Find Mark Bosworth
The definitive regional bike map has been updated with lots of new routes and a significant price cut.
Metro’s Bike There! map, published since 1982, will release its ninth edition next month in the first update since 2010. There’s a lot to keep up with: the number of mapped bike routes in the Oregon side of the Portland metro area has shot up 71 percent since 2010.
The current bike map shows 675 miles of on-street routes and 234 miles of off-street paths. For the new one, it’ll be 1,008 miles of on-street routes and 550 of off-street.
Tonight at Velo Cult will be an album release party that will have special meaning to many people in the local bicycling scene.
Kelly Bosworth grew up singing songs and playing music at home with her dad Mark Bosworth. Mark is the man who went missing from a Cycle Oregon campsite in September 2011 and has never been found. Now Kelly is releasing her first album and it will take place at a bike shop and music venue that has cemented itself as an important community gathering place.
See the press release below for information about a new scholarship fund in honor of Mark Bosworth, the Cycle Oregon volunteer who went missing while working at the event in 2011 and has never been found. The fund will be launched at the Cycle Oregon 2013 route announcement event in Beaverton tonight.
Contact: John Miller, 503-866-6518
Family launchs the Mark Bosworth Fund at 2013 Cycle Oregon Kickoff Party
At the 2013 Cycle Oregon Kickoff Party on Tuesday, Feb. 5, family and friends of Mark Bosworth will launch a fund in his name that will send fellow cyclists to Cycle Oregon, a yearly event near and dear to Mark’s heart.
The Mark Bosworth Fund will sponsor a first-time rider in Cycle Oregon each year. The fundraising goal is $30,000 for this year, with nearly half of that already raised. The money will cover the fee for the week-long Cycle Oregon ride, including meals and the tent and porter fee. The application process for candidates, fundraising efforts and a new website – www.markbosworthfund.org – will be announced at the 2013 Cycle Oregon Kickoff Party at Nike’s Tiger Woods Center. Doors open at 6 p.m. Spots on the annual ride fill up fast, but Cycle Oregon organizers will hold one open each year for the Mark Bosworth Fund. Applications for the Bosworth fund for this year’s ride are due March 15. The application can be downloaded at www.markbosworthfund.org.
Mark, an avid cyclist and longtime Cycle Oregon volunteer, vanished on the night of Sept. 16, 2011 near Riddle High School, the night before the final stretch of that year’s Cycle Oregon ride. Extensive searches in the days and weeks following failed to turn up any sign of him.
“When Mark went missing from Cycle Oregon on Sept 16, 2011 we all thought that the nightmare would end soon,” said Julie Bosworth, Mark’s wife. “As the days and weeks stretched on and on until now we’re into the second year of missing Mark, his disappearance continues to be a mystery. However, I know for a fact that Mark would love the idea of having his name attached to a scholarship designed to get a first-time rider to experience Cycle Oregon, removing cost as an obstacle. Mark was always fixing bikes, lending bikes, helping people to get on their bikes and to gain confidence on their bikes. The Mark Bosworth Fund is another step in what Mark loved to do his entire life.”
Mark, age 54 at the time of his disappearance, had survived two bouts with cancer. His family and doctor believe the cancer returned, leading him to be confused and disoriented at the time he vanished. There’s a $10,000 reward for information that leads to finding Mark. Anyone with information about Mark’s disappearance should call the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency dispatch line at 541-440-4471.
Efforts to find Mark
• Following Mark’s disappearance hundreds of volunteers and members of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office search and rescue team as well as other law enforcement personal conducted searches in and around Riddle.
• Posters went up in the area as well as at stops along main arterials from Northern California through Oregon and Washington.
• Billboards with Mark’s photo and description were put up. Alerts went out to law enforcement across the country as well as truckers.
• Family, friends and strangers joined together to call 4,450 hospitals in the US in hopes of finding Mark.
• Outreach was done at cycling events.
• Renowned cyclists Lance Armstrong and Greg LeMond used social media to share Mark’s story
• A website, FindMark.org, as well as a Facebook page and Twitter account continue to share information about Mark and the hopes of finding out what happened to him.
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Jerry Norquist addressed
volunteers and staff last night.
(Photos: Will Vanlue/BikePortland)
At the front of everyone’s minds was Mark Bosworth, the Metro employee and Portland resident who disappeared from Riddle, Oregon in September of last year while volunteering on the week-long bike ride.
Each year hundreds of people volunteer for Cycle Oregon and most volunteers have worked together for many years. Their is a strong sense of community among them and for many, Bosworth’s disappearance feels like losing a member of the family. (more…)
(Photos © J. Maus)
The latest news in the search for Mark Bosworth is that his suspected medical condition is likely worsening with each passing hour.
That sense of urgency has led to pleas from his wife Julie Bosworth for the public’s help in stepping up search efforts. As I write this, friends, family and volunteers are calling hospital emergency rooms across the country in hopes that he might have turned up.
The family of Mark Bosworth has just announced a bike ride this Saturday to raise awareness of his disappearance.
Bosworth has been missing since Friday, September 16th and a massive effort to find him has been underway ever since. Mark’s wife Julie Bosworth hopes the ride leads to even more visibility of Mark’s disappearance. She says Mark loves to ride to Kelley Point Park from North Portland, a popular loop that also passes over the Columbia Slough and the Smith and Bybee Lakes natural area (you might recall that I recently shared photos and ride report of a very similar loop).
Here’s more from a statement about the ride:
“The family feels the ride is a perfect way for people to show support for Mark, an avid bike rider who often bought his family bikes and biking paraphenalia for birthdays and special occassions. In fact, the family of four has 14 bikes in their garage these days.”
It’s been a while since I shared any news about Mark Bosworth, the 54-year-old man who went missing from a Cycle Oregon campsite in Riddle on September 16th. While there are no solid leads or major developments to share at this time; there are several updates about the case that are worth your attention.
Since the search shifted gears and left the Riddle area, family and friends of Mark’s have launched a massive online effort to spread word of his disappearance far and wide. There’s a new website, FindMark.org, a very active Facebook page, and a Twitter account at @findmarkb.
Media coverage of the disappearance has continued and noted bicycle racing legends Greg LeMond and Lance Armstrong have both shared links about Mark’s search with their hundreds of thousands of followers. (more…)
Even after the large-scale, volunteer search effort in the Riddle area was downsized yesterday (not “called off” like I initially reported), the search for Mark Bosworth continues.
It’s now been six days since Mark was last seen at a Cycle Oregon campsite in Riddle. The big development yesterday was the offer of a $10,000 reward for information leading to his discovery.
More about the reward and the latest on the search below…