The second annual Oregon Bicycle Summit. 125 advocates came to Sisters to help make Oregon, “The land bicycles dream about.”

Oregon Bicycle Summit ends on poignant note

Posted on April 16th, 2007 at 10:55 am.

“We can’t leave this conference and go back to our silos.”
–Tom Jefferson, husband of the late Jane Higdon, in a speech at the Oregon Bicycle Summit.

Tom Jefferson, a soft-spoken and thoughtful cyclist from Eugene, was the final speaker at the Oregon Bicycle Summit. Jefferson is the husband of the late Jane Higdon, who was killed while riding her bicycle in Eugene last summer.

Jefferson gave us an update on efforts to honor Higdon’s death and he urged us to work together and “speak the same language” to make Oregon a safer place for bicycles,[Read more…]

State Bicycle Recreation position faces cut

Posted on April 16th, 2007 at 8:55 am.

Oregon Bicycle Summit

Iris Riggs at the
Oregon Bicycle Summit.
File photo: 4/14/07

Important news from the Oregon Bicycle Summit

Iris Riggs (in photo) is Oregon’s first ever Bicycle Recreation Coordinator. She was hired last summer by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department to help communities develop bicycle recreation resources, promote bicycle tourism, and more.

According to the BTA, the job was created after the, “culmination of years of work by the biking community.”
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Advocates get down to business at Oregon Bicycle Summit

Posted on April 14th, 2007 at 3:46 pm.

Oregon Bicycle Summit

Today featured breakout sessions
on a variety of issues.

We’re half way through the Oregon Bicycle Summit here in Sisters. Summit attendees have been learning the what’s-what and who’s-who in Oregon’s bicycle movement.

Jonathan Nicholas kicked off the event this morning with an engaging talk about the history of the ride he started on a whim 20 years ago, Cycle Oregon. He expected 40 riders that first year and when over 1000 showed up he knew he was onto something special.
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TriMet plans bike party for I-205 detour

Posted on April 14th, 2007 at 12:34 pm.

Oregon Bicycle Summit

Flyer for TriMet’s new bike event.

TriMet, and its partners on the I-205 light rail construction project, are planning “I-bike-205, a party on pedals”. The event will take place on July 13th when they will unveil a new 6.5 mile alternate bike route around the planned construction.

On the event flyer, TriMet says,
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League Director says "Oregon rocks" for cycling

Posted on April 14th, 2007 at 12:05 pm.

Andy Clarke addresses the
Oregon Bicycle Summit.

Andy Clarke, the Executive Director of the Washington D.C.-based League of American Bicyclists opened the second annual Oregon Bicycle Summit last night.

He addressed a packed audience of 125 advocates from around the state at the Fine Pine Lodge and Conference Center in Sisters. In his speech he said addressing an Oregon crowd was “daunting” because, “Oregon quite simply, rocks!” He said Oregon is

“setting the standard and leading the country in innovative policies and programs for bicycling.”

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Kulongoski declares April 14th as State Bike Day

Posted on April 13th, 2007 at 6:52 pm.

It’s official.

I’m down in Sisters at the Oregon Bicycle Summit and I just heard some cool news from Oregon state bicycle tourism coordinator Iris Griggs.

She said the Director of Oregon State Parks, Tim Wood will announce tomorrow that Governor Kulongoksi has officially proclaimed April 14th to forever be known as, Oregon’s Scenic Bikeway, Mountain Bike Trails, and Community Bike Paths Day.

I’ll get a readable version of the official proclamation, but for now, this photo will have to do.

Gotta run, dinner is being served and Andy Clarke from the League of American Bicyclists is set to take the stage and kick things off.

I hope everyone has fun at Filmed by Bike!