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Our October podcast: The joys of rural road riding

Posted by on October 24th, 2013 at 9:53 am

Lauren and Bill Crest the Hill
A 2011 Cycle Wild trip from Portland to Eugene
included the Scenic Willamette Valley Bikeway.
(Photo by Lillian Karabaic)

Why on earth would someone want to ride for days on the side of a road in the middle of nowhere?

That’s the question this shameless city slicker and utilitarian bike rider wanted to ask BikePortland’s podcast producer Lillian Karabaic and publisher Jonathan Maus. So as the Pacific Northwest enjoys its fleeting annual glimpse of autumn, the three of us devoted our half-hour monthly podcast to discussing the fun, economics and safety of bike adventures on Oregon’s rural roads.

What are the best nearby destinations? Why is it so great? Is it actually that important to our economy? And how can we make it better? Lily and Jonathan had lots of thoughts, stories and advice to share.


“The way to get to know a state, a town, is really by, like, the curves of the landscape,” Lillian said. “When you’ve sweated up a hill, you have a way different connection to it than you do if you were just in a car passing by it. … I can tell you the name of each of those hills.”

We talked about policy, too.

“Now that the state scenic bikeways are officially recognized in state law, it’s pretty simple legislatively to attach things to that, like we did with neighborhood greenways,” Jonathan said. “For instance, you could say that on state scenic bikeways, certain traffic regulations have fines doubled.”

You can subscribe to our podcast (which we’ll soon be fully rebranding as the BikePortland production that it is) in iTunes, subscribe by RSS or email download the file, sign up to get an email notification each time we upload a new episode, or just listen to it right here:

— This is our third month in a new podcast format where we tackle one general topic for the entire half-hour instead of providing you with commentary and recaps of the latest news. We’d love to hear your feedback and your ideas for future show topics. Drop us a line!

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