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New non-profit, “Bicycle Concept Plan” in the works for Gateway Green

Posted by on March 19th, 2009 at 3:25 pm

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Gateway Green supporters
gather at the north end of
the property during a site
visit in February.
(Photo © J. Maus)

The folks behind an effort to transform a 35-acre parcel of land between the I-84 and I-205 freeways in East Portland into an urban, off-road biking oasis called Gateway Green, will unveil a “Bicycle Concept Plan” next month.

Back in February, advocates and supporters of the project met on site to map out possibilities and brainstorm how the land could be put to best use for biking.

East Portland parks advocate and the project’s main booster, Linda Robinson, got in touch recently to announce an upcoming open house to share the “Gateway Green Bicycle Concept Plan”. Along with this concept plan, at the open house project backers will announce the newly formed Friends of Gateway Green organization and accompanying website,

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At the open house on April 14 (more details below), individuals and groups will be able to join the new group (which is in the process of becoming a non-profit) to stay involved and to support the Gateway Green effort.

    Gateway Green Open House
    Unveiling of the Bicycle Concept Plan and other project updates
    Gateway Elks Lodge (711 NE 100th Ave, few blocks from Gateway MAX stop)
    Tuesday, April 14 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm

— Browse our “Gateway Green” tag for previous coverage of this project.

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Kathleen McDade

I still haven’t figured out what an urban biking oasis is, or why we need one. I’m just a lowly bicycle commuter.

Jeff Ong
Jeff Ong

Kathleen — it’s just meant to be a nice little area for cyclocross people and mountain bikers to ride in. The big problem is that currently, if you want to go mountain biking around Portland, it generally involves putting your bike on a car and driving for an hour. This would be a little trail network that most PDX residents could ride to, especially as it’s located right on the 205 trail. (You could even swing by and get a little sweet air on your commute home!)

Kathleen McDade

Ah, that makes sense. Thanks, Jeff!