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

Buffered Bike Lane with a bike symbol and arrow pointing forward

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.

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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!”