Elected leaders and transportation officials from Oregon and Washington got on bikes last weekend and got inspired by the Historic Columbia River Highway and State Trail.(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland) On Friday, the Columbia River Gorge put its best face forward, and the timing couldn’t have been better.
In 2010, the ride showed regional officials just how bad the Interstate Bridge is for bikes.(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland) In the spirit of the ancient proverb: “Tell me and I forget; show me and I remember; involve me and I understand,” on Friday, dozens of Oregon and Southwest Washington’s most prominent politicians and powerful bureaucrats … Read more
Former Mayors Bud Clark and Vera Katz.(File photo) The meaning of last Friday’s Tour of Tomorrow bike ride can be summed up by one simple fact: a majority of the Metro Council (4 of 7 members) rode the entire 40 mile, bi-state route. The ride — which was created by Oregonian columnist and Cycle Oregon … Read more
Vancouver Mayor Royce Pollard and Metro Councilor Rex Burkholder on last year’s ride.(File photo) For the third year, a who’s-who list of regional bigwigs and policy makers from Portland and Vancouver will escape from their cubicles for an up-close look at the highs-and-lows of our regional bikeway network. The “Visionaries Voyage” was the brainchild of … Read more
[Jonathan Nicholasemceed the event.] Last Friday over 100 bigwigs assembled at PDX Airport for the second annual “policymakers ride”. Organized by Cycle Oregon, the idea behind this invite-only affair was to bring together a high-powered group of bureaucrats, planners, advocates, and politicians to experience the highs and lows of our regional bikeway network first-hand. Why … Read more
[Jonathan Nicholas atlast year’s ride.] Last year Metro and Cycle Oregon teamed up to host a bike ride from the Eastbank Esplanade to Champoeg State Park. They informally called it the “Policymakers Ride”. It was an invite-only affair to showcase a future Portland-to-Champoeg leg of Oregon State Parks’ Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway Route. On the … Read more