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Reeling Parks bureau needs to hear more about off-road cycling

Portland has the space, resources, and volunteers to create a network of “pump tracks” like this one in Ventura Park that was built in 2012. All that’s missing is political will. The Portland Parks & Recreation Bureau had severe budget problems long before a viral pandemic dominated the news. Last year rising personnel costs and flat program revenues forced the agency into bruising cuts to staff levels and operations. One year later and COVID-19 has squandered any chance to right the ship. ...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Parks, Armstrong, Dan Ryan, Portland City Council, Ted Wheeler, Forest Park, Portland Parks Foundation, Jonathan Maus, Off Road Cycling Master Plan, Northwest Trail Alliance, Off-road Cycling, Portland Parks


Last day to comment on the South Park Blocks Master Plan

Graphic from Portland Parks online open house shows proposed cross-section in front of Portland Art Museum. The Portland Parks and Recreation bureau is nearing completion of a master plan that will dictate a new design for the South Park Blocks. (Source: Portland Parks) The planning area is 12-block stretch of downtown between Southeast Salmon and Jackson. The goal is to create a “safe, accessible and welcoming” space for all users — including bicycle riders. Existing conditions on thes...
Tags: South Park, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Broadway, Parks, Park Avenue West, Jonathan Maus, Green Loop, Portland Parks, South Park Blocks, Downtown Neighborhood Association, South Park Blocks Master Plan, Portland Art Museum The Portland, Parks and Recreation bureau, Southeast Salmon


Springwater Corridor closed between Portland and Sellwood

Closures just erected. Photos by @ClareB_PDX and @antoniatamer via Twitter. A popular, three-mile section of the Springwater Corridor path is closed this morning. It’s unclear which agency is responsible or how long the closure will last. Photos tweeted by BikePortland readers this morning show a Portland Parks truck and what looks to be a park ranger along with “STREET CLOSED” signage at the main entrances on SE 4th and Ivon Street and at SE Spokane Street in Sellwood (at Sellwood Bridge). T...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Infrastructure, Cycling, Portland, Closures, Forest Park, Jonathan Maus, Springwater Corridor, Sellwood, Portland Parks And Recreation, Portland Parks, Spokane Street, SE Milwaukie, Springwater Trail, Ivon Street


Springwater Corridor closed between Portland and Sellwood – UPDATED

Closures just erected. Photos by @ClareB_PDX and @antoniatamer via Twitter. A popular, three-mile section of the Springwater Corridor path is closed this morning. It’s unclear which agency is responsible or how long the closure will last. Photos tweeted by BikePortland readers this morning show a Portland Parks truck and what looks to be a park ranger along with “STREET CLOSED” signage at the main entrances on SE 4th and Ivon Street and at SE Spokane Street in Sellwood (at Sellwood Bridge). T...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Infrastructure, Cycling, Portland, Closures, Forest Park, Jonathan Maus, Springwater Corridor, Sellwood, Portland Parks And Recreation, Portland Parks, Spokane Street, SE Milwaukie, Springwater Trail, Ivon Street


Amid sea of closures, Forest Park remains open for business

It’s nearly impossible to ride the Newton Road trail right now without coming into close contact with other people.(Note: Photo taken last year.)(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland) If you think it’s hard to comply with social distancing guidelines on narrow sidewalks and bike lanes in Portland, you should try doing it on singletrack trails in Forest Park. But that hasn’t stopped the City of Portland from keeping the much-loved urban park open. While trails in the Columbia River Gorge and elsewhere ...
Tags: Oregon, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Ross, Metro, Kate Brown, Myers, Germantown, FPC, Columbia River Gorge, Forest Park, Jonathan Maus, Portland Parks Recreation, Portland Mercury


Portland Parks defends the Esplanade, won’t sign-off on ODOT’s I-5 widening plan

(Graphic of shadow over Esplanade with wider I-5 by Cupola Media) “We will no longer be considering signing a letter of concurrence.”— Brett Horner, Portland Parks & Recreation The Portland Parks & Recreation Bureau won’t play ball with the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) when it comes to a key issue surrounding the I-5 Rose Quarter project. Earlier this month the Willamette Week reported on how impacts from the freeway expansion on the Eastbank Esplanade gave the City ...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Parks, Kessler, Eis, Horner, Draft Environmental Assessment EA, ODOT, Oregon Transportation Commission, Willamette Week, Eastbank Esplanade, Jonathan Maus, Alan Kessler, Parks Bureau


