Greenway is key connection for bike boulevard in north Portland

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BikePortland Reader Nick Welch sent in this photo of the new shared-use path PBOT has built between Westanna and Newell streets in north Portland.

By Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) of BikePortland

The Portland Bureau of Transportation has just completed a new shared-use path as part of their North Portland Connector neighborhood greenway project. The new pathway connects N Westanna Ave to Newell Ave and to the Peninsula Crossing Trail just north of Lombard.

The pathway is a crucial section of PBOT’s east-west bike boulevard that allows people to ride safely across the north Portland peninsula west of Interstate Avenue via a combination of streets including N. Houghton, Dana, and Terry.

Kenton resident Nick Welch works in St. Johns and says this greenway is exactly what he needed. “Now you can finally get across the North Portland peninsula without touching the abomination that is Lombard Street.”

Welch said he’s already been using the Houghton/Dana/Terry greenway, but before this new path was built, he was forced to take the bridge on Lombard over the railroad tracks. Lombard (as all locals know) is an ODOT-owned freight route and high-speed arterial that doubles as the Highway 30 bypass. It’s a street you rarely see people biking on.

Here’s more local knowledge from Nick about how this new path improves his commute: (Read full article)