Southwest Portland News Archives

Talking bikes in Multnomah Village

Posted on March 4th, 2009 at 2:23 pm.

Get Together in Multnomah Village-6

Police Officer Robert Pickett (in jacket, left)
was one of about 50 who showed
up for our second monthly Get Together
event last night.
(Photos © J. Maus)

I think this “Get Together” idea just might have some legs. I honestly did not expect many people to show up, but I was very pleasantly surprised when about 50 people came out to the Lucky Lab in Multnomah Village last night just to talk bikes.

You don’t hear about it as much as inner southeast and other neighborhoods closer to the city, but there is clearly a big, pent-up demand and lots of energy for biking in outer southwest. The turnout last night — both in quantity of people and the quality of the conversations — was a testament to that.[Read more…]

Tonight: Join us for a Get Together in Multnomah Village

Posted on March 3rd, 2009 at 10:40 am.

Get Together event in St. Johns-9

Greg Raisman (center) from the Bureau
of Transportation joined us at our
Get Together in St. Johns last month.
(Photo © J. Maus)

Tonight, I’m headed to Southwest Portland for the second in our ongoing series of Get Together events. We’ll be at the Lucky Labrador Brewpub in Multnomah Village (7675 SW Capitol Hwy.) from 5-7:00pm.

If you live, work, or ride in and around the circuitous, hilly roads of Southwest Portland we’d love to meet you and we hope you’ll consider joining us. The point of these events is simply to learn and connect. They’re a great way to learn about hot bike issues and meet other bikers in your neighborhood (I hope eventually they grow to include even people that don’t ride, but are curious for whatever reason).[Read more…]

Join us for our next Get Together in Multnomah Village

Posted on February 17th, 2009 at 1:18 pm.

Scott Mizee and Joe Lontai discussing
the North Willamette Greenway trail
at the St Johns Get Together
last month.
(Photo © J. Maus)

Our first Neighborhood Get Together, in St Johns last month, was a lot of fun and a definite success.

To keep the wheels turning, this month we’re headed to Southwest Portland. Come join us on Tuesday, March 3rd from 5 to 7pm at the Lucky Lab in Multnomah Village, at 7675 SW Capitol Hwy.
[Read more…]

Support grows for cycle track on Capitol Highway

Posted on February 2nd, 2009 at 2:18 pm.

PDOT Transportation Safety Summit

Hillsdale n’hood association
president and trails
advocate Don Baack.
(Photo © J. Maus)

Local newspaper, The Southwest Community Connection reports that the Hillsdale Neighborhood Association is in unanimous support of building a cycle track on Capitol Highway.

In their “Government Beat” column published Sunday, the paper wrote:

Don Baack, president of the Neighborhood Association, said the project is a long way off from reality but that it was important for the neighborhood to throw its hat in the ring early.[Read more…]

Performance Bicycle signs lease on downtown store

Posted on February 2nd, 2009 at 12:55 pm.

Screenshot from

Peformance Bicycle, America’s largest chain of bike retail shops, will open their latest location in downtown Portland.

According to the Portland Business Journal, Bitech Inc. (Performance’s corporate name) signed a lease for 20,000 square feet of retail space at 1736 SW Alder St. (the Biz Journal reported it incorrectly as SE Alder).[Read more…]

County announces public meeting for Scholls Ferry redesign

Posted on January 12th, 2009 at 11:30 pm.

Looks like Multnomah County is set to redesign the “streetscape” on Scholls Ferry Road. What does this mean to you? Well, according to their press release (below), they want feedback on the design plan which will “identify ways to improve bicycle and pedestrian travel through the corridor.”

If you ride on Scholls Ferry, check out all the info below and visit

Public meeting kicks off Scholls Ferry Road streetscape design plan[Read more…]

Southwest Portland residents say they “want to be Platinum too”

Posted on June 4th, 2008 at 10:30 am.

BTA Bike Boulevard Ride

Advocacy group SWTrails wants to create conditions
like this in Southwest Portland.
(Photos © J. Maus)

Proclaiming that, “Southwest Portland wants to be Platinum too,” SWTrails has released their latest list of “immediate actions” and recommendations for bikeway improvements in their part of the city.

SWTrails has worked with Southwest Portland residents and the City of Portland Office of Transportation for well over a year (we last heard from them back in November) to identify and map out a comprehensive list of improvements that they say will bring SW Portland up to par with other areas of Portland’s highly touted bike network.[Read more…]

New bike/ped bridge over I-5 will connect to South Waterfront

Posted on May 21st, 2008 at 5:47 pm.

The City of Portland is moving forward with their plans to build a new bike and pedestrian bridge over I-5 that will connect the Lair Hill neighborhood with the South Waterfront district near the Aerial Tram.

One of the concepts drawn up for the new Gibbs Street bike/ped bridge.

[Read more…]

Southwest group unveils latest bikeway improvement recommendations

Posted on November 21st, 2007 at 8:44 am.

The latest map of proposed
bikeway recommendations
for Southwest Portland.
(Click to enlarge)

A group of bicycle advocates in Southwest Portland have unveiled their latest map of proposed bikeway improvements. The group, SWTrails, has been working for nearly a year to come up with recommendations that they plan to present to the Portland Office of Transportation (PDOT) for consideration in the ongoing update of the Bicycle Master Plan.

Central to SWTrails’ effort is the creation of a map that includes the types of bike facility improvements they would like to see. Back in March, I shared the first version of this map and I just received the latest version this morning.[Read more…]

Could Portland’s next bridges be carfree?

Posted on October 5th, 2007 at 7:44 am.

Front page of today’s Oregonian

The Oregonian has a front page story this morning about a new potential bridge that would cross the Willamette River south of the Marquam Bridge.

Writer Dylan Rivera reports that it would be “Portland’s first new bridge in 34 years,” and that it would be unique among other Willamette River bridges in its prohibition of a certain type of vehicle…[Read more…]