oregon coast bike route

Don’t forget to take ODOT’s Oregon Coast Bike Route survey

by on March 23rd, 2018 at 11:11 am

(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

As we reported back in January, the Oregon Department of Transportation is currently working on a much-needed update to the Coast Bike Route plan.

“With the changes in bicycle infrastructure standards, and the growth of bike tourism destinations and travel options both nationally and along U.S. 101,” an ODOT spokesperson told us in January, “the time was right to closely examine and identify opportunities to increase safety, accessibility and enjoyment for both local community members and travelers on the Oregon Coast Bike Route.”

As part of that work they have released a survey. If you’ve ridden the route — or if you’ve wanted to but are just too afraid (something I hear from a lot of people) — please take a few minutes and do the survey.
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Work begins on new Oregon Coast Bike Route plan, map update

by on January 30th, 2018 at 3:56 pm

It’s a world famous route that deserves more attention and resources.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

The Oregon Department of Transportation is about to launch a new planning effort that will be the first significant update to the Oregon Coast Bike Route in over ten years.

According to an ODOT spokesperson, the official map will also get an update for the first time since 2010.
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To promote biking on the coast, Travel Oregon looks for alternatives to US 101

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on April 10th, 2015 at 8:44 am

People's Coast Classic Day Five-1

Riding U.S. 101 in North Bend, where bike and auto
traffic often mix without signs or markings.
(Photo: J.Maus/BikePortland)

The Oregon Department of Transportation has put a fair amount of effort into promoting a bike route near the state’s beautiful coast.

A map of the route along U.S. Highway 101 is one of just three major biking or walking maps the agency publishes. The route has its own special sign. The state has even created a simple graphic showing how average traffic volumes on 101 very widely by month, to help travelers understand what they’re getting into.

The state’s main bike tourism agency, however, doesn’t mention the route on its website and doesn’t expect anyone to ever nominate it for Oregon’s expanding roster of scenic bikeways.

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The good, the bad, and the ugly on the Oregon Coast Bike Route

by on September 24th, 2013 at 3:42 pm

Yaquina Bay Bridge and bike route sign

Sunrise in Newport.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Last week I joined about 50 other folks for a ride down the Oregon Coast Bike Route. In six days of pedaling, we covered about 370 miles — most of it along the shoulder of Highway 101. This route isn’t just one of the premier cycle touring routes in the world, it’s also an official Scenic Byway (as designated by the U.S. Department of Transportation), a key commercial corridor that fuels Oregon’s timber industry, and an artery for the many cities and towns it passes through.

During my ride I tried to pay special attention to how these widely different uses of the road are balanced both by the users themselves and by the agency in charge of Highway 101, the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). [Read more…]

Completing the Coast Route – North Bend to Brookings

by on September 14th, 2013 at 10:27 am

People's Coast Classic Day Five-43

Exploring the coastline in Cape Blanco State Park.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

I’m back in Portland now, but I’ve still still got 114 stunning miles of the Oregon Coast Bike Route to share. We didn’t have any connection to the outside world on our last night in Arizona Beach on Thursday night. Then yesterday, after our final, 50-mile final day on The People’s Coast Classic, we had to hustle into a shuttle bus in Brookings in order to get back to Portland at a respectable hour.

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Day four on the ‘People’s Coast’ – From sea lions to sand dunes

by on September 11th, 2013 at 11:34 pm

People's Coast Classic Day four-9

The view from Neptune Scenic Viewpoint was out-of-this-world.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Day two on the ‘People’s Coast’ – Getting off the highway

by on September 9th, 2013 at 6:54 pm

People's Coast Classic - Day Two-51

I found this fun trail near Boiler Bay.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Today’s ride was all about what happened off Highway 101.

The 50 or so riders on the People’s Coast Classic woke up early from an RV Park campsite on the outskirts of Tillamook to tackle an 80+ mile route that took us all the way south to Newport. Along the way, we sampled some prime (as in, off the highway) sections of the Oregon Coast Bike Route. Even with one of the three capes of the legendary Three Capes Scenic Route closed due to a landslide (some chop-happy loggers clear-cutted a section of forest right above the road and there was a landslide as a result), the route was still something I won’t soon forget.

Netarts Bay Road was an early-morning treat. The pelicans and sea gulls far outnumbered the humans…
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Getting started down the ‘People’s Coast’ – Astoria to Tillamook

by on September 8th, 2013 at 11:03 pm

People's Coast Classic - Day One-2

Few towns can match the scenic charms of Astoria.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

The fourth annual Amgen People’s Coast Classic got off to a near-perfect start today. The ride is a fundraiser for the Arthritis Foundation and everyone on the ride has been impacted by some form of arthritis in one way or another. Some people are riding for their children or other family members who have been stricken with the disease, others are riding for friends, and some are riding for themselves — using bicycling as a key part of their ongoing treatment.

The PCC is smaller than its sister ride, the California Coast Classic. There are only about 50 riders here this year. Add in all the support staff and volunteers and we’re still shy of 100 people. But what this ride lacks in size, it more than makes up for in the essential elements of any great organized ride: the support and food has been top-notch so far; the people are fun and friendly; and the route is world-class (even if the infrastructure itself is subpar in many sections).
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Headed for a ride down the Oregon Coast

by on September 6th, 2013 at 2:03 pm

Glen Eden Beach to Newport-13

Somewhere between Glen Eden Beach and Newport during a ride back in 2010.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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ODOT in hot seat for dangerous Highway 101 repaving job

by on August 23rd, 2013 at 10:30 am

ODOT failed to extend a new layer of pavement
into the bicycle riding area of a long
stretch of Highway 101.
(Photo: Jeff Smith)

A recent repaving job by the Oregon Department of Transportation on the popular Oregon Coast Bike Route on Highway 101 between Yachats and Florence has raised eyebrows among veteran bike tourers, transportation department staffers, and national bicycle advocacy organizations.

It all started with an email sent yesterday from Jeff Smith, a veteran Portland Bureau of Transportation employee and a bike touring enthusiast, to ODOT’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator Sheila Lyons. Smith — who sent the message from his personal email account and not as a PBOT employee — included a photo and a detailed description of what he called an “extremely annoying at best and dangerous at worst” section of repaving.

According to Smith, a 25-mile section of the popular Oregon Coast Bike Route from Yachats south to Florence has been re-constructed with a new layer of pavement that abruptly ends just a few feet past the fog line. Here’s more from Smith’s email:[Read more…]