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Metro’s 2nd annual Trails Fair will offer chance to explore ‘The Intertwine’

Posted by on April 20th, 2012 at 9:32 am

Did you know the new Trolley Trail
south of Milwaukie is almost fully complete?

In case you haven’t noticed, there’s a ton going on around our regional network of trails and multi-use paths* — a.k.a. “The Intertwine“. To help get the public up to speed and foster collaboration and momentum on the projects, Metro and folks behind The Intertwine are hosting their 2nd annual Trails Fair.

The event is coming this Wednesday (4/25) from 1:00 – 3:00 pm (at Metro HQ, 600 NE Grand Ave). From the newly built Trolley Trail down in Milwaukie (yes, it’s almost completed!), to the North Portland Greenway, and many others — this event will be the perfect place to hear the latest news on all the major projects. Metro promises about 40 agencies, non-profits, and trail groups will be on hand with exhibits and experts to share info about their programs and projects.

The event is free and open to the public.

Check out the flyer below:

(*Note: those terms are synonymous in most cases, but I dislike using “trails” because I think it causes people to envision dirt hiking and biking trails and not the major components of our mobility network they actually are.)

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Despite the personal benefits of a North Portland Greenway, I’d happily give it up to build Sullivan’s Gulch. Greeley isn’t always beautiful, but together with Willamette, it’s a stunningly direct and efficient route compared to the zigzag you have to do through most of Portland.

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The Trolley Trail is a real gem. I’ve ridden it several times in the last year (and fortunately got a chance to hit it while it was mostly still dirt) and it is a great route to the south.

By the way, once you hit the south end of the trail at Jennings Lodge, you can continue another half mile or so on a nice wide sidewalk next to Abernethy Lane with only a handful of driveway crossings. From there it’s only a mile on quiet residential streets to the pedestrian/bike bridge over the Clackamas, and then you can jump on a MUP into Oregon City. IMO this is the best bike route to the Willamette Valley from Portland.

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GlowBoy–Now the Trolley trail extends on the other side of McLoughlin to get you to that cement sidewalk but unfortunately the bike/walking bridge over the Clackamas River is still closed for construction.

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Yikes! Good to know. Guess I just lucked out when I found it open last year. Didn’t know it was constantly getting closed. That stinks.

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The pedestrian bridge from Gladstone across the Clackamas has, over the past six or seven years, been closed more than it’s been open. I don’t question the reasons it’s been closed, but I surely hope that the same pattern doesn’t recur in the near future.

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On Thursday morning shortly before 7:00 a.m., there was a car munched alongside southbound 99E near the Milwaukie waterfront where the new path crosses under the railroad trestle. It seemed as if the car had tried to take the trail, but I didn’t really get a good look. Does anyone know what happened?