The Intertwine — a regional coalition of governments, and advocates for parks, paths and trails — has released a smartphone app. Daycation is a “nature exploration app” designed to inform and inspire you about fun things to do in Portland and Vancouver-area parks and natural spaces. It was developed in partnership with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Trailhead Labs. [Read more…]
The new signs aim to present a unifed brand aesthetic no matter where you find them. (Photos/images: Metro)
With dozens of different jurisdictions managing over 100 walking and bikings paths and trails in our region, the design of route signs is all over the map. There’s no consistency from one path to the next and many signs are outdated and not nearly as helpful as they should be. Thankfully Metro is working to change that. They plan to put up 400 new signs on paths and trails in 2016. [Read more…]
“There are so many people interested in trail advocacy… We see this as an opportunity to help them understand they’re not alone in their cause and that all these trail projects are connected.” — Aaron Brown, The Intertwine
Organizers of tomorrow’s Regional Trail Advocates Forum hope that the first ever event is the start of something big. With trail projects stretching from Washington to Wilsonville, the goals of our region’s many advocates and volunteer activists might seem disparate and overwhelming; but put a bunch of dedicated people in one room and amazing things are bound to happen.
Did you know the new Trolley Trail south of Milwaukie is almost fully complete?
In case you haven’t noticed, there’s a ton going on around our regional network of trails and multi-use paths* — a.k.a. “The Intertwine“. To help get the public up to speed and foster collaboration and momentum on the projects, Metro and folks behind The Intertwine are hosting their 2nd annual Trails Fair.
The event is coming this Wednesday (4/25) from 1:00 – 3:00 pm (at Metro HQ, 600 NE Grand Ave). From the newly built Trolley Trail down in Milwaukie (yes, it’s almost completed!), to the North Portland Greenway, and many others — this event will be the perfect place to hear the latest news on all the major projects. Metro promises about 40 agencies, non-profits, and trail groups will be on hand with exhibits and experts to share info about their programs and projects. [Read more…]
Five way-finding signs will be installed in Tigard along the Fanno Creek Trail. (Map courtesy City of Tigard)
Riding a bike on Portland’s streets is made easier by the presence of way-finding signs.
Unfortunately once you get off the street and on to a trail you don’t find many (if any) directional signs. That’s especially true if you’re riding on trails in Washington or Clackamas County.
The folks at The Intertwine are trying to fix the problem by partnering with local jurisdictions to install way-finding signs along the Metro area’s trail network.
When I stopped by the future home of the signs yesterday there was one in place but just minutes after I arrived a crew came and took the sign down. They explained the signs were up as part of a “test run” and were being taken down to avoid vandalism until officials have a chance to view them early next week. [Read more…]
Among the 25 multi-use paths (I prefer that term to trails) that were part of the analysis, several of them are key transportation routes for bicycling in and around Portland. In fact, the survey data (gleaned from 3,012 completed forms) makes a compelling case that paths like the Eastbank Esplanade, the Springwater on the Willamette, and the Waterfront Path are crucial bicycle transportation corridors. [Read more…]
A new report* estimates that our regional trail network saves us about $115 million per year in averted health care costs. The report (PDF) was done for Metro and focused on their interconnected system of trails, parks and greenways known as the Intertwine. The Intertwine (background story) consists of 1,250 miles of designated biking and walking trails, 12,000 acres of developed parks and 24,000 acres of maintained natural area and is visited by an estimated 8.3 million people each year.
In Physical Activity and the Intertwine: A Public Health Method of Reducing Obesity and Healthcare Costs, naturopathic doctor and public health expert Kurt Beil looked at the Intertwine as a public health asset. He analyzed the estimated amount of physical activity that occurs on the Intertwine and did some calculations to come up with health cost savings. Here’s an excerpt from his report:[Read more…]
With an impressive first meeting of their Blue Ribbon Committee for Trails and a new video (watch it below) for their Connecting Green initiative, Metro’s ambitious effort to “create the best parks and trails system in the world” has hit the ground running.
Earlier this month, Metro President David Bragdon called together a diverse group of regional leaders to introduce the effort. [Read more…]