Create Neighborhood Greenways

Imagine streets where people have first priority. Walking and playing, talking and strolling with bicycles passing by and motor vehicles traveling safely. Now imagine a network of these safe neighborhood streets that provide low-stress, efficient connectivity between neighborhoods and destinations. We want to build on the success of Portland’s neighborhood greenway network that creates streets with a mix of traffic control such as speed bumps, bulb outs and traffic diverters.

It is time to take a region-wide approach that covers our neighborhoods with efficient, safe networks of neighborhood greenways that connect to destination rich commercial corridors from Gresham to Forest Grove, from Kenton to Milwaukie.



The City of Milwaukie will soon have a multi-use path 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 bicycle from their homes to downtown businesses or these new transportation and recreation amenities.

Monroe Street is parallel to busy SE King Street in Milwaukie and connects with 82nd Ave, 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 of downtown Milwaukie is common sense. The BTA is excited to help catalyze neighborhood greenways through this project to carry over to areas throughout Clackamas County.

NE 7th to SE 9th Corridor

A bicycle and pedestrian bridge across I-84 could provide the continuous north-south route that inner Portland needs. NE 7th Avenue would provide a safe route north from the highway and NE/SE 9th Avenue would provide a safe, low-traffic route to the south.

We predict that this corridor — connecting the Lloyd District, burgeoning inner eastside industrial district, neighborhoods like Powell and Brooklyn, and newly built streetcar and light-rail stations — would quickly become one of Portland’s most heavily used and important neighborhood greenways.

Washington County

According to the 2009 National Household Travel Survey 41% of Washington County trips are under 3 miles. With a neighborhood greenway network, many of these trips could easily be made by bicycle rather than in a motor vehicle.

Many of the neighborhoods in Washington County can be connected through neighborhood greenway-style improvements, connections through cul-de-sacs, and wayfinding signage in neighborhoods. Such facilities are an inexpensive way to compensate for the gaps in the non-motorized transportation network on major streets in Washington County.

We want to see Washington County build at least fifteen miles of neighborhood greenways by 2018.

East Portland

The Portland Bureau of Transportation is planning nearly thirty miles of neighborhood greenways in East Portland, but this will not achieve the goal of the Portland Bicycle Plan for 2030 which calls for 80% of Portland’s population to live within ½ mile of a low-stress street.

East Portland is home to over a quarter of the population of Portland but the rates of walking, bicycling, and transit use in East Portland are far lower than the city average. Many places in Portland east of 82nd Avenue lack features that make walking and bicycling an option. We must prioritize building neighborhood greenways in East Portland to provide transportation options that are desirable and affordable.