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The good, the bad, and the ugly on the Oregon Coast Bike Route

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013
Yaquina Bay Bridge and bike route sign
Sunrise in Newport.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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...)

Completing the Coast Route - North Bend to Brookings

Saturday, September 14th, 2013
People's Coast Classic Day Five-43
Exploring the coastline in Cape Blanco State Park.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

I'm back in Portland now, but I've still still got 114 stunning miles of the Oregon Coast Bike Route to share. We didn't have any connection to the outside world on our last night in Arizona Beach on Thursday night. Then yesterday, after our final, 50-mile final day on The People's Coast Classic, we had to hustle into a shuttle bus in Brookings in order to get back to Portland at a respectable hour.

So below are my photos and a few thoughts from the last two days of the ride... (more...)

Day four on the 'People's Coast' - From sea lions to sand dunes

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013
People's Coast Classic Day four-9
The view from Neptune Scenic Viewpoint was out-of-this-world.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Day two on the 'People's Coast' - Getting off the highway

Monday, September 9th, 2013
People's Coast Classic - Day Two-51
I found this fun trail near Boiler Bay.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Today's ride was all about what happened off Highway 101.

The 50 or so riders on the People's Coast Classic woke up early from an RV Park campsite on the outskirts of Tillamook to tackle an 80+ mile route that took us all the way south to Newport. Along the way, we sampled some prime (as in, off the highway) sections of the Oregon Coast Bike Route. Even with one of the three capes of the legendary Three Capes Scenic Route closed due to a landslide (some chop-happy loggers clear-cutted a section of forest right above the road and there was a landslide as a result), the route was still something I won't soon forget.

Netarts Bay Road was an early-morning treat. The pelicans and sea gulls far outnumbered the humans...
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Getting started down the 'People's Coast' - Astoria to Tillamook

Sunday, September 8th, 2013
People's Coast Classic - Day One-2
Few towns can match the scenic charms of Astoria.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

The fourth annual Amgen People's Coast Classic got off to a near-perfect start today. The ride is a fundraiser for the Arthritis Foundation and everyone on the ride has been impacted by some form of arthritis in one way or another. Some people are riding for their children or other family members who have been stricken with the disease, others are riding for friends, and some are riding for themselves — using bicycling as a key part of their ongoing treatment.

The PCC is smaller than its sister ride, the California Coast Classic. There are only about 50 riders here this year. Add in all the support staff and volunteers and we're still shy of 100 people. But what this ride lacks in size, it more than makes up for in the essential elements of any great organized ride: the support and food has been top-notch so far; the people are fun and friendly; and the route is world-class (even if the infrastructure itself is subpar in many sections).
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Headed for a ride down the Oregon Coast

Friday, September 6th, 2013
Glen Eden Beach to Newport-13
Somewhere between Glen Eden Beach and Newport during a ride back in 2010.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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ODOT in hot seat for dangerous Highway 101 repaving job

Friday, August 23rd, 2013
ODOT failed to extend a new layer of pavement
into the bicycle riding area of a long
stretch of Highway 101.
(Photo: Jeff Smith)

A recent repaving job by the Oregon Department of Transportation on the popular Oregon Coast Bike Route on Highway 101 between Yachats and Florence has raised eyebrows among veteran bike tourers, transportation department staffers, and national bicycle advocacy organizations.

It all started with an email sent yesterday from Jeff Smith, a veteran Portland Bureau of Transportation employee and a bike touring enthusiast, to ODOT's Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator Sheila Lyons. Smith — who sent the message from his personal email account and not as a PBOT employee — included a photo and a detailed description of what he called an "extremely annoying at best and dangerous at worst" section of repaving.

According to Smith, a 25-mile section of the popular Oregon Coast Bike Route from Yachats south to Florence has been re-constructed with a new layer of pavement that abruptly ends just a few feet past the fog line. Here's more from Smith's email: (more...)

New hiker-biker camping area on the Oregon Coast

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

This just in from a reader who spotted it in an email from the Adventure Cycling Association:

NEW PORT OF SIUSLAW HIKER-BIKER CAMP
Robert Forsythe, manager of the Port of Siuslaw in Florence, Oregon, has announced the opening of a twelve-site camping area at the Port's campground designated exclusively for cyclists and hikers. The hiker-biker campsites are at the east end of the campground, which overlooks the Siuslaw River estuary at 100 Harbor Street in historic Old Town Florence. "We're very excited to offer this service for the thousands of hikers and cyclists who travel the Oregon coast each year," Forsythe said, adding that the new area features twelve windbreaks created from repurposed timber, with eye bolts and cleats mounted to the wood to allow campers to secure their gear.

"We worked with local bicycle and hiking enthusiasts in designing the site," Forsythe said, "and included their suggested amenities," which also include water, picnic tables, showers, and wifi. The new sites should be well used: It's estimated that more than 5,000 people bicycle Highway 101 through Florence each year, and that some 2,000 hike the Oregon Coast Trail.

The new campsites are first come-first served, and rent for $8 per person (other sites in the campground may be reserved online or by calling 541-997-3040). Click the link to view an illustration of the entire campground and photos of its various elements:

Man receives jail time, assault conviction for Highway 101 collision

Monday, June 4th, 2012
Curry County DA convicted driver of
reckless driving and assault.

A man has been convicted on assault and reckless driving charges for driving his car into two women as they rode their bicycles on the Oregon Coast Bike Route last fall. The collision occurred on October 3rd, about 11 miles north of Gold Beach on Highway 101.

30-year-old Martha McClean and 26-year old Essya Nabbali were on a bike tour of the Oregon Coast and were pedaling southbound on a very narrow part of the highway known as Ophir Dike, when 62-year-old Neal Lawson struck them from behind with his PT Cruiser traveling at about 55 mph.
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Event: The People's Coast Classic (9/11/11-9/16/11)

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Event Name: The Amgen People's Coast Classic to benefit the Arthritis Foundation
Event Start Date: 11 Sept, 2011
Start Time: AM
Web Site: http://www.thepeoplescoastclassic.org/
Event Description:
The Amgen People’s Coast Classic is a multi-day charity event benefiting the Arthritis Foundation’s mission to improve lives through prevention, control and cure of arthritis.

Choose from:

  • Six-Day Classic: September 11-16, Astoria to Brookings
  • Two-Day North Coast Ride: September 11-13, Astoria to Newport
  • Four-Day Central-South Coast Ride: September 13-16, Newport to Brookings

This ride follows the Oregon Coast Bike Route as marked by the state Department of Transportation, which is graced with incredible scenery and fun attractions. Your vacation with a cause will touch the lives of over 50 million people in the United States, including 300,000 children living with Juvenile Arthritis.

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