5 Reasons the Portland Milwaukie Light Rail Project already Rocks!

Crossing the Hawthorne on the #4 looking south toward the Marquam, Tilikum, and Ross Island Bridges.

Crossing the Hawthorne on the #4 looking south toward the Marquam, Tilikum, and Ross Island Bridges. (click the image for full size image, or the respective bridge names for their Wikipedia entry)

I left about 11:30am today to get some lunch and take care of some coding, video taking, and some exploration. I’d been meaning to get into Milwaukie to check out how the work has been going on the Portland Milwaukie Light Rail (PMLR) line. I also wanted to snap some photos and video of the area. It turned out, I was in luck. I was able to get a lot of this done along with getting a few shots and commentary put together for numerous different parts of the Portland Milwaukie Light Rail line.

So here are a few of my discoveries…

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Clinton Street @ 28th : Commenting on the 2035 Comprehensive Plan

28th & Clinton (click for full size image)

28th & Clinton (click for full size image)

Another comment I left on the Comprehensive plan went like this,

“This is another node that is great now. However it is another reason I left the neighborhood because the commute through this area on bike just got to be too frustrating. Traffic would pile up coming from Powell and from Division, sometimes diverted or just people cutting from 39th/Cesar Chavez through Clinton as a bypass from Division. In the process adding traffic that isn’t stopping at the businesses and decreasing the safety and calmness of the street as a regular residential street. It made commuting and actually enjoying a cup of coffee out on some of the sidewalk tables less than enjoyable some days. On a calm Sunday with low traffic the ideal condition of the street with cyclists calmly riding up for coffee, a movie showing or such at Clinton St Theater or other activity is great. But the last 2 years has been annoying (and that’s putting it kindly) to be able to enjoy the area with the rush hour traffic dragging on throughout the week.

Summary: A diverter here is need desperately to make this NOT a cut through street for Powell to Division AND to prevent the through traffic using Clinton as an arterial instead of Division (or Powell).”

Get Involved in Helping to Plan the Future of Portland! The Comprehensive Plan 2035…

The 2035 Comprehensive Plan is currently being commented on for the city of Portland. The idea is to go to the plan site located at http://www.portlandmaps.com/bps/cpmapp2/. The main page when you arrive will look something like this…

View the Map

View the Map

Click on “View the Map” and the map will then render. Zoom in to the area you’d like to leave comments, such as your neighborhood. You’ll see color coded spaces within the various areas of town that are up for rezoning and new possibilities. This is where we, the citizens come into play to give input and help provide direction to our city.

Click on any of the areas that are colored that you’d like to leave a comment. In this example I clicked on the central city. Which to note, is part of a different plan that is being setup in a different way, so no comments to be left for this part of the map. Even though there is a View/Comment button toward the bottom left hand side of the view. So I suppose the system might let you actually click that and leave a comment, albeit they likely won’t matter for the central city at this time. So find a different part of the map to click on in your neighborhood.

Click on the downtown core. (click for full size image)

Click on the downtown core. (click for full size image)

Eventually, as I wrote previously in regards to where I’ll eventually be moving, is the outer south east along the PMLR. So I scrolled over in the map to leave comments.

When you find a place you want to comment, just select it and click on the Add / View Comments button.

After clicking Add / View Comments you'll see any existing comments and a + button in the bottom right of the comment box.

After clicking Add / View Comments you’ll see any existing comments and a + button in the bottom right of the comment box.

The first section I commented on 21st & Clinton intersection area. This is the beginning area of an issue I’ve had with this neighborhood as of late. It is also one of the reasons I moved OUT of the Clinton & Division neighborhood area. I left the following comment.

“I recently lived on the Division Corridor and traveled on the Clinton Corridor. I would bike down the bike boulevard or take the #4. Over the last year it’s become extremely cumbersome to live in the area and I moved downtown to my current address. I’d however LIKE to move back into this area in the future, but the Clinton bike boulevard is now a through street (at least motorists behave like it is) while Division is limited access to cyclists (we’re not very welcome on the street, and it generally makes doing business in the area very frustrating for someone who prefers to use only transit or bicycle (out of choice, I make more than enough money to buy a car but I won’t). I also, years ago lived on 21st & Powell and moved form there because of the 21st Street being used as a north south between Division and Powell – people would speed through this area of town all the time, making it dangerous for children.

