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West-side paths may get lottery grants, but bike-share expansion looks iffy

Friday, April 11th, 2014
The blue dashed lane along the south bank of the Tualatin River shows a future trail connection that might be funded by $1.6 million in state lottery proceeds.
(Image: City of Tualatin)

A mixed-use path link in Tualatin is among the top contenders for a lottery-funded state grant program that includes biking and walking projects for the first time this year.

The 0.8-mile, Tualatin River Greenway gap completion project is faring well in the state's competitive Connect Oregon program because it creates a low-stress link to jobs and retail across Interstate 5 for 67,000 nearby residents. It'd cost $3.1 million; Tualatin is hoping half will come from Connect Oregon.

Also performing well in early (and still flexible) rankings for Connect Oregon's state lottery dollars are the proposed Tigard Street Trail, which would convert an unused rail alignment to a walking/biking path along SW Tigard Street from SW Main Street to SW Tiedeman Avenue, and a TriMet proposal to add secure bike parking and safe track crossings at the Beaverton Creek and Goose Hollow MAX stations.

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Anti-transit vote in Tigard throws wrench in southwest corridor bike plans

Friday, March 14th, 2014
Riding Portland's urban highways-21
Biking on Barbur Boulevard.
(Photos by J.Maus/BikePortland)

An anti-transit vote in Tigard Tuesday could bite bike plans, too.

When Tigard voters narrowly approved a ballot issue this week designed to make it harder to build a light rail or rapid bus line through their city, they also threw a wrench in a different process: improving biking in the suburbs southwest of Portland.

Metro's Southwest Corridor Plan, a 20-year effort to expand high-capacity transit down the Barbur Boulevard corridor potentially as far as Sherwood, has also been seen as a way to get state and federal funding for a related project: a flat, comfortable bike route through the area such as a physically protected bike lane on Barbur Boulevard.

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Police inaction shows bike lane blockage in Tigard is no big deal

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011
Officer Enzenberger sits in his patrol car (yellow arrow) across from illegally parked vehicles (red arrow).
(Photos: Will Vanlue)

As I was out riding this morning I passed by what is unfortunately a common sight in Tigard: landscaping trucks blocking the bike lane on Durham Road. What made today's incident different was that a Tigard Police car was sitting almost directly across the road from where the trucks were illegally parked. (more...)

The future of downtown Tigard: Sharrows, a bike lane, and raised crosswalks

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011
Downtown Tigard will soon be
more welcoming to bicycle traffic.
(Photos: Will Vanlue)

This past summer, the City of Tigard completed improvements to Burnham Street, one component of their downtown core.

Now they’re finalizing plans for Main Street (located along Highway 99, 10 miles south of downtown Portland), and by the summer of 2013 we’ll see improvements making it easier and safer to ride a bicycle in the area, including improved connections to the Fanno Creek Trail. (more...)

Sidewalk in Tigard shows potential for suburban cycle tracks

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011
Amsterdam? Nope: Tigard.
Is this a cycle track?
Not quite.
(Photos: Will Vanlue)

You may not think the city of Tigard (about 10 miles southwest of Portland) has anything in common with Amsterdam or Copenhagen.

The latter two cities are world-renowned for their bicycle facilities while Tigard is known mostly for its freeways and shopping malls.

But there is one thing Tigard has in common with Amsterdam and Copehnahgen: a paved, grade-separated path next to a sidewalk, which you might even call a "cycle track".

If you’ve ridden your bicycle along Durham Road between SW 85th and 92nd Avenues you may have seen a double sidewalk, of sorts, in front of Tigard High School. One half is cement, the other half is asphalt.
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City of Tigard bike news roundup

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010
New racks have been installed
in downtown Tigard.
(Photo: WTA)

Remember Tigard? It's a great little town about 10 miles southwest of Portland. Back in January we held a great Get Together event at a pub right alongside the Fanno Creek Trail. The room was packed with advocates, city staffers, and even a few politicians.

Today, I'm happy to share a few news items that show how Tigard continues to move in the right direction for bikes. (more...)

Talking bikes in Tigard - Get Together event recap

Thursday, January 28th, 2010
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Washington County Commissioner
Dick Schouten addresses the
crowd in Tigard last night.
(Photos © J. Maus)

If the energy and turnout at our Get Together in Tigard last night is any indication, the West Side is poised for big leaps in biking in the coming years -- but it won't come easy.

About 60 people filled the back room at the Fanno Creek Brew Pub on Main Street in downtown Tigard. The turnout was diverse -- from Tigard Mayor Craig Dirksen to local bike shop owners, and even a few Portland residents who work in the area. (more...)

Update on Tigard Get Together (it's Wednesday!)

Monday, January 25th, 2010
A tour of the West Side-23
Trails and how they (don't) cross big
roads is likely to be one of many
topics we'll discuss.
(Photos © J. Maus)

Our Get Together in Tigard this Wednesday (1/27) is shaping up quite nicely. We've got a slew of interesting folks joining us and there will be no shortage of important issues, projects, and big ideas to learn about and discuss.

As per usual with these events, the idea is for citizens, bureaucrats (and I mean that in the best way possible) and politicians to mix and mingle and learn from each other. On that note, here are a few of the confirmed attendees so far.
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Join us for a Get Together in Tigard (yes, Tigard)

Monday, January 4th, 2010
A tour of the West Side-30
The Fanno Creek Trail in Tigard.
(Photos © J. Maus)

On January 27th, we're heading to Tigard (about 10 miles southwest of Portland in Washington County) for our next Get Together event. Why Tigard? Why not?!

Tigard is a sweet little town of about 46,000 people with a lot going for it bike-wise (hear me out). I first learned of its charms during my tour of the West Side back in May. Jim Parsons (our correspondent in that neck of the woods) and I rolled along and came to downtown Tigard's Main Street. Then, before us was a brew pub with bike parking right out front (cars have to park in the back and walk) just a few feet away from the awesome Fanno Creek Trail. (more...)

Tigard to form Bicycle Advisory Committee: City responds to recent coverage

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

After years of encouragement from advocates and citizen activists, the City of Tigard says they plan to establish an official Bicycle Advisory Committee.

During a phone call, City of Tigard transportation project engineer Mike McCarthy told us the decision to form the committee comes as part of a larger effort. McCarthy said the Bike Advisory Committee will be a sub-committee of the newly formed Transportation Advisory Committee.

The City of Tigard has received a grant from Metro to help create a new bike map (City provides the data, Metro does the printing). According to McCarthy, they're looking to pull together a group of citizens to help identify routes for that project and he expects those people to form the basis of the Bike Advisory Committee.
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