Posts By: Chris Rotvik

E-I-E-I ORCMP

Assessing the Off-Road Cycling Master Plan Portland’s Off-Road Cycling Master Plan is now in its final stage of development, the Draft Plan Phase. The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) is asking the public for feedback on the Draft, which will be incorporated into the Proposed Plan presented to City Council for adoption. As an

Gratitude

As we roll through fall, kicking up that last bit of dust before the landscape goes red, gold, and muddy, it’s a good time to reflect on the challenges we stepped up to, the accomplishments we nailed down, and the folks who made it happen … You. Thank you. Words don’t do justice to the

Wrapping Up ORCMP

After a summer out of view, Portland’s Off-Road Cycling Master Plan (ORCMP) is stepping back into the sometimes harsh spotlight of political discourse: The next PAC (Project Advisory Committee) meeting — scheduled for Thursday, October 5th at 4pm, 1900 SW 4th Avenue, 7th floor — is set to discuss an updated set of draft recommendations

Sandy Ridge News

Recently, NWTA met with the BLM to exchange planning information for 2018. Here’s what’s coming for Sandy Ridge: The Sandy Ridge Trailhead Construction begins October 2nd on expansion of the Sandy Ridge Trailhead. Long-term plans include tripling parking capacity and adding tailgating bump outs, potable water, security improvements, changing rooms, a bicycle wash station, and

Fall Work Party Lineup

For those of you itching to get a little dirt under your fingernails buffing our summer-worn trails into all-weather riding goodness, we have welcome news (aside from the rain)! Here’s our current schedule of fall 2017 work parties: • October 28: Stub Stewart #2 (Drip Torch touchups) • November 4: Sandy Ridge #1 (winter readiness)

Rank Portland’s Bicycle Friendliness

Admittedly, we’re a little out of our realm here, but many of you are also commuters and road cyclists. Help the The League of American Bicyclists rank Portland as a Bicycle Friendly Community (spoiler alert: there’s nothing here about off-road cycling). Portland’s 2013 Rank was Platinum. Does that still ring true? Here’s the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BFC_FA17_PortlandOR

Shaping our Future

Our plans for 2018 are beginning to form. What would you like to see NWTA do more of in 2018? Is there something you’d prefer we do less of? We’re working for you — member, sponsor, and land manager alike — so please let us know how we can better reflect your desires. Email me

Got Butte?

Weigh in on cycling in Gabbert Butte Nature Park Part of a swath of upland forest, Gabbert Butte sits nestled among the Gresham, Hogan, and Sunshine Buttes just south of downtown Gresham. One of a complex of extinct volcanoes, It’s a wonderful piece of nature in the city, with springs and streams feeding Johnson Creek,

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