Construction begins in March on major improvements to Gateway Green

It’ll get much better.(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland) We love Gateway Green, but it needs a lot more love to reach its potential. The 25-acre bike park and green space in east Portland along a light rail line and bike path where I-84 and I-205 intersect, will be three years old this summer. Yet despite attracting thousands of people and hosting major events, it still doesn’t have a paved gathering area, lights, running water or bathroom facilities. Beginning next month the Portland Parks & R...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Metro, TriMet, Jonathan Maus, Transit Center, Portland Parks, NW Trail Alliance, Portland Parks Recreation Bureau, Gateway Green, Gateway Transit Center, NW Trail Alliance and Friends of Gateway Green, Raimore Construction, Better Red


Parks bureau paves section of Springwater despite ‘clearcut’ concerns

New path without old trees.(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland) Edith Mirante commutes by bike on the Springwater Corridor path right outside the door of her Sellwood neighborhood home. Since she moved there in 2007, the path between Southeast 9th and 11th existed as a goat trail of rocks and dirt alongside rarely used railroad tracks. When Portland Parks & Recreation announced plans to pave the path back in January, Mirante never expected to be the loudest voice in opposition. (Before/after of the...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Streetview, Parks, Metro, Jonathan Maus, Springwater Corridor, Portland Parks Recreation, Sellwood, Mirante, Parks Bureau, Portland Parks, BP Headlines, Sellwood Gap


Portland Parks eyes closures as river levels rise

Willamette River Greenway path south of downtown Portland.(Photo by pdxwheeler) If your bicycling plans involve any paths, bikeways, or roads around the Willamette River, be on the lookout for water. National Weather Service flood level chart for Willamette River in Portland. A BikePortland reader sent in the photo above of the Willamette Greenway Trail south of the South Waterfront area this morning. “The trail has been getting progressively worse this week,” he said. “It’s starting to g...
Tags: Weather, National Weather Service, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Willamette, Flooding, Corvallis, South Waterfront, Willamette River, Eastbank Esplanade, Jonathan Maus, Portland Parks Recreation, PPB, Portland Parks


E-scooters to return next month with tougher regulations on riders and operators

PBOT wants to crack down on sidewalk riding this time around. (Photos: BikePortland) Portland’s second attempt at integrating electric scooters into the mobility mix could get started as early as April 26th. And unlike the 2,000 scooters we had on the streets last year, the Portland Bureau of Transportation will start with 2,500 and estimates we could see as many as 9,000 if enough scooter companies play ball with a host of new regulations. PBOT says if all permits are granted and all operator...
Tags: Oregon, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Ada, Portland Police Bureau, Waterfront Park, Portland Bureau of Transportation, Jonathan Maus, PBOT, Vision Zero Task Force, Portland Parks, BP Headlines, E-scooters, Shared Electric Scooter Pilot Program


Here’s why Portland Parks will install stop signs on the Springwater

Westbound SE Harney Street. ODOT says stop signs are needed on the path because they’re worried vehicle users on streets like this will wait on railroad tracks for path users to cross. When we learned the Portland Parks & Recreation bureau planned to install 10 new stop signs on a newly paved, half-mile section of the Springwater Corridor, several readers contacted us to express their frustration. Illustration by ODOT Rail Division to explain their plans for the Springwater. Stop signs for...
Tags: Oregon, Snow, Sport, Front Page, Infrastructure, Cycling, Federal Highway Administration, ODOT, Oregon Department of Transportation, FHWA, Linn, Jonathan Maus, Springwater Corridor, Portland Parks Recreation, Stop Signs, Portland Parks


New section of Springwater will come with 10 new stop signs for path users

You can thank the ODOT Rail Division. The Portland Parks & Recreation Bureau has started paving a new section of the Springwater Corridor path in Sellwood. This long-awaited project will close one of the last remaining gaps in this important regional path. It’s just a 0.4 mile section of the Springwater between SE Umatilla and 13th; but as any regional trail advocate will tell you, the sum impact is greater than its parts. While it’s good to finally see progress on this segment of the “Sellwoo...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Infrastructure, Cycling, Portland, Portland Police Bureau, Andrew Holtz, Holtz, Gamba, ODOT, Milwaukie, Linn, Jonathan Maus, Springwater Corridor, Stop Signs, Sellwood


