PORTLAND -- When you think Sauvie Island, you probably think fruit stands beaches and berry-picking. But so does everyone else.

It's become so popular that Multnomah County planners have been working with residents to figure out how to deal with the congestion.

A few weekends a year, you get a lot of traffic and a lot of people, but I think for the most part, the place is pretty quiet, pretty sleepy and pretty nice, said Don Kruger, of Kruger's Farms.

With more and more carscoming tothe island, the Multnomah County Planning Commission will ask the county board of commissioners to think about some new plans for the rural island.

We've definitely heard a lot about conflict, traffic conflict, and not only with farming equipment. Sauvie Island is a destination for a lot of bike riders too, said Joanna Valencia, a Multnomah County transportation planner.

The bike situation does need to be improved and we live in a bike community. It's one of the great loops in the Northwest. I think we need to accommodate it, said Kruger.

A bike path would be terrific, said cyclist Dianne Sherman.

Sherman and Dale Farley bike Sauvie Island whenever they can. They said it's a beautiful ride, but sometimes it can be tough to share the thin road.

There really is a need for drivers and the bikers to be considerate, said Farley.

The planning commission will take its findings to Multnomah County commissioners Thursday to at least start talking about improvements.

Our last planning effort was done in 1997 and 1998 and we all recognize that there have been changes, said Valencia.

The meeting was scheduled for Thursday at 9:45 a.m. at the Multnomah Building on Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard. There will be a chance for the public to comment.

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