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Amazing new resource shares all government funding sources available for trails in Oregon

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on July 20th, 2021 at 2:27 pm

40-Mile Loop volunteer Jim Sjulin at the Quarterly Trails Forum last week.

A retired Portland Parks and Recreation planner has just gifted the transportation community something very, very special.

If you’ve ever tried to secure funding for a trail or path project, or advocate for one, you can relate to the dizzying array of acronyms and information that comes with it. What starts as an exciting idea to create a new bike path, can end up leading you down a rabbit-hole of application deadlines, funding parameters, and clunky government websites. It’s enough to cause premature burnout in even the most hardened advocrat.

Jim Sjulin knows this feeling well. As a retired Parks employee and current volunteer with 40-Mile Loop Land Trust, he’s ferreted his share of funding pots. I was impressed with Sjulin’s excellent work to fund remaining gaps on the Marine Drive bike path, but his latest effort is on a whole nother level.

At the Quarterly Trails Forum hosted by Metro on July 14th, Sjulin shared a spreadsheet with information on every government funding source available for trail projects in Oregon. To the uninitiated, that might not sound like a big deal. But once you browse the document, it’s scope and value become apparent. [Read more…]

The Marine Drive Path is 75% complete. Here are the gaps that remain

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on October 29th, 2020 at 9:38 am

It’s easy to smile while riding on completed sections of the Marine Drive Path. Solid progress has been made recently and just six of its 23 miles remain.

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Advocates say it’s a perfect time to invest in ‘Safe Routes to the Slough’

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on March 8th, 2019 at 1:57 pm

There are great places to ride on and beyond the Columbia Slough. Getting to them should be much easier.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

With Metro laying groundwork on two major funding initiatives, advocates with the 40-Mile Loop say the time is now to make a substantial investment in the paths, roads, and trails that get people to the Columbia Slough Watershed.
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City lowers speed limits on Marine Drive west of 33rd, the ‘gnarliest gap of them all’

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on September 26th, 2018 at 11:34 am

View of Marine Drive eastbound approaching Columbia Edgewater Country Club.

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When we shared the news of improvements coming to the NE Marine Drive last month, many of you were disappointed that nothing was being done on the section between I-5 and 33rd Avenue.

A commenter named Kristin shared that, “Though there’s a ‘bike lane’ through that section, it’s crazily overgrown and very narrow in spots, making the fast truck traffic even scarier.”
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City will close two gaps, add safety features to NE Marine Drive

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on August 27th, 2018 at 3:38 pm

New flashing beacon will be installed at this unmarked crossing where people often drive as fast as 50 mph east of 138th.

“We understood that this was more forward momentum than we have seen in many years.”
— Jim Sjulin, 40-Mile Loop Land Trust

Marine Drive is a gem in our cycling network and a thorn in our cycling socks at the same time. For as great as it is in some spots — and as valuable as it is as an east-west connection between St. Johns and Troutdale — it remains neglected and riddled with dangerous gaps that prevent it from being a truly great route for cycling.

If you love/hate riding on Marine Drive, we’ve got two bits of great news: There’s a new advocacy effort afoot to close the gaps, and the City of Portland has just put real money on the table to close a few of them by next summer.
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