PBOT: Better Naito will return three months early this year

Surprise! It’s Better Naito!(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) The Portland Bureau of Transportation has found a way to bring back Better Naito sooner than anyone expected. The agency announced today that Naito Parkway will be upgraded with a protected lane for bicycling and walking from January 28th through the end of September. The early opening comes as the ever-opportunistic PBOT jumped on a chance to provide a safer and more comfortable detour for an upcoming closure of the Eastbank Es...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Infrastructure, Cycling, Parks, Schafer, Hawthorne, Waterfront Park, Portland Bureau of Transportation, Central City, Naito, Jonathan Maus, PBOT, Better Block PDX, Better Naito, Naito Parkway


Parks: Springwater Corridor path to reopen November 1st

New overlook offers views of larger fish culvert on the Springwater Path.(Photo: djstabe) Portland Parks and Recreation Commissioner Nick Fish announced at a press conference this morning that the four-month closure of the Springwater Corridor path will last for just 10 more days. The path — a vital connection for thousands of people who walk and roll between Sellwood and downtown Portland — has been closed since July 9th and is now set to open on-time on November 1st. Portland Parks, the US ...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, US Army Corps of Engineers, Willamette River, Jonathan Maus, BikePortland, Springwater Corridor, Nick Fish, Sellwood, Portland Parks, Bureau of Environmental Services, BP Headlines, Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, Oaks Bottom Enhancement Project


City says e-bike use on park paths is a violation, but it’s not enforced

Portland City Code prohibits e-bike use on paths like the Springwater.(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) Last summer we stumbled upon an inconvenient truth about electric bike use in Oregon State Parks. It turned out that despite their popularity, it was illegal to operate e-bikes on State Park paths and trails. Thankfully, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) acknowledged the outdated rules and the State Parks Commission recently approved new ones that explicitly permit e-bike u...
Tags: Legal, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Ross, Parks, Electric Bikes, Bureau, Thomas, Waterfront Park, Portland City, State Park, Chris Thomas, Oregon State Parks, Eastbank Esplanade


Opinion: Helmets, sidewalks, Segways, other thoughts on e-scooters

They’re already proving popular.(Click to enlarge and read captions)(Photos: Jonathan Maus) I was out of town when e-scooters launched in Portland last week, so yesterday was my first chance to observe them. “The law itself leaves it vague as to how far you can ride it on the sidewalk.”— Charley Gee First. Why does BikePortland even care about scooters? Here are a few reasons: I strolled around Pioneer Square and Waterfront Park to watch and see how these new wheeled vehicles were ...
Tags: Opinion, Oregon, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Waterfront Park, Pioneer Square, Portland City, John Brady, Central City, Jonathan Maus, PBOT, Charley Gee, Portland Parks, BP Headlines


What’s going on with the North Rosa Parks Way project?

With a staggered rollout of key project features, the results of the Rosa Parks project have been a mixed bag thus far.(Photos: Jonathan Maus) “We’re definitely learning some lessons.” — Scott Cohen, PBOT project manager It’s been six weeks since the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) began grinding off pavement and laying down new lane striping as part of the North Rosa Parks Way project. Yet despite weeks of dry weather and no major controversy or pushback (at least that we’ve bee...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Infrastructure, Cycling, Broadway, Martin Luther King Jr, Delaware, Southwest, Cohen, Rosa Parks, Rivera, Hoyt, TriMet, Scott Cohen, Jonathan Maus, PBOT


In off-road plan letter, Parks Board supports trails in Forest Park and River View Natural Area

River View was the site of a big protest after cycling was banned in 2015.(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland) Portland’s Off-road Cycling Master Plan got a shot in the arm today from an influential city advisory committee. The Portland Parks Board expressed strong support for the plan in a letter to Bureau of Planning and Sustainability Director Tom Armstrong. The letter clears the way for Portland City Council to approve the plan — and to push back against those who are using false narratives to opp...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, City Hall, Board, Amanda Fritz, Portland City Council, Ted Wheeler, Portland Tribune, Forest Park, Leif Erikson, Jonathan Maus, Off Road Cycling Master Plan, Bureau of Planning, Off-road Cycling


