northwest trail alliance

Call for city to create off-road biking plan draws 550 signatures in 36 hours

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on November 20th, 2014 at 4:53 pm

Sandy Ridge

Sandy Ridge, one of the many places Portlanders travel to ride mountain bikes.
(Photo: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

Hundreds of local mountain biking lovers are piling signatures into a new petition saying Portland is “decades overdue” on writing a plan for “how to meet the overflowing demand for recreational cycling access.”

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Guest article: Take a kid mountain biking and help grow the ‘Dirt Roots Movement’

by on September 24th, 2014 at 10:57 am

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Andy Jansky practicing what he preaches on a ride at Mt. Saint Helens with his two teenage daughters.
(Photo courtesy Andy Jansky)

This article was written by Andy Jansky, a volunteer trail steward with the Northwest Trail Alliance.

It’s time to start a new cycling movement. I call it the “Dirt Roots Movement” and it’s all about getting more kids on mountain bikes.[Read more…]

$10,000 REI grant will help boost MTB trails at Stub Stewart State Park

by on June 4th, 2014 at 11:24 am

(Photo: NWTA)

Stub Stewart State Park is slowly but surely becoming a mountain biking destination. And it’s only going to get better this summer as the Northwest Trail Alliance (NWTA) just announced a $10,000 grant from outdoor gear retailer REI.

According to the NWTA, the grant will help fund a package of trail stewardship and improvement projects at Stub Stewart. The park, just 33 miles west of Portland, has been the focus on NWTA work and advocacy since 2008. It already boasts 15 miles of mountain bike trails, a network of free-ride/mountain-bike specific trails, and there’s plenty more that could be built — the only thing missing is money and volunteers.
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With new leadership duo, a new era begins for NW Trail Alliance

by on February 27th, 2014 at 1:23 pm

NWTA Board President Kelsey Cardwell (photo courtesy NWTA) and newly hired Director Dave Roth (photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)

With the recent hire Dave Roth, their first-ever full-time director, and election of Kelsey Cardwell as Board President, Northwest Trail Alliance is shoving off into an important new era of off-road cycling advocacy.
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Off-road advocates propose biking trails at River View Natural Area

by on January 13th, 2014 at 12:47 pm

Northwest Trail Alliance proposal for new trails at River View Natural Area.
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If everything turns out like the Northwest Trail Alliance hopes, the River View Natural Area in southwest Portland will someday be home to six biking trails and a “skills area” built specifically for off-road riding.
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Go off-road in River View Natural Area

by on November 6th, 2013 at 12:23 pm

Riding and working at Riverview property-1

As we noted last week, the planning process for River View Natural Area is already well underway. This 146 acre parcel of land sandwiched between the Willamette River, Lewis & Clark College, River View Cemetery, and SW Palatine Hill Road, is being restored and re-imagined for public use and conservation. One of the uses being considered is off-road bicycling.

The non-profit Northwest Trail Alliance has a representative on the Project Advisory Committee and they want to get more people involved in the process. The ride is taking place this Saturday (November 9th) in advance of an official community meeting and open house event being hosted by Portland Parks & Recreation next Tuesday (November 12th).

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‘Trailfest’ success (recap and photos)

by on September 24th, 2013 at 4:05 pm

Our friends at Northwest Trail Alliance reported a big success at their recent Trailfest event. NWTA’s Kelsey Cardwell sent along the following highlights and photos…

  • Despite the forecast for a downpour, 18 riders showed up for our Forest Park poker ride on Friday night and we were rewarded with clear skies! We handed out prizes donated by Cyclepath and Nike to the best hands.
  • Kids and adults hopped on the pump track Saturday morning. Commissioner Amanda Fritz joined us as well. She wasn’t keen to jump on a bike, but she loved seeing how much fun it was for the kids (and their parents). She mentioned that she would like to see more opportunities in East Portland for kids to get outside and stay active.
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‘Trailfest’ kicks off Friday with off-road fun for everyone

by on September 19th, 2013 at 4:29 pm

Sandy Ridge

From Sandy Ridge to Forest Park,
Trailfest has something for everyone.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

If you prefer riding off-road and have been curious about Portland’s mountain bike scene, this weekend was made for you. The 2013 Trailfest, an event organized by the Northwest Trail Alliance, begins tomorrow night (9/20) and continues with an entire weekend “dedicated to mountain biking.” Here’s how the NWTA describes it: “Trailfest is the Portland region’s premiere mountain biking festival that celebrates everything mountain biking: The trails. The people. The culture.”

Sounds great to me.
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NW Trail Alliance is raffling off an $8,500 mountain bike

by on August 27th, 2013 at 1:08 pm

This could be yours for $20.
(Photos: NW Trail Alliance)

One very special mountain bike could be worth $15,000 to a local non-profit.

The Northwest Trail Alliance (NWTA) is raffling off a custom bike in order to raise money for their trail work projects and ongoing advocacy to improve off-road bicycling access and conditions throughout the region. The bike (size 17″) is a carbon fiber, Veloforma Rival Two9R model with a custom paint job and it comes with a hand-picked component package that includes: a Cannondale “Lefty” carbon XLR 100mm fork; Thompson seatpost and stem; Stan’s No Tubes ZTR Crest wheelset; and a SRAM XO build kit. It’s got an estimated retail value of $8,500 and it was donated by Portland-based Showers Pass (whose owner, Kyle Ranson, sits on the board of NWTA).[Read more…]

MTB advocates see reasons to support Metro natural areas levy

by on May 7th, 2013 at 12:39 pm

PUMP's Forest Park mountain bike tour

Metro levy would bring more
single track to Portland.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Off-road bicycling advocates in the Portland area have two major reasons to throw their weight behind Metro’s parks and natural areas levy: Agency Creek and McCarthy Creek. Both parcels are called out by name in the text of Measure 26-152 as having potential for single track mountain biking.

The levy, up for a vote on May 21st, seeks to raise $50 million over five years to help Metro maintain and improve thousands of acres in natural areas and parks they’ve purchased over the years.

The Northwest Trail Alliance, a Portland-based non-profit that maintains, builds and advocates for mountain bike trails, is urging their members to support the levy. They see the Agency Creek and McCarthy Creek parcels as places where a mountain bike trail system could be built. And because they are outside of the northern border of Forest Park, bike access could be developed without any of the political baggage or controversy that has surrounded attempts at creating single track opportunities in Forest Park (which is owned and managed by the City of Portland). [Read more…]