Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on February 26th, 2009 at 5:00 pm
With the voting in of six new board members at their monthly meeting earlier this week, the Portland United Mountain Pedalers (PUMP) are set to embark a new era of off-road advocacy.
These new board members mark a significant turning point for PUMP, a group that some advocates for more off-road riding opportunities in Portland had all but given up on. Back in May 2008, we reported on a new advocacy group that was being formed to fill the “off-road advocacy void.” That group never really gelled into a distinct organization.
However, a small, behind-the-scenes group called the Portland Mountain Bike Alliance (PDX-MTB) has been working on local mountain bike issues since 2007. Three members of that group are part of the six new board members of PUMP, and now PDX-MTB has formally folded into PUMP.
So, how will this new PUMP differ from the old PUMP? New board member Paul Fidrych — a founding member of PDX-MTB — says that, “By consolidating our advocacy efforts, mountain bike opportunities will be stronger on the whole.” Fidrych says they’ve hit the ground running and are already working on a white paper about singeltrack in Forest Park, the Gateway Green project, and the Burnside Bike Park/Pump Track project.
Fidrych adds that the powers-that-be in Portland (the city, Metro, etc…) should take note of all this because their goal is to “someday get on the same level as the BTA, but for off-road bicyclists.” With all the momentum for off-road biking in Portland right now, PUMP seems well on their way.
Here are the new board members of PUMP:
Fidrych’s current advocacy projects include Gateway Green and the Portland Bike Park Master Plan. He is a 17-year veteran of the sporting goods industry and is currently a general manager at Nike.
Barcott is currently “semi-retired” and is a member of the Multnomah County Bike/Ped Trails Citizen Advisory Committee, and the Tualatin Hills Parks and Recreation Dept. Bike/Ped Citizen Trails Advisory Committee. He has also offered his legal services to the club on a pro bono basis.
Archer has has been actively involved with facilitating the Gateway Green project, he is a participant on the city’s Forest Park ad-hoc committee and he is a member of the mountain bike working group that is part of the Portland Bicycle Master Plan update process.
Schamp is a Belgium native that moved to Portland 10 years ago. He is the man behind Portland Racing, a company that promotes local off-road races and events (including the Short Track Series at Portland International Raceway). Schamp also works at the Bike Gallery as a marketing specialist.
Tonkin is the owner of Sellwood Cycle Repair and has been a recognizable member of Oregon’s bicycling community for 15 years. He is an elite amateur (some would say professional) mountain bike, cyclocross, and road racer.
Kyes represents the freeride/downhill rider contingent. He has been in the bike industry for many years mostly as a retail sales rep. Kyes has been instrumental in getting the Gateway Green project off the ground and has been a tireless advocate for urban bike skills parks.
– Stay abreast of all the PUMP happenings at PUMPClub.org and stay tuned to BikePortland for more coverage as the mountain bike advocacy issues twist and turn down the trail….Email This Post