First Look: Beaverton installs bike lanes on SW Lombard

Posted on September 28th, 2010 at 12:54 pm.

New bike lanes on SW Lombard.
(Photos: Jim Parsons)

It was a bit of a saga, but bike lanes have finally been installed on a stretch of SW Lombard Avenue in Beaverton (the project also came with some on-street parking removal). After the Beaverton Traffic Commission said no to the project back in April, advocates rallied and made their case to City Council. Last month, the Council voted 5-0 in favor of the bike lanes.

Our West Side correspondent and photographer Jim Parsons was on the scene when crews installed the bike lanes last week. Here are some of his photos (see them all here).[Read more…]

Girl recovering after school bus/bike crash in Beaverton

Posted on September 10th, 2010 at 11:44 am.

Photo of the scene.
(Photo: KPTV screen grab)

A 7th grade girl and a school bus operator collided yesterday as the bus left the parking lot of Beaverton Arts & Communications Magnet High School, which is about seven miles west of Portland. The wheel of the bus ran over the girl’s leg. She suffered a compound fracture and was admitted to the hospital in serious condition (she is reportedly already recovering and has been upgraded to fair).

Here’s what KPTV reported about the crash last night:[Read more…]

City of Tigard bike news roundup

Posted on July 6th, 2010 at 11:13 am.

New racks have been installed
in downtown Tigard.
(Photo: WTA)

Remember Tigard? It’s a great little town about 10 miles southwest of Portland. Back in January we held a great Get Together event at a pub right alongside the Fanno Creek Trail. The room was packed with advocates, city staffers, and even a few politicians.

Today, I’m happy to share a few news items that show how Tigard continues to move in the right direction for bikes. [Read more…]

Bikestation coming to Hillsboro

Posted on March 12th, 2010 at 7:52 am.

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A new Bikestation is coming to Hillsboro.
(Photo is of Bikestation DC).
(Photo © J. Maus)

If all goes according to plan, Hillsboro (about 20 miles west of Portland) will be the first city in the Portland region to have a one-stop bike storage, shower, and locker facility — also known as a Bikestation.

While at the National Bike Summit I ran into Andrea White-Kjoss, the President and CEO of Bikestation (a division of Mobis Transportation Alternatives), who confirmed the news. I have since heard from City of Hillsboro Planning Manager Colin Cooper, who gave me more details on the project.[Read more…]

Beaverton Traffic Commission votes against bike lanes on Lombard

Posted on March 8th, 2010 at 10:07 am.

A stretch of SW Lombard in Beaverton where there
is no designated bikway.
(Photo: Jim Parsons/BikePortland)

Bikes advocates in Beaverton were shocked when a meeting of that city’s Transportation Commission on Thursday night ended in a 5-1 vote against putting bike lanes on SW Lombard Avenue.

On the agenda was a proposal to stripe bike lanes on a one-mile stretch of SW Lombard Ave between 1st Street and Denney Road. The Commission was also set to hear a related proposal to remove motor vehicle parking on SW Lombard between 7th St. and Allen Blvd.[Read more…]

Talking bikes in Tigard – Get Together event recap

Posted on January 28th, 2010 at 1:57 pm.

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Washington County Commissioner
Dick Schouten addresses the
crowd in Tigard last night.
(Photos © J. Maus)

If the energy and turnout at our Get Together in Tigard last night is any indication, the West Side is poised for big leaps in biking in the coming years — but it won’t come easy.

About 60 people filled the back room at the Fanno Creek Brew Pub on Main Street in downtown Tigard. The turnout was diverse — from Tigard Mayor Craig Dirksen to local bike shop owners, and even a few Portland residents who work in the area.[Read more…]

Update on Tigard Get Together (it’s Wednesday!)

Posted on January 25th, 2010 at 2:03 pm.

A tour of the West Side-23

Trails and how they (don’t) cross big
roads is likely to be one of many
topics we’ll discuss.
(Photos © J. Maus)

Our Get Together in Tigard this Wednesday (1/27) is shaping up quite nicely. We’ve got a slew of interesting folks joining us and there will be no shortage of important issues, projects, and big ideas to learn about and discuss.

As per usual with these events, the idea is for citizens, bureaucrats (and I mean that in the best way possible) and politicians to mix and mingle and learn from each other. On that note, here are a few of the confirmed attendees so far.
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Noted bike advocate runs for Washington County chair

Posted on January 22nd, 2010 at 1:50 pm.

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Washington County Commissioner
Dick Schouten.
(Photo © J. Maus)

Washington County Commissioner, former Alice B. Toeclips Award winner, and active bike advocate Dick Schouten is running (or should I say riding) for what the Beaverton Valley Times refers to as “Washington County’s top job.”

Schouten announced his intentions to run for the position of chairman of the Washington County Board of Commissioners last week. Schouten is well-known for his dedication to active transportation. He won an Alice B. Toeclips award from the Bicycle Transportation Alliance in 2001 and in fall of 2009, as a member of Metro’s Executive Council for Active Transportation, he went on a study tour to learn more about bikeways in Amsterdam and Copenhagen.[Read more…]

Join us for a Get Together in Tigard (yes, Tigard)

Posted on January 4th, 2010 at 3:43 pm.

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The Fanno Creek Trail in Tigard.
(Photos © J. Maus)

On January 27th, we’re heading to Tigard (about 10 miles southwest of Portland in Washington County) for our next Get Together event. Why Tigard? Why not?!

Tigard is a sweet little town of about 46,000 people with a lot going for it bike-wise (hear me out). I first learned of its charms during my tour of the West Side back in May. Jim Parsons (our correspondent in that neck of the woods) and I rolled along and came to downtown Tigard’s Main Street. Then, before us was a brew pub with bike parking right out front (cars have to park in the back and walk) just a few feet away from the awesome Fanno Creek Trail. [Read more…]

Bike lovers, farmers are unlikely allies in land use fight

Posted on October 23rd, 2009 at 12:48 pm.

Farmer Juvencio Arqueta chats with Washington County Commissioner Dick Schouten during a tour of the area on Monday. Arqueta’s farm is on land that the County wants to designate for future development.
– Slideshow below –
(Photos © J. Maus)

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