New criteria for Platinum: singletrack

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[A slide from Andy Clarke’s
MTB Summit presentation.]
Photo R. Louton

Portland United Mountain Pedalers (PUMP) board member Roger Louton sees a golden opportunity to push for more singletrack mountain biking trails in Portland.

He just returned home from the IMBA World Mountain Bike Conference where he heard the Executive Director of the League of American Bicyclists Andy Clarke, announce some exciting news: the availability of singletrack mountain bike trails is now a key criteria to achieve Platinum status.

Here’s more from Roger Louton:

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City’s Platinum push rolls along

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Yesterday I attended a Platinum Strategy Meeting with friends from the Office of Transportation and the BTA. Also at the table were Mia Birk from Alta Planning+Design (former PDOT bike coordinator) and City Commissioner of Transportation Sam Adams.

We have these meetings once every few months to check in on programs and initiatives that are being carried out with the overall goal to be named a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists (check out this page for more on Platinum).

Here are updates on a few topics you might be interested in:

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First “Platinum” bike city to be announced Wednesday

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Despite much energy and excitement recently here in Portland, it seems as though we won’t be the first city in the country to be designated with the League of American Bicyclists‘ “Platinum-level” Bicycle Friendly City award.

Here’s an excerpt from the League’s latest newsletter:

“The latest list of Bicycle Friendly Communities, including the first platinum-level award, will be announced on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 8:40 a.m. at the League’s booth (at the Interbike Show in Las Vegas)”

This is a somewhat unexpected announcement that definitely throws a wrench in the City’s plans. It’s not that we won’t still move forward with the “Go Platinum” campaign, but there was a real sense of pride about getting it before anyone else.

I leave tomorrow morning for Vegas to attend Interbike, and you can bet I’ll be on hand for that announcement. Expect a full report Wednesday morning.