Potential bike-hub locations discussed

About 25 people showed up at the town hall meeting held Wednesday, May 7, in Troutdale, according to Mayor Doug Daoust.

Led by Daoust and Claude Cruz, owner of Marco Polo Designs and president of the West Columbia Gorge Chamber of Commerce, the meeting focused on issues affecting businesses in Troutdale and downtown.

Daoust said there seemed to be “some interest” from the business community to get involved with Travel Oregon’s bike-friendly business program.

Businesses would have the option to post a sign in their windows to offer cyclists free or inexpensive services such as water or a bike pump.

Also talked about was a potential location for a bike hub and/or public restrooms in or around the downtown area.

At this point, there are no public restrooms in downtown Troutdale, and people have to rely on store and businesses, Daoust said.

“That’s something that could be tied into the bike hub,” said Daoust, “but it doesn’t necessarily have to be.”

Potential bike hub locations include a gravel parking lot above Mayor’s Square where the old police station used to be.

Local sculptor Rip Caswell brought up the idea of having the bike hub on the corner of his property at Jackson Park Road and East Historic Columbia River Highway, where he has plans to turn the 3.5-acre property into a place for artists to live and work.

An old white building on the property, already equipped with water, sewer and electricity utilities, possibly could be converted for the bicycle rest station, Caswell said.

Merchants have complained about a lack of parking along the historic highway downtown, despite a two-hour limit on spaces in front of businesses.

In narrowing down the problem, Daoust said, “There are some business people who just park on the main street all day long. No matter who says it’s only two hours, they seem to ignore that fact.”

While few good solutions came up, the mayor said one possible solution was to send a letter to businesses asking their employees to not park on the main street or to comply with the two-hour rule.

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