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Welcome to Walk & Bike The Villages at Mt. Hood!

The Villages at Mount Hood are home to over 5,000 permanent residents, and the surrounding area serves thousands of recreational users every year. Visitors from the Portland area come to enjoy its mix of uses, including biking and hiking. Clackamas County aims to increase transportation choices – especially bicycling and walking – to support the needs of The Villages communities along the US 26 corridor within the communities of Brightwood, Welches, Wemme, Zigzag, and Rhododendron.

Clackamas County has initiated Walk & Bike The Villages at Mt. Hood to identify and promote safe travel options within and between communities on Mt. Hood. Currently, area residents and visitors have few travel options besides personal vehicles because local roadways are narrow, and lack shoulders and bikeways. The project will help identify where shoulders and bikeways are most needed and prioritize the necessary improvements.

The project will closely coordinate with the Mt. Hood Express transit service to identify pedestrian and bikeway facilities to support access to transit. Finally, the project is also working directly with local schools to develop a Safe Routes to Schools Plan to ensure that the travel needs of school children are considered.


Thank you to the more than 40 people who attended our final public workshop on Tuesday, June 1, 2016. Please check back for updates on the final implementation plan.

Be sure to check out the Project Library for project reports, event summaries, and more!


The project goals include:

  • Identify bicycle and pedestrian needs within The Villages at Mt. Hood
  • Develop a Safe Routes to School Plan for Welches Elementary and Middle School
  • Identify potential locations for additional or enhanced US 26 pedestrian crossings. The project team will consider at-grade and grade-separated solutions, or enhancements to the current crossings
  • Evaluate the feasibility of a multi-use path in the area
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    About Walk & Bike The Villages at Mt. Hood

    Walk &  Bike The Villages at Mt. Hood is designed to to promote safe active transportation for residents and visitors within The Villages at Mt. Hood by developing a plan for bicycle and pedestrian facilities. Due to the size of the study area, the plan will primarily focus on current residential neighborhoods and commercial centers, and areas that may be developed within the next 20 years. The project will help identify where shoulders and bikeways are most needed and prioritize the necessary improvements, work with the local schools to develop a Safe Routes to Schools plan and coordinate closely with the Mt. Hood Express transit service to support access to transit.


    Contact Lori Mastrantonio for any questions about the project
    503-742-4511