sullivan’s gulch corridor
“The real strength of Minneapolis is its absolutely gorgeous, truly world-class off-street path system. Each has separate space for pedestrians. I biked on a half dozen wide, gorgeous separated bike-ped bridges.”
— Mia Birk, CEO of Portland-based Alta Planning
In the wake of Portland losing the #1 ranking in Bicycling Magazine that we’ve owned since 1995, I’ve been thinking about what Minneapolis has that we don’t have.
I’ve come up with a few things.
Lots of Off-Street Trails
This is probably the best thing going for Minneapolis’ bikeway system. They’ve got 84 miles of off-street trails (like our Esplanade and Springwater Corridor) that connect through their metro area. Take the Midtown Greenway for instance, a 5.5 mile former rail corridor that can get you all the way across town. [Read more…]
should be a fully connected and
(Photo © J. Maus)
The North Portland Greenway Trail is on the cover of the “InPortland” section of The Oregonian today. The exposure for the project is an important boost to the project — whose backers need more political support to make it a reality.
The story lays out how the trail has made some small steps of progress, but that its actual construction is still far off (the advocacy effort behind the trail is already four years old):
“Even its lead advocate, however, sets 10 years as an optimistic timetable for the Greenway to receive funding and be fully constructed.”
As a follow-up to our story yesterday about how some local trail advocates are concerned that the proposed Portland Bicycle Plan for 2030 does not go far enough in support of off-street paths, below is the full text of formal comments that will be submitted by the nine-member, ad-hoc Sullivans Gulch Trail Committee
Comments on the Draft Portland Bicycle Master Plan
October 26, 2009
Thank you for the opportunity to provide these comments on the Bicycle Master Plan. As users, supporters and benefactors of our cycling facilities it is a pleasure to be able to help build on so many successes. We are writing to encourage more resources be dedicated to off-street infrastructure including the development of pathways around the City and region. We envision a network of pathways that moves beyond the shared on-street facilities and traditional multi-use pathways. A network that provides a truly exceptional level of service for cyclists that would equate to bicycle expressways –safe and uninterrupted corridors that encourage new cyclists and their families.[Read more…]
“If we had $50 million in hand, would we spend it developing one corridor or do we want to spread the love around the city?”
— Roger Geller, City of Portland bike coordinator
Trail advocates are polishing up their comments on the Portland Bicycle Plan for 2030.
Backers of the Sullivan’s Gulch Trail — a path still in planning stages that would run from I-205 to the Willamette River along I-84 — say they’re concerned that the new plan does not give off-street paths the respect they deserve.
(Graphic: Sullivan’s Gulch Trail Committee)