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

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014
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.

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

Friday, July 19th, 2013
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.

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

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013
Cherry blossoms in Waterfront Park-19-18
This could be part of Oregon's first urban State Scenic Bikeway.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Proposed 'Scenic Bikeway' would connect Hillsboro to Banks-Vernonia Trail

Monday, December 17th, 2012
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

Thursday, August 30th, 2012
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.

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

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012
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...

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'Two Wheels Spoken' in eastern Oregon as bike tourism blooms

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

[Story and photos by Russ Roca of The Path Less Pedaled]

This is what the bike tourism revolution looks like.
(Photos © Russ Roca/The Path Less Pedaled)

Eastern Oregon is known for its dry climate; but there's something taking root along its gorgeous backroads that could help grow the economy of its many small communities: bicycle tourism.

A makeshift meeting room in the Outpost Pub and Grill in John Day (pop. 1,744) is probably the last place you'd expect talk about the need of a bicycle friendly business program, community bike share or bike racks. However, this is the sort of quiet magic that a small, road-weary crew comprised of representatives from Travel Oregon and the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department have been performing through many rural Oregon communities over the past year. (more...)

Take a ride on the 'Grande Tour', Oregon's newest Scenic Bikeway

Monday, April 9th, 2012
Grand Tour: From La Grande to Cove
Riding the new Grande Tour Scenic Bikeway.
(Photos by Kristin Dahl/Travel Oregon)

In case you missed it, the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department released their ninth Scenic Bikeway last week. The Grande Tour Scenic Bikeway is a 134 mile, figure-eight loop between Baker City and La Grande that winds between the Wallowa and Whitman National Forests in eastern Oregon.

The Scenic Bikeway program was made into law back in 2008 and the first route, the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway, was designated a year later. These routes, while they don't come with physical infrastructure changes, are the backbone of Oregon's larger effort to become the premier bicycle touring destination in America. (more...)

Three new Scenic Bikeways get unanimous support from Oregon Parks Commission

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011
Ride to Monmouth-15
Expect more signs like these
popping up all over Oregon.
(Photo © J. Maus)

At their meeting in John Day this morning the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Commission voted unanimously to to designate three new State Scenic Bikeway routes. That brings the total to four and the new routes join the existing Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway.

The three new routes are the Blue Mountain Century, the Old West Bikeway and the Three Sisters Bikeway. Each route comes with a marketing plan and the full support from city officials who see them as a way to attract bicycle tourists and spur economic growth. (more...)

Eight new routes designated as Oregon Scenic Bikeways

Thursday, September 9th, 2010
cycle oregon day 2 - heppner to Starkey
On the roads outside
Heppner, in eastern Oregon.
(Photos © J. Maus)

The State of Oregon's Parks and Recreation Department has announced eight new routes that will soon become official Oregon Scenic Bikeways. The routes criss-cross the state, from the Willamette Valley across the Cascade Range and into eastern Oregon.

The new routes — the first to be designated by the Scenic Bikeways Committee — will join the state's sole existing official route, the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway. The routes were nominated by advocates and tourism officials throughout the state who answered a call from the Parks Department. State Parks' Bicycle Recreation Coordinator Alex Phillips said she and the committee were "looking for the best bicycle rides in all of Oregon." (more...)

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