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City planning -- Oregon -- Portland, Transportation, Cycling -- Route choice, Cycling -- Oregon -- Portland


SE Clinton is a popular bicycle route for commuter, utilitarian and recreational bicyclists that fails to provide a safe and direct connection to the Eastbank Esplanade and downtown Portland. Furthermore, residents in the Hosford-Abernethy and Brooklyn neighborhoods do not have a safe bicycle and pedestrian connection to access the Eastbank Esplanade. This gap in the bicycle and pedestrian network must be removed to serve the needs of bicyclists and pedestrians.

This project presents four alternative bicycle and pedestrian routes that connect the Eastbank Esplanade and the SE Clinton bikeway through the Central Eastside Industrial District. Each alternative, with improvements, is evaluated based on five criteria, and a preferred route is recommended.

This area is dominated by industrial land uses. Particular hazards to bicyclists and pedestrians include an active main line railroad corridor, a high volume of heavy truck traffic, and wide intersections designed to accommodate trucks.

Recent literature and technical documents were reviewed to guide our assessment of the study area and formulation of five evaluation criteria. Existing conditions were documented, and four route alternatives were identified. Each route is described in full detail in the study.

A preferred route was selected based on the evaluation criteria. The preferred route utilizes existing bicycle routes, wide sidewalks and signalized intersections, and avoids the most hazardous streets and intersections. A long term recommendation is made as well, which is largely dependent on changing land uses and the introduction of light rail in the railroad corridor.

This project was conducted under the supervision of Connie Ozawa and Deborah Howe.


Client: Portland Office of Transportation


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