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Metro Council unanimously backs mountain biking trails north of Forest Park

by on April 21st, 2016 at 5:10 pm

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Portland’s regional government unanimously approved a plan to allow mountain biking trails in the North Tualatin Mountains Natural Area Thursday in a session that gushed with praise.

“This project took a lot more work than I thought it was going to,” said Metro Councilor Sam Chase, whose district includes the natural area just north of Forest Park, to chuckles around the room. “We have really come to a fantastic place.”

The vote came despite organized objections from a cluster of people who live nearby, in some cases with property immediately bordering the public land. As we reported last week, some of them held a protest outside Metro’s headquarters to argue that allowing mountain biking trails in the natural area would do undue harm to local wildlife.

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Comment of the Week: Bike trail advocates should take a lesson from dog parks

by on April 8th, 2016 at 5:05 pm

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No leash in Normandale Park, no problem – now.
(Photo: Michael Lin)

“When everyone breaks the rules, the rules bend.”

That was the hesitant declaration of BikePortland reader axoplasm, responding Friday morning to Thursday’s report about the organized resistance to mountain biking trails by people whose private property abuts the public land where they’d be built.

Axoplasm isn’t so much responding to this latest twist in Portland’s quest for singletrack, but more to the seeming futility of the quest itself. (As another reader, Charley, put it, “We’re not trying to build a lego tower to the moon, just open some trails to people who ride bikes.”)

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Speaker will bring Minnesota’s mountain-biking know-how to PDX

by on February 15th, 2016 at 3:37 pm

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A berm on the Intermediate Trail at Lebanon Hills in
Eagan, Minn.
(Photo: Dakota County Parks)

As Portland works on its Off-Road Cycling Master Plan, an expert from maybe the country’s best state for urban mountain biking is coming to town.

Joshua Rebennack, a professional environmental engineer and mountain biking trail volunteer based in central Minnesota, will discuss “Knobbies in the Neighborhood” from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 16 at the Multnomah Athletic Club, 1849 SW Salmon Street.

It’ll be free and open to the public. Sorry for the confusion. RSVP to Kelsey Cardwell of NW Trail Alliance at kelseyc@nw-trail.org.

According to the Northwest Trail Alliance, Rebennack will use “the experiences of off-­road cycling trail systems built and in other cities to distill out lessons that any municipality, including Portland, can apply to their own off­road cycling trail plans.”

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Staff changes at Mount Hood Meadows highlight resort’s shift toward bike recreation

by on September 14th, 2015 at 12:17 pm

Images from a Timberline Mountain Bike Park
brochure. A lawsuit has stalled that
plan, but Mount Hood Meadows says
biking is on the upswing regardless.

Fun in the snow remains huge on Mount Hood. But there’s growing consensus that the mountain’s future is likely to be elsewhere.

With average snowpack levels ebbing and mountain biking booming in popularity, Mount Hood Meadows is reorganizing its team to emphasize this new market, among others.

The company recently dropped “ski resort” from its official logo. On Monday, it followed that up with an announcement of that three new company vice presidents have been tasked with focusing on new facilities, programs and staff for year-round — that is, non-snow — recreation.

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Hope for mountain bikers? Off-Road Cycling Master Plan starts rolling

by on August 11th, 2015 at 12:47 pm

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Michelle Kunec-North is managing
the process for the city.
(Photo courtesy Kunec-North)

A year after hundreds of people attended a rally in support of in-town mountain biking trails, the City of Portland is starting its project to decide where such trails should go.

“It’s a way for people to get outside, to get in nature, to be active, to spend time with their families,” said Michelle Kunec-North, the city planning bureau staffer (and longtime recreational mountain biker) managing the process. “It’s the city’s goal to have active transportation, and it’s kind of an entry point, for kids in particular but for adults in some cases, to learning how to ride a bike.”

In an interview last week, Kunec-North added that off-road cycling options in Portland would also help build a generation of stewards of the city’s natural areas and boost the local tourism and bike economies.

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Oregonian editorial calls on city to ‘reconsider its bike ban’ in River View

by on March 5th, 2015 at 12:22 am

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River View Natural Area, looking north.
(Photo: City of Portland)

The City of Portland’s defensive legal move to ban mountain biking in Southwest Portland’s River View Natural Area is an unfair breach of trust with mountain bikers, according to The Oregonian’s editorial board.

“River View, where cycling has occurred for years, remained the best city option for serious, if limited, mountain bike trails,” the newspaper wrote in a scathing editorial published online Wednesday. “To that end, cyclists attended meetings, participated enthusiastically in the public process upon which Portland places so much emphasis and trusted the city to act in good faith. The city did not.”

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Lawsuit stemming from crash during mountain bike race is withdrawn

by on January 27th, 2015 at 1:56 pm

“With this decision, the future of mountain bike racing in state of Oregon has a somewhat brighter outlook.”
— Park Chambers, owner of Fat Tire Farm

A lawsuit many feared would have an ominous ripple-effect on mountain bike race promotion in the state of Oregon has been withdrawn.

As we shared earlier this month, Lisa Belair-Sullivan filed a lawsuit against a race promoter and sponsor after she crashed and injured herself on a log that had fallen across a trail. Belair-Sullivan was warming up for the Dog River Super D mountain bike race in May. Her lawsuit contended that event promoter Petr Kakes of Hurricane Racing and Park Chambers of Fat Tire Farm (a shop who was the title sponsor of the event) created a safety hazard that she was unable to avoid.

On January 9th, we confirmed with Belair-Sullivan that she withdrew the case. While she has yet to make an official public statement, Park Chambers issued one on January 23rd. We’ve pasted the statement below in its entirety:
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The Ride: Mountain biking on the Wilson River Trail

by on January 26th, 2015 at 12:17 pm

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(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

Just off Highway 6 in the Tillamook State Forest about 45 miles west of Portland lies some of the region’s best singletrack. And I’m still wondering why it took me 11 years to finally discover it.
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Call for city to create off-road biking plan draws 550 signatures in 36 hours

by on November 20th, 2014 at 4:53 pm

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Sandy Ridge, one of the many places Portlanders travel to ride mountain bikes.
(Photo: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

Hundreds of local mountain biking lovers are piling signatures into a new petition saying Portland is “decades overdue” on writing a plan for “how to meet the overflowing demand for recreational cycling access.”

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Guest article: Take a kid mountain biking and help grow the ‘Dirt Roots Movement’

by on September 24th, 2014 at 10:57 am

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Andy Jansky practicing what he preaches on a ride at Mt. Saint Helens with his two teenage daughters.
(Photo courtesy Andy Jansky)

This article was written by Andy Jansky, a volunteer trail steward with the Northwest Trail Alliance.

It’s time to start a new cycling movement. I call it the “Dirt Roots Movement” and it’s all about getting more kids on mountain bikes. (more…)