Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on April 17th, 2019 at 9:48 am
The idea was simple: Codify a network of Oregon’s best cycling routes into state law so that people could access a Cycle Oregon-like experience for free, any time.
It took about five years for the idea to materialize, with the first official public hearings in early 2008. The first one — the 135-mile Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway — was designated in summer 2009 and today there are 17 of them scattered throughout the state.
The 1,253 miles of routes are vetted by a committee, signed, and promoted by the State of Oregon. In 2014, an independent study (commissioned by OPRD) found that people who ride Scenic Bikeways spent about $12.4 million at food, lodging and retail businesses along the routes.
Our 17 Scenic Bikeways
Covered Bridges Scenic Bikeway
Twin Bridges Scenic Bikeway
Sisters to Smith Rock Scenic Bikeway
McKenzie Pass Scenic Bikeway
Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway
Blue Mtn Century Scenic Bikeway
Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway
Grande Tour Scenic Bikeway
The Bikeways program is a partnership between the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department, the Oregon Department of Transportation, Travel Oregon, and Cycle Oregon (the nonprofit whose leaders spawned the idea in 2004). It’s the first and only program of its kind in the United States.
OPRD will commemorate its 10th birthday on May 3rd with a special event at the Capitol Galleria in Salem from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The free event is open to the public and will feature cake, gifts, guest speakers and the unveiling of the brand-new scenic bikeways map.
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