Bicycle & Pedestrian Accident

Your Oregon auto insurance PIP - personal injury protection coverage - protects you even when you are a pedestrian hit by a car, or on a bicycle and doored, right hooked, or hit by a car in some other type of common accident scenario.

But even with having the Oregon auto insurance PIP coverage on foot or bicycle, it is always best to avoid an accident and injury! Our area's multi-use trails and corridors provide users of all types, a safe area to enjoy and use that is mostly separate from cars. These trails are fantastic for bicycle commuters, long distance runners, triathlon athletes, and neighborhood users of all kinds because these trails are handicap accessible and connect the metro area via existing bike lanes, bus and light rail, as well as utilizing the existing trails. It all gives us a huge, and growing opportunity for a safe way to get places or get exercise and fun.

Here's one new link to add to a long loop, or a favorite trail - and it's loaded with historical richness. The Trolley Trail:

Following on old streetcar line, the six-mile Trolley Trail will combine with other regional trails to make a 20-mile loop between Portland, Milwaukie, Gladstone, Oregon City and Gresham.

It is a new piece of our trail system, which has been there to knowing users, because it had been sometimes hard to find, dirt paths which could get muddy in the winter, and some connections to bike lanes or sidewalks were not as clear. You can look forward to the historical improvements to this old commuter link with education interpretation markers, public art, and several parks that are along the way.

With current Milwaukie light rail work going in, the head of the trail is detoured through the construction of the park and ride Max Station, but finding the trail is currently well marked and there continues to be a good bit of bicycle and runner traffic on it which helps find it or stay on path.

The six mile rail-to-trail takes you from Milwaukie, Oak Grove, to Gladstone with another connection planned to connect to Oregon City. The trail will connect with Gresham as well, making a twenty mile loop. The trail helps cyclists, pedestrians, and even equestrians with a safe mixed use venue.

The Trolley Trail is also very historic – it was the Portland Street Car route beginning in 1893, until that ended in 1968. You can definitely connect through lots of history, and even go to McLoughlin house in Oregon City for even more history.

The Trolley Trail will provide a great connection for folks at both sides of the Springwater Trail, as it is easy to connect to the Springwater trail from the Sellwood area, or the Gresham end, and the South end of the Trolley trail also connect with the I-205 bike trail (also linkable from Springwater, but this gives more good and safe route connections).

For distance runners, bicycle riders, or triathletes needing to get their miles in, this will help create a lot of trail which is not shared with cars. The trail also provides communities all along these loops with quick and easy recreational access - a safe place for kids to learn to ride bikes, or run and get the wiggles out.

The trail is also handicap accessible, whereas it used to be a dirt trail, the new improvements are great for everyone, and also help the year round accessibility and use of the trail which used to get a little muddy and boggy.

Obviously, it's a well needed connection for bicycle commuters also, making a large part of the metro area much easier to connect with. Soon, the Milwaukie light rail will help bicycle commuters even more making it much easier to cover great distance, and get through what have been in the past, difficult connections.

How to find the trail head - where will it take you?

Here's a map of the detour due to the Tri-Met construction through 2014 – essentially, if you find the pedestrian and bike trail at the Milwaukie River Front Park, and head south, you should be able to follow the signs for the detour. In the past, the trail head was essentially at about River Road, McLoughlin Road and Park; the detoured area is still located here. The trail is well used by cyclists, walkers and runners so it's usually pretty easy to find by spotting other users also.

The Trolley Trail ends in Gladstone at Portland Avenue.

Transportation History - Trolley, Bicycle and Pedestrian Advocacy

The Trolley Trail will renew historic connections between the town centers of Milwaukie and Gladstone and the neighborhoods in-between, and it will be a great way to soak in the history, visit, or just enjoy your extended backyard.

The Trolley Trail will also complete a missing link in the regional system of trails and greenways, by connecting the Springwater Corridor trail in the north to the I-205 bicycle and pedestrian pathway to the south (see Figure 2, Regional Trail System). The Trolley Trail and connecting trails, when complete, will create a continuous 20- mile loop connecting Portland, Milwaukie, Gladstone, Oregon City and Gresham.

The history of the trail, not just the Trolley, but in making it a multi-use trail for bicycle riders, pedestrians, walkers, runners, commuters, etc. goes way back as well - to the deep 1970's.

Since the early 1970s, there has been consistent interest in turning the right of way into a walking and cycling path. Over the years, says Metro trails planner MelHuie, the Trolley Trail has been added to "nearly every plan we have" – blueprints for trails, transportation and regional growth.
Making a great place - Trolley Trail -

In 1971, the Oregon State Highway Division made plans to convert the corridor into a bicycle-pedestrian trail. In 1974, a feasibility study was conducted to explore using the corridor as a demonstration project for the region's first light rail line. Light rail within the Trolley corridor was dropped from consideration due to strong community opposition. Visions for different uses of the corridor continued to resurface over the years until 2001 when Metro and North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District (NCPRD) purchased the old rail right-of-way for a future trail.