Advocacy

The Oregon Trail Tax

In case you haven’t heard, pay it forward has a whole new meaning in Oregon. In response to the ‘bike tax’ recently implemented under Oregon House Bill 2017, Santa Cruz Bicycles will be matching the $15 per bike excise tax customers pay with an equal donation to three Oregonian trail building organizations–the Northwest Trail Alliance (NWTA),

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

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

NWTA in the news

Board members Erin and Matt breakdown the win-win proposition of MTB trails in Portland http://www.theintertwine.org/outside-voice/we-all-want-same-thing

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

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