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Clackamas Wants to Know Where You Want to Go

Clackamas County has launched a “virtual open house” for development of their Active Transportation Plan and they want your input!

There are two components to the open house:

The Cazadero Trail would run alongside Deep Creek Canyon (photo: Oregonian)

The Cazadero Trail would run alongside Deep Creek Canyon (photo: Metro)

Please take some time to contribute to both. The county wants to know what routes are most attractive to you and if the alignment they show looks right.

If you don’t have opinions about all of the routes, that’s okay. Here’s how you can weigh in:

  1. Click on the images, below, for the corridors containing the projects you’re interested in.
  2. Find the route line for the project you’re interested. Note that each corridor contains multiple routes, and you may need to click around to find the one you’re looking for.
  3. Once you found the right project, click “add comment” and add your comment on the left.
  4. If applicable, select “Best PAT route” in the “category” pull-down below the comments field, indicating that the project should be the top priority in its corridor.
  5. Click “create comment” and you’re done!

Here are the ones that we’re most excited about. We strongly encourage adding positive comments to these routes, and we believe each route listed below should be the top priority for each corridor. The first three are identified as top priorities in our Blueprint for World Class Bicycling, and the fourth – the Newell Creek Canyon Trail – is an exciting idea for a connector between downtown Oregon City, Clackamas Community College, and other points south.

Cazadero
Corridor 4The Cazadero Trail
Clackamas’ small towns are eager to attract tourist dollars. Thanks to the county’s tourism office, there is a growing interest in promoting bike tourism. Few projects are as big a regional draw as The Cazadero Trail could be. By picking up where the Springwater Corridor Trail leaves off, the proposed Cazadero extension would connect Portland all the way to Estacada on a car-free railroad grade via Deep Creek Canyon. Coupled with rail trails to the west such as the Salmonberry Trail and the Banks-Vernonia Trail, this trail brings us one step closer to a continuous off-street route between Mt. Hood and the Oregon Coast.

I-205 Gap
Corridor 5I-205 Gap
The I-205 Gap is a one mile gap that severs Oregon City and Clackamas from one of the region’s most important multi-use paths. Closing the gap would provide off-street, low-stress access to Clackamas Regional Center, MAX Green Line stops, the Springwater Corridor Trail, the Marine Drive Path, and Vancouver, WA. During our public input sessions for creation of the blueprint, this project was a resounding favorite for obvious reasons.

Monroe
Corridor 7 - Monroe Neighborhood Greenway
Planning has already begun for construction of Milwaukie’s first neighborhood greenway. The portion east of the city line, however, is in unincorporated Clackamas County. In order for the Monroe Greenway to reach its full potential, the county must prioritize continuing this low-traffic, low-stress route east to provide access to destinations on 82nd Ave and the I-205 path. NOTE: the BTA encourages the county to keep the route on SE Monroe east of 72nd. Consider suggesting that in your comments.

Newell Creek
Corridor 11Newell Creek Canyon Trail
Thanks to great work by the Oregon City Trail Alliance, Oregon City is seriously considering an off-street alternative to 213 for trips from downtown to Clackamas Community College and points south. It has potential to tie in to Metro-owned greenspace in Newell Creek Canyon where efforts are underway to build support for hiking and mountain bike trails.

These are just four of the many exciting routes in this virtual open house. Please take some time to comment on all your favorites within the next few weeks!

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