Advocacy

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

Love Forests? Respond to ODF Operations Plans

Each year the Oregon Department of Forestry invites public comment on work plans, called Annual Operations Plans (AOPs), outlining state forest activities. Through May 4, public comments are invited for ODF’s district activities for the 2018 fiscal year, which starts July 1, 2017. These plans describe specific activities such as timber sales, reforestation, road building,

Win at an ORCMP Event

Come learn about Portland’s Off-Road Cycling Master Plan, comment on options in your neighborhood, and talk to the project team about your questions or desires at an ORCMP open house or community event. That’ll be a win, but there’s more: We’ll provide a one-year NWTA membership — renewal or new — to an attendee, selected

Mountain Biking’s Future

The future of mountain biking is being born here: In the city, where our kids, and our neighbor’s kids, are being raised. And mountain biking’s next big evolution is not about the bike. It’s about outreach, inclusion, and community. Unconvinced? These pictures tell the story. We have some work to do. A few, following an

Off-Road Cycling on OPB Think Out Loud Today

Michelle Kunec-North, Program Coordinator, City of Portland will be on OPB’s Think Out Loud today (April 3rd) at noon for a segment on the Off-Road Cycling Master Plan. The conversation will likely run from 12:20 to 12:40. The show is live and will be taking listener calls. The show will also be rebroadcast at 8

March’s Member Meetup

Our March meeting at Velo Cult brought a lighter (daylight savings time) start to the affair but also a lighter crowd (it’s also Spring break week). To simulate the experience at home, grab your favorite snack and drink, and we’re on to the announcements! Emcee Andy Crump began by noting that Washougal Bike Park will

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