SW Trails PDX

SW Trails is a community group which promotes walking and biking in southwest Portland, Oregon by:

  1. Leading regular monthly hikes
  2. Organizing volunteer work parties to build and maintain trails
  3. Developing new walking and biking opportunities (e.g. the 4-T trail, the Red Electric trail) by working with city, county and state planners.
    City-wide Trails Policy is SW Trails’ vision of what the future of trails should be in Portland.
  4. Advocating for walking/biking.
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Robert Hamilton wrote letter of support for Red Electric and other SW Trails projects

Robert Hamilton wrote a letter of support for the Red Electric and other SW Trails projects to the Portland city officials (PSC@portlandoregon.gov,TSP@portlandoregon).

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SW Trails urges you to send letter to Portland city officials

Deadline for submitting comments on the City of Portland Comprehensive Plan and the Transportation System Plan (a part of the Comp Plan) is 5 pm March 9th 2015.

The Comprehensive Plan is a very important document as it guides all the infrastructure planning and construction as well as the zoning and all the special uses around the city. It has not been updated for many many years.

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Another letter supporting trails in SW Portland

From: Tim Davis <pdxfan@gmail.com>
Date: February 25, 2015 at 22:43:58 PST
To: trails@portlandoregon.gov, PSC@portlandoregon.gov, TSP@portlandoregon.gov
Subject: Supporting a substantial public trail system in SW Portland–and a quick completion of the Red Electric trail

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SW Trails monthly meeting February 26

Agenda for Thursday Feb 26, 2014 7pm @ Watershed In Hillsdale 6388 SW Capitol Hwy
Approval of Agenda
Presentation: BES Proposed work on SW Stevenson and SW Hamilton
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January 22, 2014 SW Trails Minutes

SW Trails PDX
Monthly Meeting and Annual Membership Meeting Minutes
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Transportation System Plan(TSP) – letter from Laura Foster

From: Laura Foster <lauraobfoster@gmail.com>
Date: February 23, 2015 at 12:57:15 PST
To: PSC@portlandoregon.gov, TSP@portlandoregon.gov
Cc: Don Baack <baack@q.com>
Subject: Red Electric


I’m a Portland writer who, through my guidebooks, has made a living off the well-designed pedestrian infrastructure in the City. I’m writing to ask you to continue the excellence by addressing the deficits in walking resources in Southwest Portland.
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Valentine’s day picture on SW Trails walk

Valentine's Day 2015 - A record number of walkers joined the walk in which Rick Kappler led the group through the neighborhoods west of Gabriel Park.

Valentine’s Day 2015 – A record number of walkers joined the walk in which Rick Kappler led the group through the neighborhoods west of Gabriel Park.

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SATURDAY, MARCH 14, 9:00 am

The March 14 walk will be led by Pete Schmierbach.  From Wilson High School we will carpool to the  Lewis & Clark law school parking lot. The walk will be 5.5 miles and around 700 ft. elevation gain. Continue reading

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Draft SW Trails Policy – February 24, 2015

SW Trails has created an updated proposal for a “Community-Initiated Trails Process”. This proposal is a response to the Portland Bureau of Transportation draft of “Community-Initiated Trails Process” of November 2014. PBOT asked for comments on their document at this website.

SW Trails has also created a summary of the changes between the SW Trails version and  the original PBOT document. The cover letter that SW Trails sent to PBOT describes these changes as well.

This proposal (Feb 24, 2015) replaces earlier versions of the SW Trails proposals.

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Red Electric Trail Newsletter – Winter 2015

The Red Electric Trail Newsletter tells about recent activity that SW Trails has initiated  toward making the Red Electric Trail a reality.

SW Trails has also compiled a brief history of the planning for the Red Electric that has gone on for the last 10 or 15 years.


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