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Blumenauer will ride to celebrate new path along Marine Drive

Thursday, April 17th, 2014
Section of new path in Blue Lake Park adjacent to Marine Drive.
(Photo J. Maus/BikePortland)

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'Sneckdown' at Broadway and Burnside reveals potential public plaza

Monday, February 10th, 2014
Stormy roads 2-10-14-17
There is a lot of unused roadway space on SW Broadway between Burnside and Pine. Why not make it an official public plaza?
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

When snow falls on city streets it eventually melts and goes away thanks in large part due to the self-plowing effect of motor vehicle tires. But where cars and trucks don't go, the snow remains as visual proof of unused roadway space.

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PBOT unveils "compromise option" for Foster bike lane connection to 52nd

Thursday, December 19th, 2013
Intersection of SE Foster and 54th. A new proposal by PBOT would route
bicycle riders north at this location to use neighborhood streets in order to connect to SE 52nd Ave.
(Google streetview)

At a meeting of the Stakeholder Advisory Committee for the Foster Road Streetscape Plan last night, the Portland Bureau of Transportation rolled out a new proposal for how to connect the new bike lanes planned for Foster Road to the future bikeway planed on SE 52nd Ave.

PBOT's proposal for Foster Road — to re-allocate lane space and provide six-foot bike lanes — disappointed some who wanted a more robust bike facility, but it has been met with a strong majority of support. In results of a survey (both online and from an open house earlier this month) released today (PDF), PBOT reports that about 78% of 437 respondents said they are "very supportive" or "supportive" of the cross-section.

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PBOT zeroes in on 'ConnectOregon' project list

Friday, October 18th, 2013
This proposed path in South Waterfront
could finally get funded.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation is zeroing in on a list of projects they hope to get funded with a special pot of state Lottery-backed funds and it looks like bike share might be in the running.

Thanks to a change in the law this past legislative session, bicycling (and walking) projects are now eligible for funding through the Oregon Department of Transportation's ConnectOregon program. Prior to this coming round of funding, the ConnectOregon program was open only to air, marine, rail, and public transit projects.

But this time around, due to the work of advocates and a concerted push by the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, bicycling and walking projects can finally compete for a piece of this $42 million pie.
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ODOT unveils plans for major changes to Kenton-PIR-Delta Park connection

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013
Detail of ODOT plans for a new bike path
adjacent to Denver Ave.
(ODOT)

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is entering the design phase of a project that will bring major changes to bicycling conditions between the Kenton neighborhood, N Denver Ave, and connections to Schmeer Road and Portland International Raceway (PIR).

On the project website, ODOT says the changes come from issues with traveling in the area that were first identified through a study completed during their I-5 Delta Park Project in 2006. That study, says ODOT, "pointed out multiple safety and operational concerns along the Denver Avenue corridor, including poor sight lines for drivers, deficient turning movements, gaps in bicycle/pedestrian paths, and the poor conditions of the Denver Avenue bridge decks and railings." ODOT won $2.5 million for the estimated $4 million project through the 2012-2015 Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Program. (more...)

State grant marks big milestone for Milwaukie's first neighborhood greenway

Friday, September 20th, 2013
Concept of Monroe/Linwood intersection.
(Graphic: BTA)

Yesterday, the Oregon Department of Transportation announced the winners of their 2013 Transportation and Growth Management grants. Among them is a $103,000 award that will fund the planning and design of the Monroe Street Bike Boulevard/Neighborhood Greenway project.

While the dollar amount is relatively small, this grant represents a major milestone for Milwaukie, a city on the Willamette River just six miles south of downtown Portland. (more...)

Planning effort seeks a 'Re-Imagined' North Lombard Street

Monday, April 29th, 2013
Lombard Ave-1
Residents have resorted to homemade signs
to make people slow down on Lombard.
Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Lombard Street in north and northeast Portland is one of those classic urban arterials that splits up neighborhoods and is entirely unwelcoming to anything but people in cars. Now a citizen-led planning effort, "Lombard Re-Imagined" is working to change that.

Lombard Re-Imagined is the work of Swift Planning Group, a team made up of six graduate students from Portland State University’s Master of Urban and Regional Planning program. They've partnered up with the Kenton, Arbor Lodge, and Piedmont neighborhood associations to, "develop a vision for Lombard, focusing on how it can become a more walkable place with a unique identity that better serves the needs and wants of its neighbors."
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Watch the new video on the Red Electric Trail project

Friday, January 25th, 2013

A reader and SW Trails member just tipped me off to a new video produced to promote the Red Electric Trail project. It's an excellent overview of what's being worked on and it features an interview with none other than U.S. Congressman Earl Blumenauer. For more on the Red Electric, see our update back in October and visit SWTrails.org.

ODOT needs your input as 53 bike/walk projects vie for $8.5 million

Friday, December 21st, 2012
N Williams Ave Open House-N Williams Ave Final Open House-17
PBOT is still looking for funding to
improve bike access on N. Williams.

What do bike boulevards in Grants Pass, a new trail from Hagg Lake to McMinnville, and the North Williams project have in common? They're just a few of the 53 projects from all over the state being considered for $8.5 million in grant funding from the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

This year, ODOT's Active Transportation Section is combining two funding programs — the federal Transportation Alternatives Program (formerly Transportation Enhancements, TE) and the ODOT-run bicycling and walking program administered by the Oregon Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee — into one application process. (more...)

Updates on Red Electric, Waud Bluff, and Westside Trail projects

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012
Cover of new brochure to
promote Red Electric Trail.

My inbox is full of updates on major multi-use path projects happening in and around Portland, so I've decided to round them up into one post. (And yes, you'll notice I don't like to refer to them as "trail" projects, even though that word is in their official names. I just feel that the word "trail" only perpetuates the false notion many people have that these paths are for recreation and shouldn't be considered serious transportation corridors... which they are.)

New brochure aims to build momentum for Red Electric Trail

When complete, the Red Electric Trail will connect the Fanno Creek Trail in Beaverton to Portland's Southwest Waterfront district. As per usual, the planning and actual construction has been agonizingly slow (Portland City Council released a study of the trail in 2007); but lately things are on the upswing. According to project volunteer Cole Trusty with SW Trails, Portland Parks & Recreation is actively negotiating right-of-way with property owners along the route, a new bridge at the western end of the project is set to be built next summer, and other pieces are falling into place. Trusty recently shared a new brochure (PDF) he just made to "develop the community support necessary to maintain momentum" on the project (PDF). The brochure is full of great background information on the project and it comes with a quality route map. He's already passed out 1,000 copies and plans to keep on giving them out. Trusty says there's also a new video on the works and there's even a new Facebook page you can "Like" to stay updated. (more...)

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