East Multnomah County
Bicycle Tourism Initiative
In This Issue
Upcoming in the Region
Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce
Public Health Awareness Week
Villages at Mt. Hood
Cascade Locks
Northwest Trails Alliance
State Parks

Heart warming at Ventura Park Pump Track


Ventura Park Pump Track - Portland, Oregon
"It's like practicing to ride a bike."


Shared Use Path Courtesy Tips and Reminders

  • Use audible warnings when approaching and passing slower path users
  • Respect others' rights-of-way -- wheels yield to heels
  • Stay to the right
  • Leave room for others to pass

Nutcase Helmet Design Contest, Entries Due 3.30

Submit a design by March 30th 
and be considered to win $1,000 and have your design appear on helmets across the nation. 
Bicycle Tourism Initiative interview on Community Hotline MetroEast
CHL 3 19 14 GACC Bicycle Tourism Initiative

A 17-minute conversation with Alison Hart, Chamber CEO, and Heidi Beierle, Program Coordinator.
Upcoming in the Region

Free Legal Clinic for Bicyclists

March 26 from 6-7 pm

BTA HQ, 618 NW Glisan, Suite 401, Portland

More information here.

Missed this one?  Save the date for the next, May 21.


Volunteer Planting with Johnson Creek Watershed, Friends Of Trees and Portland Parks and Recreation

March 29th at 9 am

Powell Butte area

More information and RSVP here.


Johnson Creek Watershed Council Spring Birds Class

April 3 from 7-9 pm


More information and RSVP here.


Restoration Work Party - Volunteer to Pull Blackberry

April 5 from 9 am -1 pm


More information and RSVP here.


Friends of the Columbia Gorge -- 34th Annual Meeting and Luncheon
April 6th from 12-2:30 pm
Skamania Lodge, Stevenson, WA

Restoration Work Party along Springwater Trail

April 12 from 9 am - 12 pm

SE Portland

More information, directions, and RSVP here.


Invasive Weed Removal along Historic Columbia River Highway

April 19

Contact Friends President Jeanette Kloos for more information or call 503.227.5638.

Oregon Active Transportation Summit
April 21
Portland, Oregon

Blue Lake Regional Park Trail Dedication
April 22 from 11am-12pm
Blue Lake Regional Park (enter from Marine Drive)

Bike Commute Challenge Kick-Off

April 22 from 4:30 - 6 pm

Hoppy Brewer, 328 N. Main, Gresham

More info here.


Spring Quarterly Trails Forum
April 23 from 1-3:15 pm
Metro, 600 NE Grand Ave, Portland

Oregon Governor's Conference on Tourism
April 27-29
Sunriver, Oregon

Helmet Giveaway and Bike Safety Booth

May 10 from 9 am - 2:30 pm

Gresham Farmers' Market, Downtown Gresham

More info here.


Sandy Delta Tree Care Volunteer Work Party

May 10 from 9 am - 12 pm

Sandy River Delta Park, Troutdale

For more information or to join the day's event, contact corinne@sandyriver.org.


Mt. Hood Wine, Dine, and Ride Weekend

May 23-25

Resort at Mt. Hood, Welches

Event poster here. Register here.


Powell-Division Transit Project Briefing at Gresham Neighborhoods Information Fair


May 28 from 6:00-8:00 pm

Greater Gresham Baptist Church, 3848 Division, Gresham

Event info here.

Historic Columbia River Highway Receives Major Endorsement

Read the Oregon Transportation Commission's Resolution here and BikePortland's discussion of this win for active transportation here.
Registration now open for Portland Wheelmen Touring Club's Pioneer Century on June 7th
Choose your perfect route length: 8-mile, 32-mile, 45-mile, 55-mile, 77-mile, or 100-mile.



A bicycle adventure for all ages and abilities.


June 14th in The Dalles


News   Events   Pictures
Is there something bicycle tourism related in the region you'd like to share?
Send it to Heidi Beierle, Project Coordinator.
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March 2014 Update
Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce
Fun First to Increase the Numbers of Women and Kids Riding Bicycles

Fun, as the nation learned from the National Women's Cycling Forum in early March, is a key ingredient to increasing the numbers of women and youth riding bikes.  The Bicycle Tourism Initiative has targeted these bicycle travelers as people we would like to attract to the region. 



We encourage fun, all kinds == whether that's a great place to stay after a hard ride, a route that lets you see lots of critters along the way, or a means to cupcake and playground ends. We're working to make it easier for residents and visitors to have  great experiences on a bike in the East Multnomah County region.


Read BikePortland's fun fact coverage of the Forum.


By next month, we may have planned the Vitamin C Ride -- Costumes, Cycles, Cupcakes, Coffee, and Crudite.  Although if you have thoughts on a fun ride idea, we're all ears!  Email Heidi.  No idea is too outrageous so long as it's something women and kids would do on a bike.



Which Are Your Favorite Bicycle Rides and Bicycle-Friendly Businesses In East Multnomah County?

The Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center is collecting favorite rides - road, path, trail and gravel - along with bicyclists' favorite businesses to visit while out on a ride. Click here to share your ideas and help us move ahead two of our immediate-term strategies.

Health Awareness

Observe National Public Health Awareness Week by Riding a Bike, April 7-13


Across the nation, health organizations are encouraging health with bike rides, fun runs, walks, healthy food choices, and more.


