The purpose of this project is to close the gaps in pedestrian connectivity:
These footpaths typically use unbuilt rights-of-way, UROWs, (platted, but undeveloped streets), not private property. These footpaths will open a whole new dimension to the 'hood. It will take many years to develop an interconnected system of walkways.
The project isn't just to declare that
a Path is Here. The project is to assess the suitability and usefulness of a given path, what must be done to make it safe, etc.
Hopefully SWIM will develop such guidelines.
THE FOLLOWING ASSERTIONS ARE ALL SUBJECT TO VERIFICATION!
Other legal nuances?
Categories nominated - nominated foot path or trail segment. contended - contention over whether path should be open or not. vacated - RoW possibly vacated. terrain - impassable topography obstructed - impassable due to vegetation or structures of one sort or another.
|path||category||path description (all in progress 11/2016)|
|LOBELIA||nominated||Connects between SW 5th and Boones Ferry Road. This path has Beth Israel Cemetery on the north and two residences on the south. The homeowners are supportive. John Miller, et al, maintain the path.|
|ALICE West||nominated||Connects View Point and Brier place.. Anyone living on the north half of Palatine Hill (Alice, 1st-4th) and has to go around a long block to get to/from the College or RVNA. The unimproved ROW has been landscaped by the adjacent landowner. Nominator: Lynn O'Brien Wolfe.|
|5TH AVE||nominated||Connects an isolated segment of 5th AV with Primrose. Useful to People on 'lower' 5th to get to village businesses, and other points via Primrose. This path is not developed. Nominator: John Miller.|
SW COLLINS ST is platted between 4th AV west and Palatine!
Consider these segments:
|ST MARK||nominated||Connects 4th Ave & Collins to Trimet #38/39 bus stop id 5813 on Terwilliger. Path crosses Church Parking lot. Path on asphalt Could be defined or delineated.|
|PLUM||nominated||Connects SW 3rd and SW 4th. Path is currently open to traffic. Upper half is open to vehicles accessing driveway to property on north. A split-rail fence separates the roadway from the foot path on the lower half. Fran said Plum has been vacated. (?)|
|ALICE East||contended||Connects SW 3rd and SW 4th. Blocked by a wall of bamboo and boat trailer at the top. This is more of a community garden with a path through it, than a open footpath. Landscaped by ZA on 4th. Contended by MH and MD on 3rd.|
Reasons given for contention: Campers, stolen yard tools, stolen bike, litter, trash, beer cans, liquor bottles, constant stream of drunk college students, sex in bushes, damaged mailboxes. (Editorial opinions - most of these seem to be college student problems. Also, there are no mailboxes on any foot paths.)
Larger trails, greenways or Urban Trails can be added to the nominations in southwest. No path is too small or large at this stage of the project. You can send email to CollinsView or to ... SWIM at ???
There are numerous paths going in and out of RVNA, RV Cemetery, Tryon, and the College, but they aren't on undeveloped RoWs. How about a crossing for Highway 43 from RVNA to Powers Marine Park?
Homeless camps or nefarious activity. Are there going to be mountain bikes on the footpaths? This needs to be defined.
Footpaths have been used to connect college student party houses in the hood. This is a legitimate concern. However, it's college-related problem. By taking community ownership of public places, and communicating with the college and those houses, we can make our neighborhood a better, and safer place all around.
Someone usually maintains the paths to keep down the weeds. Taking ownership of these spaces would send a message that they are not abandoned — See the Broken Windows Theory.
By designating and maintaining (posting) these public rights-of-ways, one might eliminate the threat of vandalism to adjacent properties, and sheltering of other nefarious activities.
This was pitched to Collins View Neighborhood Association at our October 2016 meeting by Don Baack from SW Trails. All neighborhoods in Southwest Portland are doing this exercise.
The project produce a map of nominated paths to submit to the larger process was approved by the CVNA Board. (CVNA Minutes, October 2016 meeting)
John Miller offered to co-ordinate the Collins View map. If this project really appeals to you, speak up if you'd like to own it! We need a volunteer to be a liaison with SW-Trails SWIM project, and perhaps a hold a meeting or two to prioritize walk way development.
See agenda item in (CVNA Minutes, November 2016 meeting)
History: South West In Motion (SWIM) was started in 1995 to facilitate connectivity in South West neighborhoods. The effort to identify the important trail linkages in our neighborhoods was started as part of the SW Community Plan effort in 1995 but was curtailed by the City in 1998. This is a continuation of that original effort. In addition to addressing trails, SWIM will gather all the potential street/ped/bike projects onto a list then work out the priorities for addressing them in order of priority as funds are available. The east side equivalent resulted in millions of dollars being secured to build infrastructure. — Don Baack 10/25/16
Example Foot Path: The Lobelia Path project is an example of issues with these paths - water runoff, need for steps, buy-in from adjacent owners, and so on. [LINK HERE SOON]
Community Initiated Neighborhood Trails on City website:
List of Recommended Citywide Programs Transportation System Plan Update [ Pedestrian Network Completion]
Active Transportation & Complete Streets Projects, on Metro website: [ Southwest in Motion (SWIM) PDF]