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First look: New path north of Sellwood Bridge is open

by on July 7th, 2016 at 2:12 pm

A very nice new path segment along the west bank of the Willamette River is finally ready to ride.

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Further ‘clean up work’ will delay west-side Willamette River path opening

by on June 14th, 2016 at 5:09 pm

Patch connection (white) just north of the bridge.(Graphics: Multnomah County)

Patch connection (white) just north of the bridge.
(Graphics: Multnomah County)

The new path north of the west landing of the Sellwood Bridge opened briefly Tuesday morning, but then was re-closed and will remain closed for a matter of weeks.

Multnomah County spokesman Mike Pullen said in an email to BikePortland Tuesday afternoon that “some clean up work” is still needed after all, forcing the path to close:

I have some bad news. The westside regional trail between the Sellwood Bridge and SW Miles Place will not be opening for two to four weeks. … The trail did open this morning as scheduled. County staff found there is still some clean up work to be done on and near the trail that would not be safe to do with the public using the trail. Unfortunately, there are a number of subcontractors that need to be scheduled to do the work. So the public will be using the old detour route on the east side of Highway 43/Macadam for a few more weeks.

That’s all we know for now, except that the county’s new path still looks beautiful from a distance … and that ending Portland’s worst detour onto Macadam’s sidewalk can’t happen too soon.

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Here’s how Multnomah County promotes bicycling (video)

by on May 25th, 2016 at 1:56 pm

The vast majority of stories about road projects and transportation policies we publish here on BikePortland are about the City of Portland. The Oregon Department of Transportation is probably in second and Metro would be a close third. And then, way behind them all is Multnomah County. Because the County doesn’t control many newsmaking bikeways and they don’t hold as much sway over important transportation policies as PBOT, ODOT, or Metro, we can go months without even mentioning them.

But don’t forget about Multnomah County!
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Member sought for Multnomah County Bicycle and Pedestrian Citizen Advisory Committee

by on May 5th, 2016 at 1:43 pm

Get involved! Make a difference! Take everything you’ve learned here on BikePortland and put it to good use! (Then become a source for us by telling us what’s going on inside the committee.)

Member sought for Multnomah County Bicycle and Pedestrian Citizen Advisory Committee

Multnomah County is seeking to fill at least one vacancy on its Bicycle and Pedestrian Citizen Advisory Committee with new members who live, work or recreate in Multnomah County. Preference will be given for applicants who live in the east county cities of Fairview, Troutdale, or Wood Village, or in the rural unincorporated areas of Multnomah County. New members will serve a two-year term beginning July 1, 2016.

The committee advises the county on bicycle and pedestrian issues related to the county’s road system, which includes: (more…)

Multnomah County seeking rural or East County resident for Bicycle and Pedestrian Citizen Advisory Committee

by on April 28th, 2016 at 4:53 pm

The County’s biking and walking advisory committee meets monthly and offers feedback on projects and policies. Join them!

Multnomah County is seeking to fill at least one vacancy on its Bicycle and Pedestrian Citizen Advisory Committee with new members who live, work or recreate in Multnomah County. Preference will be given for applicants who live in east county or rural unincorporated areas. New members will serve a two-year term beginning July 1, 2016.

The committee advises the county on bicycle and pedestrian issues related to the county’s road system, which includes:
Major collector and arterial roads in the cities of Fairview, Troutdale, and Wood Village
Roads in unincorporated areas of Multnomah County including the West Hills, Sauvie Island, and areas east and west of the Sandy River
Five Willamette River bridges in the City of Portland (Broadway, Burnside, Hawthorne, Morrison and Sellwood)

Individuals who are interested in transportation issues affecting bicyclists, pedestrians and the disabled are encouraged to apply. The committee advises the county’s Transportation Division on matters that involve bicycle and pedestrian transportation, including project review and budget recommendations.

The committee meets on the second Wednesday of every month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., typically at the Multnomah Building at 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd. in Portland. Members are appointed by the Board of County Commissioners and serve a two-year term.

To apply, individuals need to fill out and submit an application form no later than Wednesday, May 18, 2016. Applications are available online at www.multco.us/bikeped. To request a hard copy of the application form or for more information, contact Kate McQuillan at 503-988-0204 or katherine.mcquillan@multco.us.

County’s new courthouse could bring a raised bike lane to SW Madison

by on April 19th, 2016 at 9:52 am

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View of the new courthouse looking eastbound from SW 1st Avenue. Madison is on the left.
(Image: Multnomah County)

Multnomah County is planning a new central courthouse to replace the 100-year-old building they currently use on SW 4th Avenue — and it could come with a raised bike lane.
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County’s new mobile app tells you if the bridge is up or down

by on March 10th, 2016 at 10:40 am

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Bridge Alerts app screenshots.

Multnomah County has just released a smartphone app that will tell you when and if one of their four downtown drawbridges is in action. Yes, for the first-time ever your phone can tell you how to avoid those dreaded delays that always seem to happen at the most inconvenient times.

Here’s more from the County:
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Why does Multnomah County allow auto parking on the Morrison Bridge bike path?

by on February 24th, 2016 at 11:28 am

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Not a parking spot. Or is it?
(Photo: Jason J.)

Have you ever noticed a car parked on the Morrison Bridge bicycling and walking path?

As one of Portland’s precious few pieces of physically protected, non-motorized travel space it sure seems like a bad place to park. It would be one thing if this was a rogue private citizen, but in this case the cars belong to Multnomah County employees.

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Advocate: County survey needs input from rural road users, not just residents

by on September 29th, 2015 at 4:25 pm

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Riding on the County-maintained Skyline Blvd.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Welcome to one of the first in our series of occasional “Advocate” posts. These are quick, simple opportunities to get involved in making the Portland area better for biking.

Multnomah County is updating its wide-reaching long-range plans in ways that matter deeply to residents of the relatively few urban streets owned by the county government.

The result is that people who live on those streets — notably for bike users, Northwest Skyline Boulevard and Corbett in the western Colombia Gorge — have weighed in about the importance of bike transportation to the county, but most residents of the county haven’t.

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Multnomah County seeking bike/walk advisory committee members

by on April 16th, 2015 at 4:36 pm

Check it out. Good opportunity to play a role in local bike policy/project/planning. Press release is below and you can find more info here.

Members sought for Multnomah County Bicycle and Pedestrian Citizen Advisory Committee

Multnomah County is seeking to fill three vacancies on its Bicycle and Pedestrian Citizen Advisory Committee with new members who live, work or recreate in Multnomah County. Preference will be given for applicants who live in east county or rural unincorporated areas. New members will serve a two-year term beginning July 1, 2015.

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