Posts By: Chris Rotvik

All Riders, All Trails

Observe the action at the Dirt Lab and it becomes readily clear that the experiment is engaging riders outside the NWTA’s current realm: Weekdays, you’ll see neighborhood moms, encouraging their charges (soon to be chargers) and, on weekends, adults on mountain bikes that were state-of-the-art a decade ago, all intermixed with our usual suspects on

Build Something Meaningful

Creativity is gratifying personally, and when shared, it makes a better world. Building a trail is an exercise in creativity. Helping build a bike park, more so. A bike park strengthens the surrounding community. Outdoor recreation reduces crime rates, improves educational outcomes, and increases health and well-being. It’s a powerful economic engine that also creates

Optimists Define the Future

It’s been an interesting trek these few months. The view from here? Collaboration trumps criticism. Finding common ground bests finding fault. And embracing diversity — all riders, all trails — will take us to a new level. Optimism is the engine that drives us forward. There are new developments coming on in Hillsboro and Oregon

Invest in Developing Riders

Developing riding skills aids the advocacy and trail building aspects of our mission. Say what? How? Offering skills development facilities engenders formal and informal coaching. The availability of coaching encourages new riders to join the sport and, by association, NWTA. Better riders are more passionate about the sport. A larger and more passionate member base

Thank You, REI!

REI has generously donated $10,000 to relocate and reconstruct Stub Stewart’s Williams Creek Trail. This multi-user trail is located on the west side of the Banks-Vernonia Trail, along Brooke Creek. The trail parallels the creek on the flats and is a muddy mess for all users— standing water is present on the trail tread much

Ride Forest Park? Speak Up!

As part of the citywide Off-road Cycling Master Plan (ORCMP), the City is proposing five draft trail concepts in Forest Park. These concepts were guided by the Forest Park Planning Principles, which translate the project’s vision and the many plans for Forest Park into specific guidance for off-road cycling. Here are the five draft trail concepts: • Open Tolinda

2,000 Comments in 2 Weeks … And You?

In just a couple of weeks, those for and against have left nearly 2,000 comments about the Off-road Cycling Master Plan (ORCMP). Through in-person open houses and community events, the online interactive map, the Forest Park questionnaire, a general comment form, and email (offroadcycling@portlandoregon.gov), many have shared their ideas for creating more places for people of all ages and

OPB Thinks Out Loud About Off-Road Cycling

On Monday, April 3, Off-road Cycling Master Plan Project Manager Michelle Kunec-North and Project Advisory Committee member Evan Smith discussed the plan’s focus on kids and families, its goal to provide places to ride across the city — and Forest Park. Curious about who said what? Listen now.

Ride in the Wilderness

Well, not quite yet. House Federal Lands Subcommittee Chairman Tom McClintock (R-Calif.) has introduced legislation to let federal land managers regulate bicycle use on Wilderness trails. Details of the bill can be found at https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/1349 The bill, H.R. 1349, puts mountain bikers on the same footing as campers, hikers, hunters, and equestrians by restoring federal