Last week I joined about 50 other folks for a ride down the Oregon Coast Bike Route. In six days of pedaling, we covered about 370 miles — most of it along the shoulder of Highway 101. This route isn't just one of the premier cycle touring routes in the world, it's also an official Scenic Byway (as designated by the U.S. Department of Transportation), a key commercial corridor that fuels Oregon's timber industry, and an artery for the many cities and towns it passes through.
During my ride I tried to pay special attention to how these widely different uses of the road are balanced both by the users themselves and by the agency in charge of Highway 101, the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). (more...)