National leader shares 12 trends that will help bicycling grow

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A slide from Blumenthal’s presentation.

Tim Blumenthal of Bikes Belong (an industry-backed, non-profit bike advocacy group) helped kick things off here at the 2011 Oregon Active Transportation Summit in Salem today by sharing a presentation titled, 12 Trends That Will Help Bicycling Grow.

Here’s the list:

  • Bike sharing systems linked with infrastructure investment: “It’s a promising trend and a trend that’s coming to cities in your state too.” (News to me. Maybe Tim’s in on a secret?).
  • Stronger commitments from government officials and more urban bike trips: “There’s no substitute for great support from Mayors.”
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New ‘Cycling the Oregon Coast’ mobile app in the works

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[BikePortland is down in Salem today for the Oregon Active Transportation Summit. We’ll be reporting from Salem today and tomorrow.]

Still in beta.

Daniella and Elliot Crowder, owners of the Bike Newport bike shop, unveiled their plans for a new iPhone app today. The new ‘Cycling the Oregon Coast’ app is currently in beta form and is set to be released soon (Android platform will come later). The announcement of the new app came at a meeting of the Oregon Bicycle Tourism Partnership held in Salem this morning.

According to Elliot Crowder, he was inspired to create an app after taking a bike tour on the Oregon Coast recently. Like the thousands of other people who ride the famous Oregon Coast Bike Route each year, Crowder relied on the popular Cycling the Pacific Coast guidebook. Trouble is, the book is out of date.

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Agenda set, registration open for Oregon Active Transportation Summit

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The summit returns to Salem this year.(Photos © J. Maus)

In case you missed it, organizers behind the Oregon Bike Summit — an annual event since 2006 with a goal to make Oregon the best state for bicycling in America — is now known as the Oregon Active Transportation Summit. The event took place in Portland last year, but will return to Salem this year (March 29-30) to take advantage of the legislative session.

The name change is in line with a growing trend to go beyond the bike and build a larger movement by incorporating walking and transit into the mix. Here’s how summit organizers explain the change:

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