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As Clinton Street’s bikeway turns 30, locals plan a celebration

Posted by on March 16th, 2015 at 3:04 pm

Guerrilla diverters on SE Clinton-9

Major arterial.
(Photo: J.Maus/BikePortland)

Whether you see it as a battleground or a workable compromise or a national model, the Clinton Street bikeway is one thing for sure: beloved.

A group of Clinton Street fans are meeting at SE 30th and Division Saturday to plan a party this summer that will celebrate this iconic bike route and everything it’s brought to the mix of residential and commercial uses that have made Portland’s Hosford-Abernethy and Richmond neighborhoods what they are.


The event is being promoted by resident Kari Schlosshauer, a neighborhood and transportation advocate who also works as regional policy manager for the Safe Routes to School National Partnership. (Readers might remember her popular guest post here last year: “A six-point plan to make Portland a better place to grow up.”)

Though we have to note that Clinton wasn’t quite the city’s first official bikeway — according to this map, at least, that’d be Salmon/Taylor about one mile north — and that the city is inconsistent about whether Clinton counts as a “neighborhood greenway” — Clinton is certainly one of the most historically important bikeways in the country.

The planning meeting (listed here on Facebook) is 2 to 4 p.m. this Saturday, March 21, at the Bollywood Theater cafe, 3010 SE Division St.

“We want your participation to make the party one that everyone can get involved with,” Schlosshauer writes. “Join the party planning fun!”

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Let’s hope it includes a street closure permit! 😉


Not sure how PDOT or anyone else can claim that it isn’t a greenway?

It is legally marked as one and follows all the rules of one. As such until the markings disappear, no one can really say it isn’t-even PDOT.

Not to mention it still appears on all the PDOT bike maps as well (though honestly mine is a year old- don’t know if they took it off this last year or not).

Anyone saying otherwise just doesn’t want to make any of the hard decisions that need to be made to keep it as one with this new wave of growth in the area, and something needs to be done…It’s just going to get worse (NW 50th and Division is getting a pretty big mixed use here real soon). I also suspect Clinton will see a huge uptick when Foster gets underway too, since it the most direct link to the Tillicum Bridge.


I think it’s important to remember what this corridor was going to be…The Mount Hood Freeway!

Clinton St. certainly isn’t perfect from a cycling perspective, but the alternative would have been devastating to this neighborhood.

Bald One
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Lower Clinton (12th to 26th) needs some love / help.

SE 26th near the Clinton intersection (the section which connects Hosford Middle School and Cleveland High School) is not a safe bike route to school but needs to be (currently 3′ bike lanes; disappearing bike lanes).


bike party!