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The Malecón in La Paz, Mexico is the public space Portlanders dream about

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on January 17th, 2020 at 3:52 pm

Better than Better Naito.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

I try to not think about work while on vacation, but I couldn’t help think of Better Naito and Waterfront Park while I was in La Paz, Mexico with family over winter break. The reason? A dreamy piece of public space known as the Malecón.[Read more…]

Waterfront Park altercations leave path users injured and scared

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on September 4th, 2015 at 12:08 pm

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Crowds are common in Waterfront Park.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Some people who use Waterfront Park have taken it upon themselves to enforce their version of the rules by instigating collisions with people who ride bicycles through the park.
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Hit-and-run in Waterfront Park shows disturbing lack of conscience

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on August 24th, 2015 at 11:53 am

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Paths are for slow riding.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Reader Spencer B (not that Spencer B) shared a disturbing story with us earlier this month. A man riding a bike in Waterfront Park just south of the Steel Bridge, rode his bicycle into another person and just kept on going.

Here’s what happened, via an email from Spencer:

This morning while riding to work I witnessed an accident where the cyclist hit and knocked over a pedestrian and just kept going. I stopped to check on her. She was a 70ish woman who was probably from out of town and doesn’t know the dangers of the Esplanade in the morning.
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Support builds for walking and biking improvements on east side of Naito Parkway (updated)

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on May 12th, 2015 at 3:29 pm

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Even where it isn’t blocked, Naito’s existing goatpath often spills over during festivals.
(Photo: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

A week after Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick’s office called out Naito Parkway for failing to provide “a minimum level of safety for the traveling public” along Waterfront Park, other central-city institutions are weighing in.

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As festival season begins, Naito’s bike lanes are walkers’ only refuge

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on May 7th, 2015 at 9:48 am


Not the best place for a stroller.
(Photos: M.Andersen/BikePortland unless noted)

Another summer is on the way, and the story is familiar: Waterfront Park has become such a success that people on foot are spilling onto the bed of Naito Parkway, the five-lane street that runs beside it.

During festivals like the Cinco de Mayo event that wrapped up Tuesday, the park is fenced off by barriers that are typically dragged right up to the curb, forcing the many people walking to the festival to use the bike lane — and forcing the many people biking on Naito directly into car traffic.

But though the problem isn’t new, more people seem to be wondering this spring if something could be done about it.

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As full waterfront loop reopens, here’s an endless GIF of riding Portland’s gem

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on December 2nd, 2014 at 3:21 pm

Keep on trucking.
(GIF by Will Vanlue)

After a year of seismic upgrade work to the firehouse just north of the Hawthorne Bridge’s east landing, Portland’s Eastbank Esplanade is fully open once again.

Though the detour was less than a city block, it’s been a long construction period for the ring that’s sometimes referred to, along with Waterfront Park, as Portland’s “inner loop.” Just south of the Hawthorne, the Esplanade was also closed near OMSI for much of the last year as part of TriMet’s work on the new Tilikum Crossing bridge.
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City will install signs in Waterfront Park to discourage unsafe riding

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on September 17th, 2014 at 4:56 pm

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The path in Waterfront Park is no place
to be riding fast.
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland

With the BTA’s Bike Commute Challenge in full swing and warmer than usual weather sticking around, there’s a lot of bike traffic in and around downtown Portland these days. Especially on the Waterfront Park path, which is also popular with joggers, tourists, walkers, and lots of other types of users.

Concerns about unsafe passing and crowded conditions have spurred the Portland Parks Bureau to partner with the Bureau of Transportation to install signs encouraging faster bike riders to use Naito Parkway and all others to ride slowly and use caution when the path is crowded. They’re calling the path a “Pedestrian Priority Zone.”

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PSU grad students want to ‘Activate’ Waterfront Park

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on April 24th, 2014 at 11:15 am

Waterfront Park is typically considered a bright spot in Portland’s urban planning legacy. And it should be. After all, it used to be an urban freeway known as Harbor Drive that was closed in 1974. In its place is the tree-lined park we now enjoy and that has become one of the city’s best public spaces.

But how can take Waterfront Park from good to great? How can we make it a more attractive and accessible place for all Portlanders? Those are some of the questions being asked by a new project dubbed “Activate the Waterfront“.

The effort is being led by Watermark Planning, which is six graduate students from Portland State University’s vaunted Master’s of Urban and Regional Planning program (MURP). They’ve partnered up with city agencies (including Portland Parks and Recreation and the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability) to develop a Downtown Portland Waterfront Activation Plan. The project is a six-month endeavor that will fulfill the student’s degree capstone requirement.[Read more…]

Reader story: “I hit a kid with my bike yesterday”

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on August 23rd, 2012 at 1:19 pm

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Bicycling on the paths in Waterfront Park is how many Portlanders get from point A to point B. But they’re also popular with tourists, people strolling during the lunch hour, jogging, and so on.

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Friday Photos: Cherry blossoms on the Waterfront

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on April 8th, 2011 at 10:22 am

This woman decided to take a closer look at the rows of blooming cherry trees in Waterfront Park.
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