Grand opening planned for Gresham Fairview Trail

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Photo: City of Gresham

The City of Gresham has announced a public celebration and grand opening for the completion of Phase 1 of the Gresham-Fairview Trail.

The event — which coincides with National Trails Day — will kick off at 10 am this Saturday (6/2) and will include a formal dedication and festivites along the trail at NE Holladay St. and NE 201st Avenue.

The Gresham-Fairview Trail is a federally funded project (it also receives money from Metro’s 26-80 bond measure) and full completion of its 5.2 mile length is expected in fall of 2009.

Once complete, the 12-foot wide multi-use recreational trail will serve as a major north/south connector between the Springwater Trail and the 40-Mile Loop at Marine Drive, two regionally significant and heavily used trails.

For more info on this trail, check out the trail master plan.

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Kelly
Kelly
15 years ago

This is simply awsome. I have been bike commuting off and on into Portland and am within a block of one of the tail heads! Crossing Powell to access the Springwater Trail is a pain, the raised ramp will be very nice.

peder horner
15 years ago

Ooh, I’m liking this already. Now I have one more route home from OHSU to close-in North Portland! I hope it’s more enjoyable than the I-205 “trail.”

Qwendolyn
15 years ago

wait…whaaaa?

how is close-in N. Portland or OHSU anywhere near
Gresham or Fairview?

Not that it matters, I suppose.

shawn.
shawn.
15 years ago

Maybe Peter’s confusing it with SW Fairview Blvd in the West Hills (aka “New Bomb” or “3.0”).

Disco D
Disco D
15 years ago

Yea OHSU to NPDX via this trail would be a bit of a detour…

the sanity
the sanity
15 years ago

nice. And so much cheaper than new max rails, if we could get a whole network of these through the city, bicycling might actually be safe!

cecil
cecil
15 years ago

Either that, or Peder is like me and prefers to stretch a two miles “as the crow flies” commute into a 25-mile “I guess I’ll be late to work again as I check out this new route” joy ride – I can guarantee that at some point this summer my commute from close-in SE to downtown will feature this new trail 🙂

peder horner
15 years ago

*nod* to Cecil. You complete me. Hehe.

BURR
BURR
15 years ago

woo hoo! five miles in two + years, that’s what I call progress!

nuovorecord
nuovorecord
15 years ago

I rode this new trail for the first time over the weekend. While it\’s a nice addition to the bike mileage, the arterial crossings absolutely SUCK!

The only indication to traffic that cyclists or peds may be crossing are overhead signs that begin flashing when you press the button to activate them. An electronic voice tells you that \”signal is on, traffic may not stop.\”

Was someone trying to be funny? I nearly was killed crossing Glisan when a car in the curb lane stopped for me, but some idiot in a Volvo swung around him to pass while I was in the crosswalk. He got stopped in time – fortunately.

It looks to me like Gresham tried to do this on the cheap. This trail crosses three arterials where traffic is moving at speeds up to 60 mph. It needs to have signals that will stop traffic, similar to the one at 41st and Burnside. Or, it would be better to have no signal at all, rather than one that gives a false sense of security. Flashing overhead warning lights are being ignored by drivers and I predict that it won\’t be long before we get a report of a cyclist being injured or killed on this trail.

Lenny Anderson
15 years ago

Signals are expensive and slow traffic flow on major arterials…a no-no.
I guess its a reminder that we\’re still down the transportation pecking order a bit. In Portland the Burnside light is the exception, not the rule. Meanwhile the Traffic Division is out there writing us up for coasting thru stop signs.