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Connecting Green Tour - Sullivan's Gulch

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Please join Metro Parks & Greenspaces, the Sullivan's Gulch Corridor Trail Committee, Gateway Green, and TriMet for the summer's 5th and final regional trail tour. Community partners and agency staff will lead this hour-and-a-half lunchtime walk along this proposed linkage in our trail network. The City of Portland and Metro will soon begin a feasibility study for the trail alignment.

Tour participants will ride MAX free-of-charge to Gateway, where we will walk along the I-205 Trail to the site of the Gateway Green vision - an East Portland placemaking effort to utilize 35 acres of undeveloped land at the confluence of I-84 and I-205 for outdoor recreation.

Wednesday, September 17. Meet at 11:30 am at Metro Regional Center South Entrance, on the corner of Lloyd Blvd and Grand Ave. The tour will return to Metro by 1 pm.

RSVP to robert.spurlock@oregonmetro.gov or (503) 813-7560.

For more information about the Sullivan's Gulch Corridor Trail, go to http://www.sullivansgulchtrail.org/

For more information about Gateway Green, go to http://deainc.com/docs/Vision%20Document%20FINALCOMPL_51508.pdf

Bikes, Buses, and Trains: Sharing the Road

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From TriMet TV:

When buses, trains and bikes share the road, it's even more important to practice safe driving and safe riding. Cyclists can help by following a few simple "rules of the road."

In downtown, it is especially important to be aware of buses and trains while biking, as many vehicles are sharing smaller spaces.  However, downtown traffic speeds are slow which allows bikes to share the road much more comfortably than on high-speed streets. 

*Did you know that the traffic lights downtown are timed for about 11 mph?  It's easy to keep up with traffic on your bike at that speed.  Plus, if you go that fast (slow?) you can catch green lights all the way across downtown!

Check out TriMet's nifty video on bike-bus-train love:

Eye to Eye

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New public safety campaign launched for road users

The Bicycle Transportation Alliance and a host of other community organizations have teamed up to launch a new public safety campaign, "Eye to Eye: Start Seeing Everyone."

The campaign officially kicked off last month with a press conference near the west end of the Broadway Bridge.  The BTA hopes the message will help improve road safety and increase awareness and respect for all road users.

There are a list of events and volunteer opportunities on the Eye to Eye home page.

Keep your eyes open out there!

Who's driving downtown?

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!