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Off-road Cycling Master Plan Vision and Desired Outcomes

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Citywide Goals:

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The Portland Off-road Cycling Master Plan…

Is built on an inclusive, constructive, and transparent planning process that:

  • Fosters an open, honest, and productive conversation that is easy and fun to participate in and that builds trust in City planning efforts.
  • Is inclusive,  engages historically under-represented groups, and brings people with different perspectives and experiences together.
  • Engages kids and families.
  • Is coordinated across City Bureaus and leadership.
  • Looks to other cities for best practices and tools to create a reasoned and sustainable approach to planning, designing and managing off-road cycling trails and facilities.

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Lays a foundation for how off-road cycling is understood, discussed and planned for in Portland. The Plan establishes the role of the City and its public spaces in meeting off-road cycling needs and provides a comprehensive framework for successfully meeting community needs. The Plan defines off-road cycling and develops a baseline understanding of who is, or would like to, ride off-road in the city now and in the future.
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Blends visionary goals with a practical and realistic approach. The plan is realistic, feasible, and works within the context of community needs and values, City goals, Portland’s urban environment and landscape, and regulatory constraints. But, it is also visionary, ambitious, and strives to make Portland a national example for incorporating off-road cycling into healthy communities. The Plan thinks creatively about all opportunities across the City, and within the region.
To realize long-term success, the Plan sets a clear course for implementation by addressing funding, design, development, and management.
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Designs with nature, by enhancing nature in the city and avoiding, limiting then mitigating adverse impacts on wildlife and natural resources, including fish and wildlife habitat and water resources. The Plan incorporates the City’s watershed health goals and reflects best practices in sustainable off-road cycling systems in its policy guidance, siting criteria, design, and management strategies.
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Promotes the health, safety and enjoyment of trail and park users, including people of all ages and abilities who walk, hike, ride bicycles, and otherwise enjoy the outdoors. The Plan carefully considers the needs of diverse users of Portland’s parks, employs siting and design best practices encourage mutual safety, and establishes a trail and facility system that extends quality recreational opportunities.
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Identifies a variety of trails and facilities that accommodate different ages, abilities, and riding experiences to meet community needs, while establishing where these facilities are most appropriate. The Plan envisions opportunities to expand access to recreation and nature across the city, especially for children, people of color and underserved communities. It proposes a bicycle- or transit- accessible system of off-road cycling trails and facilities for recreation and transportation across the city.
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Builds community ownership and partnerships for the stewardship of Portland’s parks, natural areas and other public properties. The Plan establishes a role for community groups, park users and volunteers – and recognizes their potential contribution – in building, managing and sustaining an off-road cycling system.
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Plans for responsible design and management of off-road cycling trails and facilities to cost-effectively meet community needs. In addition, the Plan acknowledges and leverages the potential economic benefits of off-road cycling and of a comprehensive park, trail and recreation system.
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