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“Rideshed” map shows where you can camp by bike from Portland

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on January 31st, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Imagine the possibilities…
(See full map below)

Remember Cycle Wild? They’re the local non-profit that organizes and promotes bike-camping trips from Portland. We went along with them for a ride back in 2009 and learned just how easy it is to pack up some gear, start pedaling, and get away from it all — without having to drive a car.

Cycle Wild founder and ring-leader Matt Picio just published a very cool map (see it below) that anyone with a glimmer of bike adventure in their hearts will appreciate. It’s a map of campsites within Portland’s “rideshed.” Picio defines a rideshed as, “anywhere you can ride a loaded bike on a summer day.” Typically, that distance is about 75 at the most, but thanks to MAX light rail, Portland’s rideshed is much further.[Read more…]

Cycle Wild wants you to get back to nature…by bike

Avatar by on May 19th, 2009 at 12:13 pm

Riders enjoy a carfree, PGE maintenance road along the Clackamas river south of Estacada during a Cycle Wild camping ride earlier this month.
(Photos: Dan Liu)

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Multnomah County won’t re-hire bike/ped coordinator, suspends citizen committee

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on April 7th, 2009 at 12:47 pm

“Due to continued declining transportation revenues, the County has decided not replace that transportation planning staff position in the near future. Regrettably, a consequence is that we are unable to staff the Bicycle and Pedestrian Citizen Advisory Committee, and it will be suspended until further notification.”
— Jane McFarland, Multnomah County Tranportation Planner in an email to committee members

Members of the Multnomah County Bicycle and Pedestrian Citizen Advisory Committee were surprised this weekend when they received an email saying the committee will be “suspended until further notification”.

The email came from the county’s principal transportation planner Jane McFarland. McFarland wrote that “due to declining transportation revenues” Multnomah County has no plans to replace their recently departed bike/ped coordinator Jennifer Dederich and that, “regrettably, a consequence is that we are unable to staff the Bicycle and Pedestrian Citizen Advisory Committee…”

McFarland assured committee members that the County will “continue planning, constructing and maintaining bicycle and pedestrian facilities.”[Read more…]

City of Gresham moves to close Springwater Trail at night

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on December 11th, 2008 at 10:19 am

This flyer was passed out at a
meeting last night to announce the
Springwater closure.
(Click to enlarge)

At last night’s Multnomah County Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee meeting, correspondent Matt Picio was surprised to hear about a decision to close the Springwater Corridor Trail at night.

According to Picio, the issue came up at the end of the meeting under an agenda item titled, “Springwater Trail and the City of Gresham – Discuss (5 minutes)”. When the item came up, Multnomah County bike and pedestrian coordinator (and staff liaison to the committee) Jennifer Dederich, passed out a flyer (PDF here) that outlined the new policy.[Read more…]