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Waterfront Path News

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Detour and makeover in the works

The waterfront path along the west side of the Willamette River in downtown is undergoing construction near the Burnside Bridge.  The construction project will bring a new plaza to the path and changes to Saturday Market, which used to take place underneath the Burnside Bridge just west of Naito Parkway.

Because of the current construction, the waterfront path has a detour that takes users around the construction and close to Naito.  Bicyclists and pedestrians should use caution in this area (and anytime they are in a congested area) as the detour is narrow with less visibility than users are probably used to.

The Portland Development Commission has more on the waterfront plaza project on the project's webpage.

 

Potential rendering of the project area

       Area of construction and detour

Tabor to the river

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Saturday, September 6

Join us on the Tabor to the River bike ride!

 

Saturday, September 6 -  1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Meet at Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church, SE 55th Ave. and Belmont St.

Free // Moderately-paced ride  //  6.7 miles long  //  Helmets required

 

 

Come early for a free raffle ticket - tour starts promptly at 1:00.

Call Anne Nelson at 503-823-2584 to register.

 

We will tour rain gardens, bike boulevards, eco-roofs, and other neighborhood features designed to protect the watershed, encourage sustainable community, and enhance livibility.

Bikes, trailers, and tag-alongs welcome.  Ride not recommended for kids under 12 on their own bikes unless very experienced.

Click here for more information!

 

MAX Service Interruption This Weekend

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Between Gateway and Lloyd Center

TriMet is updating old light rail track this weekend between Gateway Transit Center and the Lloyd Center. Shuttle buses will carry passengers between stations. Plan ahead to allow an extra 10 to 20 minutes for your trip. 

Three stations will be closed:

  • Hollywood/NE 42nd Ave
  • NE 60th Ave 
  • NE 82nd Ave

For more information see TriMet's annoucement.

Ride Away From Work Ride!

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It's Bike Commute Challenge month.  You've ridden to work.  It's 6:00 p.m. Now what?

Ride Away From Work!  That's what.

Ride home during the Bike Commute Challenge with other Challenge-takers.  Meet at Park Blocks; groups will leave for each quadrant (N, NE, SE, SW).  Helmets required.

Tuesday, September 9,  6 - 8 pm

 

Meet at Park Block, SW Park between Salmon & Main

 

Contact Timo Forsberg with questions

503-823-7699

Who's driving downtown?

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Not us!

From the Vancouver Sun (British Columbia):

"It's finally time to turn over a new leaf and walk at least part of the way to work. You can drive part of the way and walk the rest or combine walking and transit. You will burn calories. You will not pollute. You will feel a bit smug.

And this month there will be thousands like you -- burned by high gas prices, frustrated by traffic congestion, given the finger once too often - tramping to work in the morning mist.

Evidence is ample that the revolution has already come to the City of Vancouver. Most trips in the downtown area (60 per cent) include walking or a combination of transit, cycling or walking."

That's darn good.  Did you know that Portland is right up there too?

According to the latest Portland Business Alliance business survey, 52% of Portland's downtown commutes are by transit, biking, or walking.  Of course, that leaves us some room to get more of our co-workers trying a new mode.

Remember: information is power.  So tell your co-workers about SmartTrips Downtown so they can be powerfully informed!