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Oregon designates new ‘scenic bikeway’ route in central Oregon

by on June 14th, 2017 at 4:57 pm

Cycle Oregon 2014 - Day 6-31

Leaving Maupin, the route heads north along the Deschutes River on a BLM access road.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Portland’s 16th State Scenic Bikeway rolls through river canyons, sacred tribal fishing grounds and the small-town splendor that rural Oregon is known for. Travel Oregon and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department announced the Sherar’s Falls Scenic Bikeway today.

Here’s the official map and route description:
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Painted Hills Scenic Bikeway named Oregon’s 15th official route

by on February 24th, 2016 at 2:29 pm

Treo Bike Ranch trip Day 2 - John Day River Valley-36

A section of the route just east of Spray on the John Day Highway.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

A state parks advisory committee that met in Salem today voted to officially designate the Painted Hills Scenic Bikeway. The new bikeway becomes the 15th route in the scenic bikeways program which is administered by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.
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State of Oregon might lose “bikeway” designation for Metolius River route

by on February 5th, 2016 at 2:40 pm

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Detail of a signage plan for the
Metolius River Loops Scenic Bikeway.

Oregon’s Scenic Bikeway program is about to shrink by 7 percent.

Since becoming an official state program in 2008, Scenic Bikeways have become magnets for bike tourists. They pumped $12.4 million into Oregon’s economy in 2014. There are 14 officially designated routes promoted by the state’s tourism board as recreational attractions and economy boosters for the communities they pass through.

But one of them, the Metolius River Loops Scenic Bikeway, is likely to be dropped off that list for an odd reason: fear that it will attract too many people.
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