Carfree Kingston, a rail-trail path and more: New plan puts Washington Park’s future in focus

Defunct Zoo Train tracks as seen from SW Kingston. There’s strong interest in converting this into a paved path.(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland) The updated Washington Park Master Plan that passed unanimously by Portland City Council on March 15th is the plan we need for our central city. Its transportation elements include a vision to: keep cars on the periphery, reduce access for drivers, aggressively encourage transit use, create plaza and green spaces, and build protected paths for cycling an...
Tags: Washington, Sport, Front Page, Infrastructure, Zoo, Cycling, Portland, Kingston, Parks, Metro, Hillsboro, Washington County, Wallace, TMA, Burnside, Washington Park


In nod to off-road cycling, Mayor Wheeler urges Parks Bureau to stay relevant

Mayor Wheeler at the Parks Board meeting last Tuesday. (Photos J. Maus/BikePortland) As they prep for its big day at City Council this spring, the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is in the final stages of their Off-road Cycling Master Plan. The plan has already been over two years in the making and Portlanders have made nearly 900 individual public comments about what type of trails they want and where new trails should go. Now comes the politics and last-minute lobbying. “...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Wheeler, Portland, City Council, Parks, Forbes, Board, Amanda Fritz, Ted Wheeler, Forest Park, Jonathan Maus, Off Road Cycling Master Plan, Northwest Trail Alliance, Congress Center


University of Portland campus expansion puts greenway advocates on edge

University of Portland’s new campus. Advocates are asking, “Where’s the greenway?” When the University of Portland announced a big campus expansion late last month, the question we immediately heard was: Where’s the trail? “The University stands by its commitment to provide an 8′ easement from our property but cannot offer any additional land. The land to complete the trail must come from Union Pacific.”— James Kuffner, University of Portland The North Portland Greenway is a long-planned...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, University, Infrastructure, Cycling, Portland, City Council, Union Pacific, Greenway, Oregon Department of Land Conservation, Union Pacific Railroad, Cynthia Newton, James Kuffner, Portland City Council, Eastbank Esplanade, University Of Portland


Fence abruptly closes access to Willamette Park path at Nevada St

Started to ride downtown Friday from OPB to find workers putting a fence across the trail where it passes RR tracks. Very annoying — particularly when three vehicle crossings with only stop signs are nearby. pic.twitter.com/A7m2TH8GoM — Jeff Mapes (@Jeffmapes) January 8, 2018 UPDATE: ODOT says they didn’t install the fence. Portland Parks says ODOT did. We’ll get it sorted ASAP. The Oregon Department of Transportation Portland Parks & Recreation Bureau (PP&R) has erected a fence across an...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Infrastructure, Cycling, Portland, Nebraska, Nevada, Ross, Parks, Mapes, Oregon Public Broadcasting, ODOT, Jeff Mapes, Jonathan Maus, Portland Water Bureau, Portland Parks Recreation


Weekend Event Guide: Showers Pass sale, trail work, Crusade finale, and more

Trail work should be a part of everyone’s healthy trail riding diet.(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland) The Weekend Event Guide is sponsored by Abus Bike Locks. Thanks Abus! What’s on your list this weekend? The weather looks a bit iffy, but you never know how it’ll end up so you might as well plan to ride. If the national news has dampened your mood, let me make two suggestions: Evalyn Parry’s SPIN, a show about the bicycle’s impact on women; and the two trail work days on Saturday where yo...
Tags: Sport, Features, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Halsey, Tom, Estacada, Jonathan Maus, Springwater Corridor, North Rosa Parks Way, Westmoreland Park, Powell Butte, Albina, Portland Parks, Weekend Event Guide


Updates: Portion of Esplanade path closes, Lafayette Bridge elevator back online (for now)

Esplanade closes, bridge opens (for now). There have been updates to two stories we’ve been following over the weekend. After over 45 days of closure TriMet has found a “temporary fix” for the Lafayette Bridge elevator in the Brooklyn neighborhood. The bridge closed in February due to an issue with moisture in the system that caused the braking mechanism to fail. Last week TriMet said they still hadn’t figured out a solution. On Friday evening we finally heard from them that the elevator is wor...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Brooklyn, Cycling, Willamette, Steel, Southeast Portland, TriMet, Willamette River, Burnside Bridge, Eastbank Esplanade, Steel Bridge, Jonathan Maus, BikePortland, Portland Parks, Portland Parks Recreation PP R


