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Banks-Vernonia nominated for Rail-Trail Hall of Fame

Posted by on June 10th, 2016 at 3:54 pm

Family trip to Stub Stewart State Park-5-55

The Banks-Vernonia has been a runaway success.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

We all know it’s an amazing place to ride, now let’s make it official: The Banks-Vernonia Trail has been nominated for the 2016 Rail-Trail Hall of Fame.

The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is hosting the competition. The polls opened earlier this week and you have until the end of June 15th to place your vote.

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The B-V (as we call it around here) is up against the GHS Swap Rabbit Trail in South Carolina, the Hudson Valley Trail Network in New York, the Rio Grade Trail in Colorado and the Shelby Farms Greenline in Tennessee.

There are currently 29 trails in the Hall of Fame. The Springwater Corridor, which was inducted in 2011, is currently the only Oregon trail among them.

Apparently you can vote as often as you’d like, so here’s that link one more time. Let’s do this.

— Jonathan Maus, (503) 706-8804 – jonathan@bikeportland.org

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kittens
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kittens

Voted. If the Springwater can make it on the list, surely this trail can. This is a beautiful trail, too bad it is for recreation only.

Stephen Keller
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Stephen Keller

I know of one fellow who uses part BV for his commute.

Mike Sanders
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Mike Sanders

Just voted myself. The Rails to Trails Conservacy website does encourage you to vote as often as possible. Voting closes at 11:59pm ET / 8:59pm PT on Wed. 15 June. The Hudson Valley (NY) entry includes the Walkway over the Hudson (River) bridge at Poughkeepsie, NY.

B. Carfree
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B. Carfree

Wow, a bike path that has as many obvious flaws as the Springwater is in their hall of fame? Their standards may be lower than the League of American Bicyclists. To LAB’s credit, they have openly acknowledged that their awards are of an aspirational nature, so they get a partial pass on their version of grade inflation.

Mike Quigley
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Mike Quigley

Banks-Vernonia is nothing compared to Salmonberry if it were restored. If Idaho can restore Coeur d’Alene Trail and Route of the Hiawatha, Oregon can restore Salmonberry.

GlowBoy
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GlowBoy

Voted for the B-V. It’s a great trail, and Oregon can use more encouragement in rail-trail development. Oregon lags far behind its neighbors Idaho and Washington have in trail mileage (not to mention MN and WI, which each have hundreds of miles of rail trails). There’s a lot of potential in Oregon, including Salmonberry and the proposed Portland-Astoria route, and I’d like to see a lot more happen.

Mike Sanders
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Mike Sanders

Reminder: the deadline to vote is this Wed. the 15th!

Mike Sanders
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Mike Sanders

By the way. Kudos to Willamette Week for last week’s article and photos of the Salmonberry Trail corridor. Great read. And I’m saving their map of the corridor.

Mike Sanders
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Mike Sanders

It’s official: the Hudson Valley trail network in NY State, has won induction into the Rail-Trail National Hall of Fame. The network includes the Walkway Over the Hudson Bridge. Details at the Rails to Trails Conservancy website: http://www.railstotrails.org