Riverview Community Meeting / NWTA's Proposal

There is a Community Meeting for Riverview on Tuesday, November 12th.  We need your help giving input at the meeting - especially if you are a resident of Portland!

The Public Advisory Committee and Portland Parks & Recreation want to hear your opinions on trails, and we need as many mountain bikers there as possible!  We are in a unique position to give input while the concept plan is being developed.  The meeting is scheduled for November 12, 2013: Community Meeting/Open House, 5:30-7:30 PM, PDX Church, 125 SW Miles.

NWTA's Proposal for Riverview...
 
The Northwest Trail Alliance (NWTA) is pleased to present our proposal for the Riverview Natural Area. Our proposal consists of an illustrative map and a summary of the proposed system of trails and bike features. Riverview presents a unique opportunity to provide a range of diverse experiences for mountain bikers in the urban core which is currently lacking, and implement policies outlined in Portland’s Bicycle Master Plan and broader planning goals.

Background
Northwest Trail Alliance’s motto is “Ride, Connect, Build, Advocate.” Our organization of more than 600 members has been doing just that at the Riverview Natural Area; organizing and participating in five work parties totaling almost 500 hours of labor since the City took ownership
of the property.


Another concept we have adopted with regard to trail access within the urban core is “Ride to Where You Ride.” This motto and urgency is being reinforced daily as more of our members go carless or choose to limit their carbon footprint. Currently, the Portland Metro area does not provide any trail options for off-road cyclists who have gone beyond the “beginner” category with their skills. Additionally, there isn’t a single dirt jump in the entire Portland Metro region that allows kids of all ages to ride their BMX and mountain bikes.

The Riverview Natural Area is perfectly situated between neighborhoods on both sides of the river that will be joined by a new bike and pedestrian friendly linkage across the Willamette River.
This project will also provide a much needed trail riding opportunity for cyclists near the Springwater Trail, a major public bicycle transportation corridor. This proximity to commuting
corridors and existing paved trails will reduce parking demands on local neighborhoods and reduce traffic on local streets, as cyclists can ride their bike to a nature trail experience in their own neighborhood.

Proposed Network Summary
To meet these and future needs, the Northwest Trail Alliance proposes the following sustainably-built trail network that will provide a diverse, all-season, and increasingly challenging experience for all off-road cyclists. Following best design practices, the system should bedesigned as a nested loop to allow flexibility and diversity of experience. Several of the trails would be multi-use. However, design would be tailored to meet specific goals and optimized for user experience. We feel that in a relatively compact, urban setting such as this, it may beprudent to separate uses on certain trails.

The proposed network consists of two key nodes located at the top and bottom that would provide connection and opportunity for wayfinding and signage. The following is an overview of the trail elements we propose for the trail plan (see accompanying map for clarification).

1. Multi-use intermediate xc trail. Could be ridden/hiked up and down.
2a/2b. Multi-use beginner xc trail and loop. This would also provide an easier ride/hike to the top.
3. Mountain-bike specific “flow” trail. It can be ridden and enjoyed by any level of rider. A local, high quality example of this type of trail is Lower Hide and Seek at Sandy Ridge.
4. Intermediate/Advanced, unidirectional, mountain bike-specific trail. This trail is meant to be ridden down only to prevent user conflict.
5. Challenging ride/hike climbing trail. The focus of this trail would be providing a trail that is fun and challenging to climb back to the top, and a pleasure to hike in either direction.
6. Connector trail from Riverview Cemetery to Riverview trail network. This allows people to “Ride to Where You Ride” without having to use the cemetery road, and avoids the need to ride through neighborhoods as well. Access from the bottom will encourage riding to the trails using existing transportation options, thereby lessening neighborhood
conflict.
7. Bike skills area. This could include an off-trail feature(s) to practice bike handling skills such as a pump track or dirt jumps. These are great for kids of all ages, and will help to prevent future jump building in more sensitive areas.

NWTA Riverview Pledge
NWTA and the larger mountain biking community want this to be a successful project. As shown by the level of participation in recent work parties and the public open house, we are willing and able to bring resources to make that happen. With that in mind, we are prepared to make the
following commitments to the project when it is approved:
? We pledge to build the proposed skills area and both mtb-oriented trails (#4 and #5 plus #7 referenced above). We are prepared to provide planning, technical resources, low impact trail machinery and skilled operators (if needed), and labor to do so.

We pledge to assist in the building and ongoing maintenance of all trails in the Riverview Natural Area, as agreed upon by NWTA and Portland Parks & Recreation. We will provide specialized maintenance machinery, if needed, for these trails as well.
? We pledge to always have a responsible and knowledgeable Trail Steward for the Riverview Natural Area who will be the point of contact for all communications.
? We pledge to provide National Mountain Bike Patrol volunteers trained in first aid to educate fellow riders about natural area stewardship and the etiquette of sharing trails
according to International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) guidelines

http://www.imba.com/about/rules-trail.

Conclusion
If implemented correctly, we are confident that this project can serve as a model and can be replicated in other parts of the City and region. In order to be considered a success from the
perspective of mountain bikers, the trail system must provide a variety of experiences and range of difficulty. Once built, NWTA is confident that we can garner the necessary support of the mountain bike community to carry out our pledge to construct, maintain and care for the Riverview Natural Area.

 
Please share this announcement with your riding groups.
 
If you have any questions, feel free to email Brian at brianb@nw-trail.org
Price: $0.00

Online comment form available

Portland Parks is accepting online public comment forms for the River View area until 11/25/13.  

Here is your chance to submit your comments for the kinds of trails you would.  THINK BIG, use examples and add weblinks.  Submit your comments now and get your buddies to do the same.  The more comments about building mtn bike trails the better!  

Thank You!!!

Thank you to everyone who took the time to attend this important public meeting.  
Mtn bikers out numbered non-biker by at least 3 to 1.  From my unofficial headcount I would guess that there was 75+ mtn bikers at the meeting.  All of which who were offering positive input for how properly built mtb trails could co-exist with Portland Parks environmental objectives.
 
Our efforts as an organized group (NWTA) is earning credibility with key decision makers and the neighboring community.  For the last 2 years NWTA volunteers have helped Portland Parks with projects at River View cleaning up truckloads of trash, removing ivy, rerouting trails, and fixing erosion problems.  This type of work in the dirt has occurred not just on one work project, but on multiple projects.  
 
Through all of our efforts (in the dirt and in meetings) we are demonstrating that NWTA (mtn bikers) can be an effective and reliable partner.  Our large turnout for this public meeting demonstrated that we are VERY interested in creating mtn bike trails at River View.   
 
But we are not done yet... and we still need your help.  So next time when we have a work project help spread the word so that mtn bikers can show up as a large group.  And if you are not an member of NWTA, please join.   The larger our group is (membership headcount) the more political clout that we have.
For $30 you get a dual NWTA / IMBA membership.  NWTA/IMBA are two powerful groups working to preserve, enhance, and expand our mountain biking opportunities. 
 
 
Together we can make a difference.