southwest trails

Join us for our next Get Together in Multnomah Village

Avatar by 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.
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Advocates hope new plan will spur improvements in Southwest

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on November 4th, 2008 at 1:17 pm

Cover of Bicycle Facilities Strategy to
Reach Platinum Status in Southwest Portland

A major effort to bring the quality of biking in Southwest Portland up to the standards of the rest of the city has finally landed on PDOT’s desk.

SWTrails — a subcommittee of the Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc. — has submitted a 65-page plan to PDOT titled, Bicycle Facilities Strategy to Reach Platinum Status in Southwest Portland.

According to Keith Liden, a citizen activist who spearheaded the effort and who also sits on PDOT’s Bicycle Advisory Committee (by day he’s a professional planner with Parsons Brinckerhoff), the plan is the culmination of a one-and-a-half year effort that included community rides, a formal route selection and evaluation process, and two public open houses. [Read more…]

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

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by 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…]

Southwest group unveils latest bikeway improvement recommendations

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by 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…]

Southwest trails group continues bike boulevard effort

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on June 29th, 2007 at 9:19 am

PDOT Transportation Safety Summit

Leader of SWTrails, Don Baack.
(File photo)

The serpentine, hilly, and narrow roads that make up most of southwest Portland are a far cry from the idyllic bike boulevards of inner southeast Portland.

But that hasn’t stopped a year-long effort by citizen activists and a group called SWTrails from working to create similar bike-friendly streets in their neighborhoods.

Led by veteran trail advocates and southwest Portland residents Don Baack, Keith Liden, and Sharon Fekety, SWTrails has worked closely with PDOT and area residents to garner feedback and recommendations for a potential network of low-traffic, bike-friendly routes.
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Southwest bike network map shows potential

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on March 20th, 2007 at 12:05 pm

After months of planning, residents of southwest Portland, led by super-citizen trail advocate and Alice Award nominee Don Baack, have come up with a map of a new southwest bike network.

Baack, who leads the group Southwest Trails, has been working hard to garner neighborhood feedback and collaborate with PDOT to include these recommendations in the upcoming Bicycle Master Plan update.

Click the map for a larger view.

SW Trails steps up bike planning efforts

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on September 25th, 2006 at 6:28 am

[Southwest Trails logo]

Don Baack of SW Trails is spear-heading an effort to bring a more connected, safe and accessible bike route network to the hills of SW Portland.

He’ll lead a bike ride through SE Portland on Saturday (9/30) to take a closer look at that area’s successful network of low-traffic, bike-friendly streets known as bicycle boulevards (like Ankeny and Lincoln/Harrison).
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