Bike and Walk

May is National Bike Month

Celebrate National Bike Month this May by trying a bike for the first time or taking a challenge to ride more. Join Washington County employees in the Bike More Challenge for a chance to win prizes. Complete alone or join a team. County employees are also participating in the Reach the Beach event supporting the American Lung Association.

Bike to Work Day is May 19, a perfect day to try biking to work or get back into the habit of bicycle commuting. Check with your employer – some organizations offer additional incentives for biking to work.

  • Bike for health - Bicycle riding is a fun, relaxing way to exercise. A bike ride is more appealing than time in a gym with the added health benefits of fresh air and, on a good day, sunshine. Regular exercise, such as bike riding, can have significant health benefits.

  • Bike for the earth - Cycling is a way to commute without use of fossil fuels. Many people choose to bike as a way to help the environment and reduce their impact on nature. Bike riding also reduces the wear on roads.

  • Bike for fun - Washington County has many trails or routes to explore by bike. Instead of watching a movie, consider going for a bike ride. It's a great activity solo or with a group. Plan a destination ride such as wine tour or join an organized bicycling event.

Bike for your community - Get to know the community better by bike. Slow down and look around, learn about alternate routes that can't be reached by car and get to know others by riding with them.

For bike and pedestrian safety resources, visit Traffic Safety.



ActiveTransportationLogo2Active transportation is any self-propelled mode of transportation. Walking, riding a bicycle, and skateboarding are a few examples. Active transportation promotes healthy lifestyles and a healthy environment. It also complements public transit. Subscribe here to learn more and to get updates on the latest Active Transportation projects, plans and news in Washington County.

School kidsSafe bicycle and pedestrian facilities that provide connections to transit and the places people need to reach are essential to making active transportation a viable travel choice. Building out a complete and effective countywide transportation network for all users will take time and significant funding resources. We are working diligently to address this need with the tools and resources we currently have available, and we will continue working to identify new tools and resources for the future.

Read more about the current programs and projects that are building bicycle and pedestrian improvements throughout the County...

Planning for active transportation

To encourage active transportation in Washington County, we are working to improve connectivity for bicyclists and those on foot.

Neighborhood bikeway logoThe Neighborhood Bikeway Plan was launched last fall (2013), which will help identify alternative neighborhood routes that bicyclists of all abilities can take when going to and from their destinations. Read more about this effort!

Bike Ped prioritization
The Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvement
Prioritization Project was launched in 2011 to help plan for a complete bike and pedestrian system and produce a list of high priority needs to collector and arterial roadways. 

The county's Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan includes policies, strategies and maps that support the development of bicycle and pedestrian facilities in Washington County through 2020. We are in the process of updating our Transportation Plan, and have been reviewing the Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan as part of that process. 


Constructing active transportation infrastructure
185th Avenue All major county capital projects are built to a multi-modal standard, with bikeways and pedestrian facilities. Since 1986, the Major Streets Transportation Improvement Program (MSTIP) has constructed over 130 miles of bikeways and sidewalks on county roads that lacked or had inadequate facilities before. These projects are helping improve the connectivity of our bicycle and pedestrian system.

In addition, the Minor Betterment and the Urban Road Maintenance District (URMD)  program can construct small-scale, typically interim improvements that help provide a safer, more complete road network for all users—cars, bicycles and pedestrians. Examples include:

  • Pedestrian bridge on Walker Road west of 173rd Avenue
  • Sidewalk/pathway/shoulder improvements on 143rd Avenue between Cornell and Thompson
Rock Creek Trail at Evergreen
We've also applied for and received grants for the following projects:

Most recently, the Board of County Commissioners approved an allocation of $3 million from the 2013 Gain Share funds that will go towards the project development and construction of bicycle and pedestrian projects. Visit our Gain Share Project website for a list of projects currently in design.

Road Service Requests
To request a road-related service, call 503-846-ROAD (846-7623), e-mail us, or submit an online service request. Or use your smartphone: Typical road service requests include location of potholes, traffic signals not functioning, sweeping requests, missing or damaged traffic signs, obstructions in the bike lane, etc.


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