/SW Washington event starts and finishes in Hillsboro Stadium with routes of 10, 27, 43, 65 and a Century. Finish line activities include burgers prepared by Helvetia Tavern, a beer garden and live music by The Strange Tones.

Event: 4th Annual Hillsboro Tour de Parks (7/23/11)

by on June 6th, 2011 at 10:43 am

Event Name: 4th Annual Hillsboro Tour de Parks
Event Start Date: 23 July 2011
Start Time: 1:00:00 PM
Web Site: http://tourdeparks.com
Event Description: Tour some of Hillsboro’s parks on your bike. Bring the whole family for an enjoyable, relaxing ride. We will explore some treasured gems of Hillsboro’s city park system while learning basic bicycle road skills.

In partnership with Celebrate Hillsboro!, the 2, 6 and 10 park rides start at 1 PM and are free* (donations gladly accepted).

Le Grande Tour (Linking 7 Parks in 7 Cities) is a metric century ride and starts at 8 AM (cut off time is 3 PM) registration is $25.

T-shirts are available for $10 on a pre-order basis only so get your today!

Metro gets funding to do Latino-focused bike/walk map project

by on January 12th, 2011 at 2:00 pm

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Biking in downtown Hillsboro.
(Photo © J. Maus

Metro has been awarded a $75,000 grant from health care company Kaiser Permanente for a biking and walking map project in Cornelius, Forest Grove and Hillsboro.

The goal of the project, which Metro staffer Katie Edlin says is currently called, “Vámanos! Let’s explore Cornelius, Forest Grove and Hillsboro by bike and foot,” is to promote existing biking and walking routes to those communities. The project would also have a specific focus on connecting with Latino families.

Hillsboro gets ODOT grant to improve Rock Creek Trail

by on November 24th, 2010 at 1:44 pm

This image shows the existing gap in the Rock Creek Trail (green) where it intersects with Evergreen Parkway.