oregon coast bike route

Oregon has a new plan for the legendary Coast Bike Route

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on July 28th, 2021 at 3:37 pm

Riding across the New Youngs Bay Bridge in Astoria. The plan designates an alternate route to avoid it.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

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ODOT identifies 35 ‘critical need’ locations on Oregon Coast Bike Route

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on March 4th, 2020 at 1:04 pm

ODOT says a bypass around the dreaded Arch Cape Tunnel is a possibility. Let them know how much you’d like that!
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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ODOT needs your input on Oregon Coast Bike Route Plan update

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on December 4th, 2018 at 10:59 am

Riding in a narrow shoulder just south of Waldport.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

What iconic Oregon bikeway is 370 miles long, connects 38 campgrounds, supports 670 full-time jobs and spurs $56.3 million in tourism spending? The Oregon Coast Bicycle Route (OCBR).[Read more…]

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

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) 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

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) 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

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) 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

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on September 14th, 2013 at 10:27 am

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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

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on September 11th, 2013 at 11:34 pm

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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

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on September 9th, 2013 at 6:54 pm

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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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