(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)
Can cycling really make a difference to help close the yawning gap that exists between Oregon’s cities and its small, rural towns?
As someone who promotes and advocates for bicycle-related tourism, that’s a question that weighed heavily on my mind during the 7-day, 490-mile Cycle Oregon ride I did last month. BikePortland Podcast producer and co-host Lily Karabaic was also on that ride, so we decided to sit down with Cycle Oregon Executive Director Alison Graves to delve into the topic a bit deeper.
In this month’s episode, Alison, Lily and I talk about divisions that exist between rural and urban Oregon, how Cycle Oregon is working to strengthen “authentic Oregon” and change the image of its ride (and its riders), why cycling should not oversold as a silver-bullet to cure rural Oregon’s economic woes, and more…
But wait, there’s more!
Coming up October 25th…. It’s the Transport-astic Studio Opening Party. Join Michael, Lily, me and the fine folks behind The Sprocket Podcast and the (forthcoming) Transportini Podcast to toast Open Roads Broadcasting. We’ll be giving tours of the Independent Publishing Resource Center (where we record), doing some live radio, having a game or two of Urban Growth Boundary Twister, sharing drinks and snacks, and more. It’s 10/25 at 6:30 pm at the IPRC (1001 SE Division). Check the flyer below…