This Wednesday I met up with some of our intrepid volunteers to lead the New Years Day featuring two of our Blueprint projects: the concept of a inner east side neighborhood greenway that would link inner Southeast Portland and the Lloyd District through a NE 7th to SE 9th Corridor and a new, safe crossing over I-84 in Sullivan’s Gulch. These projects are in concept form right now and the ride was an opportunity to showcase the concept and grow support for the community will to get it done.
We were expecting a group the size of the past couple of years’ rides which were around 50 people at the start, dwindling to 30 or so at the end. Imagine my surprise when, by the time we roll out from Waterfront Park across the Hawthorne we have well over 100 people riding with us!
Our next stop was at the bridge that connects SE 9th St over Powell Boulevard, and then we rode to B-Line headquarters for some Portland Roasting coffee. After a short stop we headed north along SE 9th and SE 7th to check out some recommended improvements to the streets around Lloyd Center, and the location of a potential future crossing over I-84.
After this it was the home stretch up NE 7th to Old Town Brewing and the end of our ride. Old Town warmed us up with pizza and beverages. Most of the group stayed with us for the whole ride, and I think we even picked up a couple of people along the way who were just out enjoying the weather.
We want to thank Old Town Brewing for their hospitality, and we definitely want to thank all the BTA members, long-time and new, who came out for the ride! It was fun exploring a route that might become one of Portland’s most popular neighborhood connections.