Man claims he was victim of booby trap on Willamette River Greenway path

It happened on this path as it goes under the Sellwood Bridge.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

We’ve received information about another intentional act of violence against users of off-street paths.

Justin D. contacted us this week to share a harrowing story about what he refers to as a “booby trap” on the Willamette River Greenway Trail.

Justin says he was riding his electric skateboard (a.k.a. “e-board”) on the path under the Sellwood Bridge (on the west side of the river) on Friday night around 11:30 pm when the incident occurred. He says a trip-wire was placed across the path and it caused him to crash violently. He wasn’t seriously injured and credits a helmet for saving his life.

Here’s how Justin describes what happened (photos of his injuries and damage to his helmet below):

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Portion of Willamette Greenway Trail closes; erosion suspected

Buffered Bike Lane with a bike symbol and arrow pointing forward
Willamette Greenway Trail closure-5

Gates around damaged trail prevent
through bike traffic.
(Photos © J. Maus)

A portion of the Willamette Greenway Trail north of the Steel Bridge is closed to biking and walking due to an erosion problem that is causing the paved trail to crack and sink into the river. A handwritten, “Sidewalk closed – Use Naito” sign has been posted on a locked gate just north of the railroad tracks at the southern end of the closure.

According to Portland Parks spokesperson Beth Sorensen, that segment of trail is maintained by the McCormick Pier Condominium homeowners association, which took over maintenance responsibilities from the City of Portland in 2002.

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Willamette Greenway Trail heads to Planning Commission

npGreenway Trail community meeting

Metro trail planner Mel Huie and
npGreenway core member Pam
Arden at a 2007 meeting.
(Photo © J. Maus)

Tonight, the Portland Planning Commission — a nine-member body appointed by the Mayor that advises the city on all planning issues — will hold a public hearing for the “North Reach” phase of Portland’s River Plan.

The River Plan is a massive planning project for all land along the Willamette River in Portland.

Buried among the many volumes and reams of pages in the North Reach section of the plan is language that would help establish easements and official policy for the northern section of the Willamette River Greenway Trail (which currently ends at the Steel Bridge).

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Tonight (or online): Tell Metro where to spend $28 million in federal funds

Buffered Bike Lane with a bike symbol and arrow pointing forward

Imagine the Willamette Greenway
Trail extending the Esplanade
to St. Johns.
(Photo: Scott Mizee/npGreenway)

It’s that time of year again when Metro seeks your comments on how they should spend millions of dollars in federal funds through their regional flexible funding program (also known as MTIP, the Metropolitian Transportation Improvement Program).

A key part of that process is gathering public comment so decision makers at Metro can make the most informed choices on how to spend $21.6 million. Sounds like a lot of money right? Well, the rub is that Metro has received applications for projects totaling $57.8 million — so that means they need your help to whittle down the list (JPACT, a Metro advisory committee has thankfully set a minimum of $7.2 million that must be spent on bike/ped projects).

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