The Oregon Department of Transportation is trying.
The agency that’s pushing to expand freeways throughout the Portland region and has become Oregon’s de facto advocacy organization for car users, wants to be seen as innovative and nimble; but a situation in the city of Hood River shows the lengths businesses had to go just to use a few curbside parking spaces on one of the agency’s state highways.
Earlier this month businesses along Hood River’s main drag of Oak Street started building “street seat” installations to give customers more space to eat and drink. The efforts were part of a parklet permit program launched by the City of Hood River at the end of June.
This weekend I spent two days in Hood River with my 8-year-old son and his favorite part — by far! — was their new pump track. [Read more…]
One of the ways I fit cycling adventures into my life is to ride to places where I’m already planning to do something with my family. So, when we planned to meet some friends in Hood River on Sunday, I knew it was a golden opportunity.
E-bike Rentals in the Gorge
From Route 30 Classics in Mosier
- 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April to October (later if the weather’s good)
- 18 years or older
- 8 bikes available
- No reservations taken
- Racks have bungees for tying down small items; if you bring lunch, carry it in a backpack.
Story by Laura O. Foster, author of Columbia Gorge Getaways.
(Please see note about legality of e-bikes on Gorge paths at end of this story. – Jonathan)
“Everybody comes back loving it,” says Stephen Demosthenes, about his new e-bike rental business in Mosier.
Stephen’s the longtime owner of Route 30 Classics on the Historic Columbia River Highway (HCRH). In the multi-preneurial way of Northwesterners, he sells vintage Porsches and tee shirts, serves ice cream, espresso and Mosier-made sandwiches (in season), and now rents e-bikes.