oregon scenic bikeways

Scenic Bikeways pump $12.4 million into Oregon economy, study says

by on July 14th, 2015 at 4:05 pm

Results from the first study of Oregon’s Scenic Bikeways are in: The 12 carefully selected routes that showcase the best road riding in the state accounted for $12.4 million in economic activity in 2014.

The Economic Significance of Cycling on Oregon Scenic Bikeways, commissioned by Travel Oregon and Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department, was published earlier this month by Dean Runyan Associates. The study gathered data on overall usage of the bikeways as well as where money was spent and the bikeways’ impacts on job creation.

Scenic bikeways are the backbone of the State of Oregon’s strategic focus on bicycle tourism — an industry that pumps $400 million into our economy each year. The program was established by law in 2008 and the first scenic bikeway became official in 2009.

‘Scenic Bikeways’ now available on the coast and southern Oregon

by on June 29th, 2015 at 11:47 am

People's Coast Classic Day Five-47
This stellar road inside Cape Blanco State Park is now officially recognized as one
of the best places to ride a bike in Oregon.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Last week the Oregon State Parks Commission unanimously approved two new Scenic Bikeways; the Wild Rivers Coast and Cascade Siskiyou routes. The new routes are the first time the Bikeway program has included the coast and the southern Oregon region.

The Wild Rivers Coast Scenic Bikeway is a a 61-mile route based out of Port Orford. It heads southeast along the curvaceous Elk River and then north up to Cape Blanco State Park, the westernmost point in the entire state. The park includes a lighthouse and the historic Hughes House, both of which you might recall hearing about when I explored the area myself a few years ago during a ride down the coast.

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The Cascade Siskiyou Scenic Bikeway begins in the southern Oregon city of Ashland. The 55-mile loop heads east and takes you around Emigrant and Howard Prarie Lakes. There’s even a nice bikepacking option if you’re ready to sleep overnight.

With the addition of these two new Scenic Bikeways, Oregon now boasts a total of 14 routes that have been officially recognized since the program was established in 2008.

The Bikeways program does not come with any funding for infrastructure improvements, except for special way-finding signage. The routes themselves are mostly on standard roads and highways, however the selection committee takes into account the general safety of the road in making their decisions.

You can learn much more about them and the other 12 Scenic Bikeways at RideOregonRide.com.

Washington County will repair bridge rather than prohibit driving

by on January 19th, 2015 at 4:35 pm

porter road bridge
(Image: Google Maps.)

Washington County has opted to spend $125,000 to $175,000 on temporary repairs to its least sturdy bridge rather than close it to auto traffic.

As we wrote last month, the bridge on Porter Road northeast of Forest Grove is significant for biking because it’s part of the Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway and might also become part of a “Council Creek Regional Trail” that would eventually create a low-stress link between Hillsboro and Banks.

It’s also significant for driving because it currently carries an estimated 1,100 motor vehicles per day.


70-mile ‘Cascading Rivers’ route becomes Oregon’s 12th scenic bikeway

by on July 1st, 2014 at 3:56 pm

Faraday Road along the Clackamas River is part of the route.

Just in time for peak summer riding season, the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission has just approved the latest State Scenic Bikeway. The Cascading Rivers Scenic Bikeway is a 70-mile route that takes riders from Estacada to Detroit along the Clackamas and Breitenbush Rivers.

Here’s more about the route from its official description: (more…)

Two big events Thursday night: Manifest launch and scenic bikeway video screening

by on March 19th, 2014 at 10:45 am

Tonight’s event will feature the premiere of the
Twin Bridges Scenic Bikeway video.
(Photo by Russ Roca/Path Less Pedaled)

One of the “problems” of living in a town with such a richly layered bicycle culture is that there is often too much of a good thing. This Thursday night is an example of when two big events — the Oregon Scenic Bikeways Video Party and the Oregon Manifest Launch Party — happen at the same time on the same night, forcing some bike lovers into a painful decision.

Here’s what’s on tap:

Oregon Scenic Bikeways Video Party – 6:00 to 8:30 pm at Chris King Precision Components HQ (2801 NW Nela St.)

Oregon’s Scenic Bikeways program is the only one of its kind in the nation. The cyclists who’ve ridden these community-suggested, state-adopted, best-of-the-best Oregon road routes know exactly why this program and the rides themselves are so special. But what about those who have yet to experience a Scenic Bikeway?

For you, we and Path Less Pedaled have been working hard on a series of inspirational videos highlighting each bikeway route and the things that make it a fun, beautiful and uniquely Oregon experience. And we think wintertime, while you’re dreaming up your next bike vacation, is the perfect time to watch them.


Travel Oregon wants to film (and fund) your bike trip around the state

by on July 19th, 2013 at 1:46 pm

Grand Tour: Entering Cove
Riding the new Grande Tour Scenic Bikeway.
(Photo by Kristin Dahl/Travel Oregon)

Now that’s a headline we don’t get to write every day.

Russ Roca of the bike-adventure media organization Path Less Pedaled, which works with tourism agency Travel Oregon to show off the state’s scenic bikeways, just shared this terrific opportunity for people interested in bike travel over the next three months.


Oregon’s first urban State Scenic Bikeway could be coming to Portland

by on January 29th, 2013 at 2:04 pm

Cherry blossoms in Waterfront Park-19-18
This could be part of Oregon’s first urban State Scenic Bikeway.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)


Proposed ‘Scenic Bikeway’ would connect Hillsboro to Banks-Vernonia Trail

by on December 17th, 2012 at 11:13 am

Family trip to Stub Stewart State Park-13-80
The beautiful roads just outside Hillsboro.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Oregon’s State Scenic Bikeway program has really taken off in recent years. Routes have sprung up all over the state and they’re spurring economic development and providing people with great bike adventures. But so far, none of them are very close to Portland.

Now comes word from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department that there’s a proposal on the table to designate a new scenic bikeway that would be relatively close to Portland and would begin just south of Hillsboro. (more…)

Travel Oregon rolls out promotional video for Old West Scenic Bikeway

by on August 30th, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Still from new Travel Oregon video.

Travel Oregon has just released the first in a series of new videos in their ongoing effort to promote Oregon’s burgeoning network of officially designated State Scenic Bikeways. Last week we shared a bikeways marketing push that made its way onto a jumbotron in New York City’s Times Square.

To make the two-minute video (watch it below), the agency commissioned the Portland-based bike touring advocacy and journalism duo of Russ Roca and his partner Laura Crawford of Path Less Pedaled. Kristin Dahl, senior manager of destination development for Travel Oregon, said they plan to do a similar video for each of the nine officially designated scenic bikeway routes and they’ll be rolled out through spring of next year.


Oregon’s Scenic Bikeways make it big with NYC Times Square ad

by on August 22nd, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Looks even better in Times Square.

Travel Oregon (a combined effort of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and the Oregon Tourism Commission) is continuing their aggressive promotion of Oregon as a premier bicycling destination. Last week they announced the publication of a new map of their Scenic Bikeways system and today they celebrated when Times Square lit up with the news.

Travel Oregon introduced the new map earlier this week. It includes full details on the nine officially-designated Scenic Bikeway routes complete with mile markers, information about nearby parks, campgrounds, lodging, eateries, nearby bike shops, and more. The map is available free from Travel Oregon’s website (where you can order a copy, it’s not available online yet).

And today from New York City, Travel Oregon staffer Kristin Dahl shared a cell phone image of the Scenic Bikeways map announcement being beamed on a jumbotron high above Times Square. Check it out below the jump…