Last Tuesday evening the BTA’s own Carl Larson led a ride around Milwaukie to discuss some planned, proposed, and potential changes to make the area safer, more convenient, and more accessible for bikes. A number of Milwaukie residents showed up along with residents of Portland and surrounding towns.
Carl’s introductions to potential changes led to detailed discussions of the projects and what they would entail. Many of the riders were clearly passionate and well-informed about the area and contributed their own expertise and knowledge to the ride, including two Milwaukie city planners, a Milwaukie City Council member, and a coordinator of Bike Milwaukie. Others showed up because they didn’t know much about Milwaukie and were interested in learning about the town and proposed changes. It was great to see people from both backgrounds at the ride.
The route went right along Monroe Street, one of the areas included in the Blueprint projects. At the moment, Monroe feels like a road where cars take priority. The BTA is looking forward to seeing Monroe become a neighborhood greenway, where pedestrians and bike riders can feel safe and welcome.