Big Ideas are Flowing. What are yours?

The BTA’s Project Advisory Council and some select invitees had an impressive brainstorm last Tuesday night. The topic: what should be the our top project priorities as laid out in our next Blueprint for Better Biking? Put another way, what projects would do the most to make bicycling safer and more accessible?

Some very exciting ideas came out of the four groups we split the room into. We asked each group to come up with their top three choices but a few made longer lists because there were too many to choose from.

Have a look below at what they came up with, and read on at the end to learn about the final four public input sessions we’re hosting, beginning with one tomorrow, December 4th, in Tigard.


Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland

Group 1

  • North Portland Greenway
  • Inner east side North-South Route (ideally a protected facility on MLK/Grand and a greenway on 7th, including a bridge over I-84 at 7th)
  • Improved bikeways east of I-205

Group 2

Group 3

  • West-side routes connecting to the Sellwood Bridge (MUP from Lake Oswego, improved MUP from Portland, improved route through Riverview Cemetery)
  • Protected Bikeway on SW Barbur Blvd.
  • Better connections to the US 26 trail on the west side (from downtown and from neighborhoods to the north and south)
  • Stop the current Columbia River Crossing project

Group 4

  • Improvements to the I-205 Path (particularly in Clackamas)
  • Cycletracks on NE/SW Broadway and NE Weidler
  • Bike and Pedestrian connections / cut-throughs in non-gridded suburban areas
  • Protected Bikeway on NE Sandy Blvd.


Over the next two weeks we’ll be conducting input sessions in Oregon City, Tigard, Gresham, and Portland. We want to hear your ideas. Join us!

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