In 2007 the City of Milwaukie undertook a complete re-write of it’s Transportation System Plan (TSP). The TSP is a document which prioritizes and guides the direction of future transportation projects within the city for all modes of transit; automobile, freight, public transit, pedestrian, and bicycle. This process included over 100 residents, many, many meetings, and hours of staff time to complete. The end result was a good plan, in which many residents felt like they had been heard, and their ideas incorporated into the plan so that the whole transportation system would be improved to support livability in Milwaukie.
One result of the TSP was a more thoughtful and robust plan for how to move people on bicycles through Milwaukie. Our TSP lays out a small, but effective network of Neighborhood Greenways (formerly called Bike Boulevards) to safely connect pedestrians and bicyclists through the city on low speed, and low volume streets. The improvements needed to create this safe network of streets has yet to be built out. Over the course of 2013 the City made a series of revisions to the TSP
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2) Contact the City Council and tell them why you care about safer bike and pedestrian infrastructure.
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3) Attend your monthly Neighborhood meeting and other City meetings and speak up.
Below are the Neighborhood Greenways as laid out in the Transportation System Plan
The City of Milwaukie will soon have a multi-use path (17th Ave) and a light-rail line running through its downtown providing connections to the north and south. The bulk of Milwaukie residents live east of downtown and there are no quiet routes for those wishing to walk or bicycle from their homes to downtown businesses or these new transportation and recreation amenities.
Monroe Street is parallel to busy SE King Rd and Harrison in Milwaukie and connects with 82nd Ave, I-205 MAX, and the I-205 path. With neighborhood greenway treatments, Monroe could become the much needed east-west route for families and less-experienced riders. Connecting residential Milwaukie to the businesses, schools, trails and trains to the east or in downtown Milwaukie is common sense.
Running from Rail Road Ave in the South, to the Springwater Trail & Johnson Creek Blvd in the North, Stanley Ave is outlined in Milwaukie's Transportation System Plan as a primary North/South Neighborhood Greenway. It also crosses the proposed Monroe Neighborhood Greenway. Stanley runs in close proximity to Linwood and Lewelling Elementary Schools making it a prime Safe Routes to Schools route. One difficult, offset crossing at King Road would need some creative engineering to ensure a safe crossing for cyclist and pedestrians.
Running from Balfour Street in the South, and connecting to the Springwater Trail in the North, 29th Ave is also outlined in Milwaukie's Transportation System Plan as another North/South Neighborhood Greenway. It could be extended farther South to Harrison if redevelopment of property between Balfour and Stanley ever happens.
Other projects that should be considered:
Railroad Avenue Multi-Use Path
Bike Milwaukie proposes that the City of Milwaukie and other local partners work to create a multi-use path running from the intersection of Oak and Monroe Streets in Milwaukie, paralleling the rail line and Railroad Ave. either on the North or South side of the street. Bicycling or walking along Rail Road Ave is currently impossible due to the lack of shoulders or sidewalks.
As the trail reaches the Harmony/Linwood intersection we propose building an elevated bridge structure over Harmony Rd. to allow free flowing movement of bikes and pedestrians though this difficult intersection. An example of a similar bridge is the middle of the "3 Bridges" on the Springwater Trail, which allows safe passage over 99E.
After crossing the intersection the trail would be on the South side of Hamony Rd, staying on the bluff of the 3 Creeks area, until it connects to Sunnybrook Blvd. where cyclists & pedestrians can continue farther East using the sidewalks or bike lanes that currently exist.
At the West end of the Railroad Avenue Multi-Use Path a connection to the 29th Ave Neighborhood Greenway could easily be made as redevelopment happens in the future, creating a hub of connections to multiple areas of Milwaukie.
Logus Rd- adding Neighborhood Greenway treatments
Logus Road Phase I is the closest thing Milwaukie has to a built-out Neighborhood Greenway, even though it is not considered one by the City. It was the City's first "green street" project with approximately 2,000 linear feet of pervious sidewalks were added on Logus Road between Stanley Avenue and 49th Avenue. The project was designed to slow traffic and incorporated rain gardens to manage stormwater.
The project was jointly funded by the City of Milwaukie, the State of Oregon's Bicycle and Pedestrian Program, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development via a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) award, managed by Clackamas County Community Development. Construction was completed in Summer 2008.
The addition of Sharrows and more traffic calming on Logus, would make Logus Rd even better for all who travel and live there, especially the families and students of Lewelling Elementary School which is located on Logus .
Oak Grove to Lake Oswego- Bicycle & Pedestrian Bridge
During 2013 Clackamas County held a series of online virtual open houses for their Active Transportation Plan. One idea rose above many of the rest to receive a huge number of comments. The idea would be to utilize the existing train trestle or build a new structure between Oak Grove and Lake Oswego for a Bike& Pedestrian crossing of the Willamette River. Even with a huge number of comments, the idea was tossed aside by the County Commissioners. On the right is a screen shot of the map from that Active Transportation Plan virtual open house.
I-205 Bike Path- Filling in the missing gap
Have you ever tried to ride to 205 bike path from Clackamas Town Center area, South to Gladstone? A large section of the path never got built and cyclists are forced onto 82 drive with a decent amount of cars. Filling this missing gap would make this area much safer to navigate on a bike.