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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…)

First look: Sharrows installed on historic Oregon City/West Linn Arch Bridge

Thursday, October 11th, 2012
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Freshly laid sharrow on the (still closed for repairs) Oregon City/West Linn Arch Bridge.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Consultant: Sharrows on the Oregon City Arch Bridge likely (with public push)

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012
New sharrows on Main Street in Oregon City.
Will they put these on the Arch Bridge too?
(Photos: Don Arambula)

According to a source close to the project, the Oregon Department of Transportation and the cities of West Linn and Oregon City are strongly considering installing sharrow markings on the historic Arch Bridge when it re-opens next month after a multi-million rehabilitation project.

Back in August, we wondered whether the time was right for ODOT to add sharrows to the bridge’s main roadway. After all, we thought, ODOT installed sharrows on the St. Johns Bridge back in May following a similar rehab project. And like the St. Johns, the Arch Bridge has sub-standard sidewalks that do not adequately serve bicycle traffic. With people all but forced onto the main bridge roadway, having a large bicycle symbol in the center of the lane would be a small, yet helpful, bike safety improvement. (more…)

Should ODOT install sharrows on the Oregon City bridge?

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012
After requests by citizens, ODOT says they’re considering the possibility of sharrows on the Oregon City/West Linn Arch Bridge.

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New bike shop coming to Oregon City

Monday, July 16th, 2012

A new bicycle dealership is set to open in downtown Oregon City (13 miles south of Portland) this weekend. First City Cycles will have a soft opening this Saturday and a grand opening is planned for mid-August.

The shop will be located at 916 Main Street (the corner of 10th and Main) just a few blocks north of the eastern entrance to the Oregon City bridge. Store owner Blane Meier, says the shop will be a full-service dealer with bikes from Specialized, accessories, apparel, parts and service. Meier also says he’s lined up an impressive team for a new shop with seven employees set to serve the community.

At the store’s soft opening on July 21st, the first 100 customers will receive a 5% discount on all parts, repairs, and accessories. Through the end of August, the store is also doing $50 tune-ups (that’s $25 off the regular price). (more…)

Proposed development near Oregon City could impact popular bike route

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010
Residents have vocally opposed
the project with signs like these.
(Photo: ProtectRedland.com)

A scenic road and popular bike route between Oregon City and the Clackamas River could be severely impacted if a proposed, 139 acre development moves forward. Clackamas Compost Products, LLC filed a permit in August with Clackamas County in hopes of building a yard debris composting and biomass energy facility on Redland Road (about 10 miles southeast of Oregon City, map here).

The proposed development has raised quite a bit of ire from surrounding residents, who fear the industrial facility will ruin the bucolic setting of surrounding farmland and pastures. A traffic study carried out by the company themselves says the facility will add an additional 100 heavy truck trips to the road. (more…)

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