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Council passes $5.1 million for Red Electric, Better Naito projects

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on February 11th, 2021 at 4:39 pm

Breaking ground oh so soon.

On Wednesday, Portland City Council voted to allow construction to begin on Better Naito Forever and the Red Electric Trail Bridge — a total of $5.1 million in projects that include physically protected cycling space. But it didn’t happen before one last bit of drama.[Read more…]

More than a dream: What I learned on a tour of the Red Electric Trail

Lisa Caballero (Southwest Correspondent) by on February 5th, 2021 at 10:19 am

Don Baack with SW Trails has worked on the Red Electric Trail project for 20 years. Here he points to the location of PBOT’s new Red Electric bridge in Hillsdale.
(Photo: Lisa Caballero/BikePortland)

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After years of delay, Portland will build Red Electric Trail bridge

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on January 12th, 2021 at 1:55 pm

Conceptual renderings supplied by City of Portland.[Read more…]

Tens of millions in unused parks fees could boost bike-path projects

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on June 15th, 2016 at 2:24 pm

trail dedication ceremony- Swan Island

Swan Island, north of the Fremont Bridge on the east bank of the Willamette, is home to a lonely segment of what could be a future North Portland Greenway.
(Photos: J.Maus/BikePortland)

The Portland Bureau of Parks and Recreation is rarely discussed as part of the answer to Portland’s transportation problems.

Instead of relying mostly on relatively costly off-street paths, which are the main channels for low-stress bike transportation in most of the United States, Portland generally prides itself on improving its actual streets for biking.

But the city’s parks bureau is currently facing a problem that many transportation advocates don’t know about: How to spend the tens of millions of dollars in fees from new development that have been pouring into city coffers for years now.

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City applies for funding of Flanders bikeway bridge, 70s Bikeway, and more

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on November 13th, 2015 at 2:15 pm

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The Red Electric Trail, a dream for southwest neighborhood activists, could get over $600,000 in funding if a city grant request comes through.

City Council voted 5-0 yesterday to authorize grant applications for five major bikeway projects. The $9 million in grant requests would help the Bureau of Transportation fund a host of key projects, some of which have languished on lists and in the hearts of advocates for many years.
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Watch the new video on the Red Electric Trail project

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on January 25th, 2013 at 5:07 pm

A reader and SW Trails member just tipped me off to a new video produced to promote the Red Electric Trail project. It’s an excellent overview of what’s being worked on and it features an interview with none other than U.S. Congressman Earl Blumenauer. For more on the Red Electric, see our update back in October and visit SWTrails.org.

Updates on Red Electric, Waud Bluff, and Westside Trail projects

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on October 3rd, 2012 at 1:48 pm

Cover of new brochure to
promote Red Electric Trail.

My inbox is full of updates on major multi-use path projects happening in and around Portland, so I’ve decided to round them up into one post. (And yes, you’ll notice I don’t like to refer to them as “trail” projects, even though that word is in their official names. I just feel that the word “trail” only perpetuates the false notion many people have that these paths are for recreation and shouldn’t be considered serious transportation corridors… which they are.)

New brochure aims to build momentum for Red Electric Trail

When complete, the Red Electric Trail will connect the Fanno Creek Trail in Beaverton to Portland’s Southwest Waterfront district. As per usual, the planning and actual construction has been agonizingly slow (Portland City Council released a study of the trail in 2007); but lately things are on the upswing. According to project volunteer Cole Trusty with SW Trails, Portland Parks & Recreation is actively negotiating right-of-way with property owners along the route, a new bridge at the western end of the project is set to be built next summer, and other pieces are falling into place. Trusty recently shared a new brochure (PDF) he just made to “develop the community support necessary to maintain momentum” on the project (PDF). The brochure is full of great background information on the project and it comes with a quality route map. He’s already passed out 1,000 copies and plans to keep on giving them out. Trusty says there’s also a new video on the works and there’s even a new Facebook page you can “Like” to stay updated. [Read more…]

City releases Red Electric Trail study

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on May 10th, 2007 at 12:34 am

Recommended Red Electric Trail Route.
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