Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
Nov. 3, 2009
OPRD Bicycle Recreation Coordinator
Oregon Scenic Bikeways program now on the road
Online handbook tells how to nominate routes for designation
Oregon bicycle riders can now nominate their favorite routes for consideration as State Scenic Bikeways.
Such designated bikeways would follow roads and bicycle paths that connect riders with outstanding scenic, historic and natural settings. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) will accept nominations through Jan. 31, 2010, and annually from Nov. 1-Jan. 31 thereafter.
OPRD’s state bicycle coordinator, Alexandra Phillips, says anyone can propose a route for designation according to Oregon Administrative Rule guidelines. "The program is designed as a grassroots effort,” she said. “Nominations will need to come from local proponents."
An Oregon Scenic Bikeways handbook now online at www.oregonscenicbikeways.org gives a step-by-step designation process and provides instructions and forms for nominators. The nominations will be considered by the Oregon Scenic Bikeway Committee, an advisory group that will recommend scenic bikeway designations to the OPRD director. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission must give final approvals.
"The committee will be looking for proposed routes that offer thetotal experience of sights, sounds, smells, tastes and feelings of landscapes that you can have traveling at the pace of a bicycle," said
Phillips. "We hope to find the bikeways that offer the best rides in the state."
According to Phillips, the Oregon program is the first state government-sanctioned scenic bikeway designation process in the nation. The program is a partnership between Cycle Oregon, Travel Oregon, the Oregon Department of Transportation and OPRD.
The Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway, which was developed as a 2005 pilot project by the partnership, serves as a prototype for the program. The Willamette Valley route has been officially recognized as Oregon’s first state scenic bikeway.
Bicycle Recreation Coordinator
Oregon Parks & Recreation Department
725 Summer Street NE, Ste. C
Salem, OR 97301-0792
cell phone: (503) 480-9092
fax: (503) 986-0792
oregon scenic bikeways
When I checked the map to plan the route, I realized this was a perfect opportunity to test out the state of Oregon's first fully signed and mapped, official State Scenic Bikeway.
near Champoeg State Park.
(Photo: Matt Picio/CycleWild)
The State of Oregon's "Scenic Bikeway" program has taken a nice step forward. This week, the State's Bicycle Recreation Coordinator, Alexandra Phillips, unveiled a website that features detailed maps and route information on the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway.
The Willamette Valley route is the first officially recognized scenic bikeway in the state and it's referred to as "a prototype" for others yet to come. The 127-mile route begins at Champoeg State Heritage Area just south of Wilsonville and ends at Armitage County Park just north of Eugene. (more...)
A reader (thanks Brian) gave me the heads up that Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is looking for volunteers to serve on a new advisory committee that will evaluate routes nominated for Oregon Scenic Bikeways.
way to the Dee Wright Observatory
high above Sisters.
(Photos © Jonathan Maus)
Next Wednesday, the State of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department will hold a public hearing in downtown Portland to hear feedback on a program that would designate and develop a statewide network of "Oregon Scenic Bikeways".
On the table will be a new Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) that would give "scenic bikeways" the same level of protection (known technically as a "Goal 5 resource") currently given to everything from wetlands habitat to historic sites.
Location: Multnomah County Library; 801 SW 10th Ave.; Portland, OR
Hearing Officer: Iris Riggs
Summary: This rule will establish criteria and a procedure for the establishment of Oregon Scenic Bikeways. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department will coordinate the process, hold public hearings and facilitate signing of the Scenic Bikeways.