Voices from Dairy Creek Park: Listening to the houseless in Hillsboro

Shannon Johnson (Family Biking Columnist) by on August 5th, 2021 at 12:30 pm

(Note: This is part two of Shannon’s story. We posted part one on Monday.)

Martin. A resident of Dairy Creek Park in Hillsboro.
(Photographed with permission by Shannon Johnson)

This post began with my scouting of a new park for our family to visit on our bikes. It resulted in me coming face-to-face with homelessness in Hillsboro. Which is a unique reason why I think biking is so valuable: it increases our intimacy with our own neighborhood and local community. Biking opens our eyes to what is right around us, but that we might otherwise (in a car) never see.

My original intention was to check out the bike route and amenities at Dairy Creek Park. But after reading reviews that warned about various encampment-related ills (such as trash, feces, and unwelcoming encounters with campers) I was encouraged to also scout out park cleanliness and safety. But even more importantly, I was prompted to take an active interest in the needs of the houseless community near me — because this can’t just be about me. Yes, I want a clean and safe park for my children to play in, but I also — far more importantly — want my fellow neighbors to have a clean and safe place to live.[Read more…]

Homeless campers and family biking fears

Shannon Johnson (Family Biking Columnist) by on August 3rd, 2021 at 2:27 pm

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Perreo Bike Ride

Maritza Arango (Events Editor) by on July 22nd, 2021 at 1:30 am

***The ride is only for Latinx and BI-POC friends/allies only.***

Welcome to the first Perreo Bike Ride of the year! The first of three featured rides this summer. All Latinx and BIPOC welcome regardless of skill level. We will be cruising the streets of SE and E Hillsboro while bumping nothing but Perreo Music making occasional stops throughout different parks in Hillsboro. Ride will loop beginning at the Civic Center in Downtown Hillsboro and end at Shute Park. The route will be mainly flat with a couple of inclined streets along the way. We will be riding at a comfortable pace that accommodates all riders in the group. Bring drinks and snacks for the ride. There is a Plaid Pantry across the street from Shute park.

The Civic Center is a couple blocks away from the Hillsboro Transit Center for easier access for riders coming from Portland.

Bring a good attitude. We want to create a safe and fun environment for everybody in attendance. No violence or ignorance will be tolerated. Leave the drama at home. For our non-BI-POC supporters, please respect this and share this event with your BI-POC friends and colleagues.

Rider checklist

-Face mask (recommended, but not required)



-Helmet (not required but strongly recommended)

-Ride is free Meet at 6:30PM on the side of the civic center where the water fountains are located facing Main Street and across the street from the Court House, Ride out at 7:00PM

New road would cut through a quiet park in Hillsboro

Tina Ricks (Guest Author) by on March 29th, 2021 at 10:25 am

Narrow gravel path through a lush green park with trees.

This path in Noble Woods Park is the proposed route of a new three-lane road.
(Photos: Tina Ricks for BikePortland)

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Hillsboro PD’s novel distracted driving sting nets 50 citations in three hours

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on October 4th, 2019 at 7:48 am

He’s not asking for spare change, he’s trying to change behavior (note the radio wire).
(Photo: Hillsboro PD)

Every city in America has a big problem when it comes to distracted driving. Most states have laws that outlaw it, but the challenge is enforcement.
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Rock Creek Cyclery is a new hub for bike lovers in Hillsboro

Avatar by on February 27th, 2019 at 1:00 pm

Martín Acosta inside the new space.
(Photos: Naomi Fast)

Naomi Fast is our Washington County correspondent.

Not everyone believes in the oft-quoted movie mantra, “If you build it, they will come.” But out in Hillsboro, the adage holds true — and not just for Hillsboro Hops baseball.

Less than two years after I wrote about a new separated bikeway that parallels Cornelius Pass Road between Cornell and Highway 26, a new bike shop has moved in less than a mile away: Rock Creek Cyclery.
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TriMet Corner: Artist J. Shea adds color to Orenco bike and ride facility

Jeffrey Owen (Contributor) by on August 2nd, 2017 at 9:29 am

Artist J. Shea has added some flair to the new Orenco bike and ride facility.
(Photos: Jeff Owen/TriMet)

Jeff Owen.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Publisher’s note: We’re trying something new. We’ve invited TriMet Senior Planner Jeff Owen to write a guest column (tentatively named “TriMet Corner” unless you have a better idea). Owen was hired by TriMet in 2012 as their active transportation planner and brings a ton of experience to the table. He also happens to be a very nice guy who’s dedicated to his work in making our transit system work better for bicycle users. This is his first article for BikePortland.

This past June TriMet hired a local artist to breathe life and art into the interior of our new Orenco Station Bike & Ride facility.

TriMet’s Bike & Rides offer an option for secure bike parking on one end of your commute. They eliminate the worry of bringing your bike on-board crowded trains or buses, only to find the spaces filled.

Now, thanks to the TriMet Public Art Program and a very talented local artist, the Orenco Bike & Ride really stands out from the crowd.
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TriMet to add 200 covered bike parking spots to MAX system

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on January 29th, 2016 at 3:16 pm

trimet bike parking

Concept art for a new bike-and-ride facility at the Goose Hollow MAX station, due to open by the end of 2016.
(Images: TriMet)

Portland’s regional transit agency expects to add new locked “Bike and Ride” facilities this year to its Goose Hollow, Beaverton Creek and Orenco Station MAX stops, greatly increasing the west side’s capacity for bike-to-transit commuting.

It’s especially welcome news for MAX commuters through the crowded Robertson Tunnel between Portland and Washington County. Job and residential growth in Central Portland and urban Washington County have been leading to more and more people looking to reach those stations by bike.

At at least one of the facilities, there’s even room being set aside specifically for cargo bikes.

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Metro releases plan for $50 million Hillsboro-to-Banks biking and walking path

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on October 22nd, 2015 at 9:20 am

council creek route

Red: short-term. Green: mid-term.
Blue: long-term.
(Image: Metro)

An arrow-straight railside trail between Hillsboro and Forest Grove would be one of the first phases of a planned bikeway through the heart of Washington County.

The Council Creek Regional Trail is a vision for a mostly off-road connection between Hillsboro, Forest Grove and Banks — which will also connect the westernmost stop in the MAX system with some of Oregon’s best rural bike routes, including the beloved Banks-Vernonia Trail and a possible future connection to the Pacific Coast.

When we last checked in on the planning process, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance was urging planners to choose the shorter, straighter “Rail 1” route between Hillsboro and Banks rather than a winding creekside alternative to the north.

According to the master plan published last month, the straight railside route was chosen, meaning that this is also likely to become, someday, a popular transportation connection west of Hillsboro.

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Federal trial lined up for police who Tasered Hillsboro man after bike infraction

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on October 14th, 2015 at 10:39 am

robinson in dirt

A Hillsboro police photo from the aftermath.

Two police officers and the City of Hillsboro are on course to defend themselves in a jury trial over their choice to Taser a man who they’d stopped for biking illegally beside Tualatin Valley Highway.

The man who was tackled and Tasered in the 2012 incident, Jermaine Robinson, had been riding after dark without a front light on his bike, and the officer who stopped him says Robinson had been crossing the Southeast 13th Avenue crosswalk against a “don’t walk” light.

After the officer, William Blood, pulled his car over to confront Robinson, Robinson refused to give his name and (according to Blood, but not Robinson) seemed to be preparing to pedal away. Blood’s colleague Brian Wilber then shot him with a Taser twice.

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