Summary: I’d really like to see a diverter, starting here preventing Division St traffic from turning here onto Clinton Street. I realize there needs to be a north south route but I’m not even a big fan of motorists tearing down the street here from Division to Powell (which they do regularly). So setting up some type of Diverter to control the routing of through traffic could turn this back into a respectable traffic flow and dramatically help the area in increasing its “town center” feel and function.”

…as I leave more comments, I’ll post them here for further comment by you dear readers. Feel free to add comments here (which we can discuss) but definitely go leave YOUR comments on the map. Be constructive, be helpful, and let’s help build Portland into an even more active, friendly, well built and awesome city!

A Dozen+ Reasons Not to Move to Portland!

If you’re looking to move to Portland and you love the suburban home you have.

Don’t move here.

If you hate coffee, tea, beer or other related craft beverages.

Don’t move here.

If you’re looking to move to Portland because of a job, and don’t like to be outdoors.

Don’t move here.

If you’re looking to move to Portland because you like sunny weather, heat, snow, or clear skies.

Don’t move here.

If you like owning automobiles as a hobby.

Don’t move here.

If you don’t like bicycles, bicycling, or being around bicyclists.

Really don’t move here.

If you hate walking or being active throughout the course of a day.

Don’t move here.

If you don’t like transit options, hate Riding Transit or think trains are dumb.

Don’t move here.

If you like to spend a lot of time in your car.

Don’t move here.

If you love Republican ideology.

Don’t move here.

If you hate being involved in community, in the neighborhood or knowing your neighbors.

Don’t move here.

If any of these things are core tenants in your life, you’ll hate it living in the city of Portland. However, you probably could move to Beaverton, Gresham or one of the metropolitan suburbs and maybe be ok. But even the suburbs here are different in many ways than standard American suburbs. You’ll likely still be involved in your neighborhood. You’ll probably decrease the amount of driving you do even outside of the city in the suburbs here.

Thousands of Cyclists at Bridge Pedal

Thousands of Cyclists at Bridge Pedal

Tomorrow, I’ll line up the reasons why someone interested in moving to Portland may actually want to do just that. Until then, it’s raining again so I’m gonna go ride the MAX with my bike in it and then grab a drink os some coffee. Cheers!

Answering the Call… Bikeway on 3rd Ave

Today after biking a bit, taking care of the work day, and handling a few other things I’ll be answering the call for volunteers with Better Block PDX. We’re working on materials and constructing items needed to make 3rd Street Cycle Track Bike Lane Redesign a success! The residents could benefit, the businesses, the city, the cyclists going through the area – you name it. This could be a huge win for the area!

Have We Ridden Together? We Ought To…

Biking... (Guess where this is?)

Biking… (Guess where this is?)

I was just reading about a new way to measure cycling success. It wasn’t based on data or anything of that means. It’s much more simple then that. The measurement is just a mere notion of how many people you’ve met while biking. How many people you’ve introduced to cycling. Simply, how much more experience you’ve had in life from cycling.

Biking...  (can you guess where this is?)

Biking… (can you guess where this is?)

It made me ponder all those questions and ask myself, “have you ridden with me?” Because if not, we really ought to have a ride sometime. Do you ride? Even if you don’t, brush the dust off of that bike and let’s roll off to somewhere. Let’s take a ride to grab a beer or watch the river or catch some music or just shoot the shit. There’s more than a few things to do, more than a few places to go in Portland. If you’re not in Portland there’s still a good chance we ought to ride, because wherever I go I’ll likely have a bike, and we should take a ride.

Seriously, ping me @transitsleuth, let’s ride. If there is any hesitation, ping me anyway and I’ll fix that hesitation for you. First round is on me…  cheers!

Biking in Copenhagen...

Biking in Copenhagen…