Bike advocates outline their vision for Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. - Portland is known for being bike friendly, but bike advocates say we can do better and one group has released a report on its action plan.

The Bicycle Transportation Alliance's Blueprint for World-Class Bicycling contains ideas for 16 different bike projects in and around the city.

The projects include ideas on how to make big streets safe, fix problem spots, create neighborhood greenways and build trails.

One of the projects, for example, is to construct a path in North Portland similar to the Eastbank Esplanade.

Portlander Scott Mizee has been advocating for the North Portland greenway for nearly 10 years. It's a path that would run along the Willamette River from the Steel Bridge north to Kelly Point Park.

But even after all that time, there's a lot of red tape to get to before the trail is constructed. Some of the proposed path runs through private property and Mizee said there needs to be more political will to make it happen. He and other advocates are hoping for federal grant money to help construct the path.