When the Oregon State Scenic Bikeways Committee meets on November ninth, there might be a whole lot of introductions wanted. That’s as a result of it’s been about 43 months because the final time it convened.
There are at the moment 17 formally designated Scenic Bikeways all through the state, all created with an eye fixed towards the financial improvement enhance that comes with bike tourism. However progress on improvement of the community has been largely on pause since 2019. A Covid hiring freeze and the tourism slowdown through the pandemic didn’t assist issues. However in March of this 12 months we noticed the primary ray of sunshine when Oregon Parks and Recreation Division awarded a contract to Cycle Oregon, a nonprofit primarily based in Portland, to manage this system.
Cycle Oregon has constructed a stellar status for his or her week-long “Traditional” experience that has hosted 1000’s of paying prospects on the very best routes all through the state because it was first held in 1988. Cycle Oregon additionally has many working relationships with small-town enterprise homeowners and advocates — simply the kind of individuals who can dream up and implement new scenic bikeways.
The Cycle Oregon staffer answerable for this system is Clint Culpepper, a former energetic transportation coordinator at Portland State College and proprietor of the Portland Trophy Cup race collection. He shared just lately that Oregon State Parks has been very receptive to including new routes.
The primary new route up for consideration — one that can traverse 65 miles of riverfront forest roads between Oakridge and the city of Rainbow alongside Aufderheide Memorial Drive — is on the agenda of the Scenic Bikeway Committee’s first assembly since March 2019 that can happen November ninth from 1:00 to 4:00 pm through Zoom.
Additionally on the agenda of subsequent month’s assembly might be a dialogue of easy methods to recruit two new members of the committee. If Oregon goes to create extra scenic bikeways, we’ll want a succesful group to plan and vet the routes. If that seems like enjoyable to you, hit that hyperlink and apply for the positions.
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