The Bicycle Tourism Initiative is a great supporter of public health and has lots of information and resources to match visitors and community members with great biking routes and activities. Biking is an excellent choice for a healthy body and mind.


Take a ride on the Springwater Trail. Ride to Blue Lake Park for a picnic and disc golf. Wind your way through agricultural back roads to Dodge Park. Mountain bike at Sandy Ridge. Pedal from the John B. Yeon Trailhead to Cascade Locks.

Villages at Mt. Hood

Mt. Hood Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee Receives Tourism Marketing Grant

WELCHES: The Mt. Hood Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee received $3000 in grant funding from the Villages of Mt. Hood Tourism Marketing Alliance to develop an organizational website and database.  Funds will also support the Mt. Hood Wine, Dine, and Ride Weekend through promotion, advertising, and other assistance.


Mt. Hood Wine, Dine, and Ride May 23-25  

The first Annual Mt. Hood Wine, Dine, and Ride Weekend will occur May 23-25 and is sponsored by the Resort at the Mountain. Click here to view the event poster. Visit the event tab here to register.


New, New, New, New

An Oregon Scenic Bikeway application is being developed for consideration in 2015. The intended route goes from Oregon City to Government Camp, following the Barlow Road Ride route. An extension of the route to Hood River or The Dalles would boost economic opportunities. Contact George Wilson, Mt. Hood Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee for more information or to get involved in the planning process.


Mt. Hood Bicycle and Pedestrian Coalition endorses Mt. Hood Mountain Bike Skills Park.


BLM managers are exploring enhanced day and overnight use at Wildwood Recreation Area, which may include bicycling amenities.


A new multi-day cycling event is planned for September 2015 centered on Mt. Hood.

Cascade Locks

Bicycle Tourism is Critical in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

The Port of Cascade Locks recently released a one-pager outlining the benefits all bicycle travelers bring to rural economies. These mountain bikers, day road riders, travelers on multi-day touring trips, and families on cruisers all contribute to the bicycle travel economy. Read more here.

Northwest Trails Alliance

Sunday Family Rides at Lumberyard



NWTA sponsors Sunday family days at the Lumberyard! Don't let the Spring wetness make you cry. Build your skills and have fun at Gateway's indoor bike park.


Volunteer with Northwest Trails Alliance

Current opportunities include Trail Care, Bike Patrol, Ambassador, Bike Shop Liaison, and Media Contacts Update Guru.


Want to be a teaching assistant this summer?  Youth ages 10-17 from across the metro region will be learning mountain biking and trail stewardship skills in this eastern neck of the woods: Ventura Park Pumptrack, EasyCLIMB in Cascade Locks, Powell Butte, and Sandy Ridge. Enrich lives through mountain biking.


Sign up and more information here


Transportation System Plan Update

The Troutdale City Council had a public hearing March 11th on the City's Transportation System Plan (TSP) Update. The main update to the TSP is to include relevant projects in the East Metro Connections Plan. If you missed the public hearing but would like to provide comment, there is still time. Written comment may be submitted to the City Recorder's office for inclusion in Council packets, and public testimony may be given at the next meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, April 8th at 7 p.m. Click here for the City Council agendas, packets, and recordings.


Exit 17 Interchange, Construction begins in March

Have you ever found yourself wanting to head south under I-84 at Marine Drive - walking, biking, driving? Bicyclists and pedestrians can manage it if they walk through the dirt above the jersey barriers under the overpass. The experience could be so much better.


ODOT is beginning construction on improvements to Exit 17 that will allow two-way traffic movements at Marine Drive/257th for motor vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians. Non-motorized improvements include bike lanes and sidewalks on both sides of the road.


During construction, be prepared to detour the intersection at 238th. Construction and closures will occur at night and on weekends. Closures will be publicized ahead of time. Construction is anticipated to complete in November 2015.


Contact ODOT's Susan Hanson for more information or to be added to the project updates list. More information about the project can also be found on ODOT's project website.

State Parks

Connect Oregon Grant Submitted for Bike Hubs and Pods

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department submitted a $348,000 grant proposal to fund construction of 12 deluxe bike pods, designed to serve overnight bike travelers, and 7 basic bike hubs to meet basic repair, electronics charging, and rest needs for day riders.  Three of the bike hubs and two bike pods are targeted for the Gorge, including sites at the Women's Forum, Ainsworth, Viento, Hatfield, and Mosier.


Read more about the application and enthusiastic support for these bicycle tourism amenities here.


Ainsworth State Park Now Open for Camping

Early season bikepacking?  Planning to travel by bike and camp this summer?  Ainsworth State Park has hot showers, waterfalls, hiking trails, and camp sites.  Sites fill on a first-come first-served basis.  Visitors who arrive on foot or bicycle are guaranteed a place to camp even when the campground is "Full."  If the Connect Oregon grant is successful, Ainsworth is targeted for bike pods -- bicycle-specific overnight camping areas.


Share Your Input to Make State Parks More Bike-Friendly

The third set of public meetings in the Gorge state park planning process are scheduled for April 30 and May 1, 2014.  Come and share your thoughts. 


Park staff will present planning concepts for state parks in the Gorge and listen to public comment at these meetings. Planning concepts will include strategies for park management in the Gorge and specific strategies and site plans for the most significant park properties.   


Planning proposals will be available at www.gorgeparksplan.com for review on April 23. You can also to review and comment on past public meeting materials including existing conditions and guiding values.