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Be advised: River View Cemetery bike route will be closed Memorial Day weekend

Posted by on May 8th, 2018 at 12:56 pm

Signs have been posted.
(Photo: David Noble)

Before we get the inevitable, “Hi BikePortland! Did you hear that River View Cemetery is closed to bikes!?” emails; please plan ahead for the upcoming closure of this route on Memorial Day weekend.

Just like they did last year, the cemetery has decided to prohibit access through the cemetery during the busy holiday. The move comes in response to complaints from cemetery visitors about rude and dangerous behavior by bicycle riders. When this closure first happened in 2017, some of the Board of Trustees (who manage the cemetery) were convinced that a permanent ban was needed.

However, that disaster was averted thanks in part to the collaborative approach to problem solving and internal advocacy from River View’s Executive Director David Noble (and the work of The Street Trust who has helped broker these conversations for many years).

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If you’re new to town, the cemetery provides a quiet and safe alternative from the Sellwood Bridge up to Terwilliger. It’s a crucial commute route for many southwest Portland residents and Lewis & Clark College students. The route is such a necessary reprieve from the fast and furious SW Taylors Ferry Road that even City of Portland bike maps recommend it. However, it is technically private land owned by River View Cemetery and we use it at their discretion. So be nice!

Also of note: This year the Memorial Day Weekend closure will be one day shorter: Saturday May 26th through Monday May 28th. “Alhough we have many hundreds of vehicles in the cemetery on Friday,” Noble shared with us via email today. “The volume is lower than the three weekend days, so I felt that we could defer to the needs of the commuters and students who use the route on weekdays.”

— Jonathan Maus: (503) 706-8804, @jonathan_maus on Twitter and jonathan@bikeportland.org

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maxD
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maxD

David Noble is a good friend to people who ride bikes. I hope everyone respects this closure

bikeninja
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bikeninja

maybe Bike Portland needs its own version of the Guardian Angels ( circa 1979 NYC) to lay down some justice on the “Rude Roadies” giving us a bad name in the cemetery and elsewhere.

Todd Boulanger
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Todd Boulanger

Makes sense to ration access during the busy memorial day period.

Toby Keith
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Toby Keith

This is good news. Thanks for sharing.

Tom Armstrong
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Tom Armstrong

Thanks for the update. This is a good compromise. Also, seems to be fewer weekends this year. I think last year, they also closed it to bikes on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.

Tom Howe (Contributor)
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There is a Bike More Challenge 25 in a Day ride this weekend that goes up through River View and strings together a series of trails including the Willamette Greenway, the Tryon Creek Trail, the Oswego Iron Heritage Trail, the McLoughlin Promenade, the Trolley Trail, and the Milwaukie 17th Ave Trail:

https://www.facebook.com/events/231913354026532/

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Fred

How sad that I can’t ride my bike to visit my family grave site. But a multi-ton truck spewing black exhaust? Well that’s just fine.