Posts By: Chris Rotvik

5 Minutes to a Better Outdoor Economy

There’s a push in Salem to create a state Office of Outdoor Recreation. Colorado, Utah and Washington have outdoor agencies, while California and New Mexico are considering legislation similar to Oregon’s. The office would promote and grow Oregon’s outdoor industry, which contributes an estimated $12 billion to the state economy. Meanwhile, the Trump Administration’s proposed

$20 Shirt, Free Bike Park!

Ed Fischer at Camas Bike and Sport has got a deal for you! Simply buy one of these very nice (I know, I have one!) t-shirts and you’ll help ensure the installation of a pump track and jump lines at Washougal Bike Park this Summer. These are some very serious features coming on. Imagine a

Speak Up Now About ORCMP

Portland has launched an interactive map to gather your feedback on the potential sites for off-road cycling in the city: Click on a site, understand its potential, and submit your feedback directly. But before you go, there’s a few things you must know: Don’t be confused by the six black location markers, they simply identify existing

February’s Member Meetup

We had a big turnout last night at Velo Cult catching up with friends, snacking and sipping, and getting the low-down. First, the announcements: CLIMB Andy Jansky delighted us with news that the planned CLIMB (Cascade Locks International Mountain Bike) trail near Cascade Locks, big sister to easyCLIMB, is coming out of hibernation. Initiated in

Metro Wants to Know

Metro is asking for our help. Through 2016, the Chehalem Ridge Nature Park planning team connected with residents throughout the region to gather opinions on what the new nature park should be like. More than 4,500 survey responses, eight on-site tours, and a series of engagement events have shaped the Park’s draft recommendations. Please take

January’s Member Meetup

After drinks, a bit of light food, hey-there, and bike ogling — love the mix at Velo Cult — the meeting snicked into high gear. Michelle Kunec-North of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, herself a competitive off-road cyclist, led an open forum on ORCMP (dig in here). Questions, some tough, were asked, answers were

The Public Land Heist

Special interest groups are waging an aggressive campaign to sell off public lands in the west (get the basics, then learn about Oregon legislation here). Recently, led by the Outdoor Industry Association, 173 outdoor industry CEOs signed an open letter urging President Trump and Congress to keep public lands public. Please join in via an electronic petition

Youth Access to Gateway Green Improving

EASIER RIDE-TO-RIDE ON THE EASTSIDE The I-205 undercrossing, a bike and pedestrian connection between the west side of I-205 and Gateway Green, will make the park more easily accessible by riders — youth in particular — from surrounding neighborhoods. It’s one of 13 different Gateway District cycling projects PBOT (Portland Bureau of Transportation) plans to

Act Today, Washington County Residents

EMAIL TWO SENTENCES, ENSURE TILLAMOOK FOREST ACCESS Washington County has until Wednesday, January 25, to opt out of a $1.4-billion, class-action lawsuit against the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF). County commissioners, split on the matter, need to hear from you— and banging out a quick email will do (how-to below). RECREATION VERSUS MONEY Underpinning the

Speaking Up

ASSEMBLING THE ADVOCACY PUZZLE PIECES Portland’s Off-Road Cycling Master Plan (ORCMP) — a developing vision for a citywide system of off-road cycling facilities — is helping debunk common misunderstandings that often get in the way of mountain bike access to trails. Because we’re all advocates, I’d like to share a distillation of information that each