Portion of Esplanade path might have to close due to high water

Current conditions.(Photos: Portland Parks & Rec) The City of Portland Parks and Recreation bureau says the floating portions of the Eastbank Esplanade could close if water levels in the Willamette River continue to climb. Here’s the problem: The section of path just north and south of the Burnside Bridge is tethered to the riverbank. The ramps that lead down to the floating path are fixed. Therefore, as water rises, the path rises above the ramps, creating a sharp incline as seen in the photos...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Infrastructure, Cycling, Noaa, Ross, Parks, Willamette River, Burnside Bridge, Eastbank Esplanade, Jonathan Maus, Mark Ross, Portland Parks, Storm Of 2016, City of Portland Parks and Recreation bureau, NOAA National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association


Portion of Esplanade path might have to close due to high water – UPDATED

Current conditions.(Photos: Portland Parks & Rec) **The path has been closed as of Saturday 3/25. See below for update and statement from Portland Parks & Recreation bureau. The City of Portland Parks and Recreation bureau says the floating portions of the Eastbank Esplanade could close if water levels in the Willamette River continue to climb. Here’s the problem: The section of path just north and south of the Burnside Bridge is tethered to the riverbank. The ramps that lead down to the floati...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Infrastructure, Cycling, Noaa, Willamette, Ross, Parks, Willamette River, Burnside Bridge, Eastbank Esplanade, Steel Bridge, Jonathan Maus, Mark Ross, Portland Parks, Portland Parks Recreation PP R


Portland Parks says “Immunity” ruling won’t impact volunteers at Gateway Green, other sites

Turns out the forthcoming bike park at Gateway Green won’t be “crippled” by a court decision after all. After the Willamette Week published a scary story yesterday about a legal loophole in Oregon law that allows people to sue city employees and volunteers for injuries sustained on City-owned properties, we’ve been trying to learn more about potential impacts to not just Gateway Green but the over 200 other Parks-owned properties around Portland. If other cities due to this loophole, what ...
Tags: Legal, Oregon, City, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Parks, Bureau, Redmond, Oregon Legislature, Willamette Week, Jonathan Maus, Portland Parks Recreation, Parks Bureau, Portland Parks And Recreation


Portland wins $10 million in federal grants for biking/walking projects

This segment of NE 72nd in the Cully neighborhood will get a 12-foot wide walking/biking path. Project locations.(Graphic: Metro) On Thursday the Metro Council unanimously adopted $30 million in grants for 12 transportation projects around the region. Portland won big by garnering $12.8 million of the total awarded. The funds will go toward five different projects — four of which ($10 million worth) are focused specifically on making it easier and safer to bike and walk. Yesterday’s dec...
Tags: Washington, Sport, Front Page, Infrastructure, Cycling, Portland, Clinton, Metro, Prescott, Halsey, Powell, Ogden, Sumner, Hawthorne, Woodward, Thorburn


Parks bureau pledges $2 million for Gateway Green

All the pieces to Gateway Green are finally in place.(Photos by Portland Parks) Christmas has come a bit early for Gateway Green, the 25-acre parcel of land between I-84 and I-205 that’s slated to be Portland’s first bike park (a.k.a. the Dirt Lab). New cycling trails are already taking shape. On Tuesday, Portland Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz and Director Mike Abbaté announced $2 million in System Development Charges (SDCs) will be dedicated to the project — enough money to complete th...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Infrastructure, Cycling, Portland, Max, Amanda Fritz, Jonathan Maus, East Portland, Portland Parks, Mike Abbate


Parks bureau must address homeless campers before trails can be built at Gateway Green

Get used to more of this at Gateway Green.(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland) In the past nine days, over 200 people have chipped in nearly $60,000 toward to the construction of the “Dirt Lab” at Gateway Green. But as excitement builds for the first new singletrack trails in Portland in what seems like forever, advocates and partners behind the project have come face-to-face with one of Portland’s most vexing issues: homelessness. Dozens of people who were just moved from the massive homeless c...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Rangers, Parks, Sullivan, Amanda Fritz, Forest Park, Jonathan Maus, Springwater Corridor, Portland Parks Recreation, Off-road Cycling, Mark Ross, Portland Parks, River View Natural Area