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Updated Information for April 3 Parks Board Hearing on Off-Road Cycling Master Plan Discussion Draft

Parks Board will hear testimony from invited panels on Forest Park and Riverview areas and seeks comments on other areas of Portland.

Parks Board Hearing

The Portland Parks Board is reviewing the Discussion Draft of the Off Road Cycling Plan and will consider public feedback before providing a recommendation in Spring 2018.

Next Parks Board meeting will be in a new location and is scheduled for:

Tuesday, April 3, 2018, from 3:00 – 5:00 PM
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
1900 SW 4th Avenue, 7th Floor, Conference Room 7A
Portland, Oregon

At its April 3rd meeting, the Parks Board will consider making comments on the current Discussion Draft of the Off-Road Cycling Master Plan (ORCMP). Any comments made by the Parks Board will be delivered to the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability which is tasked with producing a final ORCMP.

Because of the level of interest in the ORCMP, the Board will extend the time for public comment on the Drat Plan for up to one hour. The format of the comment period will be as follows:

  • Panel 1: Invited testimony from Portlanders concerned about additional off-road cycling in Forest Park (10 minutes)
  • Panel 2: Invited testimony from Portlanders in favor of additional off-road cycling in Forest Park
  • Panel 3: Invited testimony from Portlanders on off-road cycling in the Riverview Natural Area (2 in favor of off-road cycling; 2 with concerns about off road cycling)
  • Panel 4: Individual Comments on Other Aspects of the ORCMP (excluding Forest Park and Riverview) 6 slots for testimony, each speaker limited to 2 minutes. Individuals wishing to speak will be asked to submit a Speaker Request Form. If there are more interested speakers than slots, there will be a drawing to determine the 6 individuals who will speak.

The Board will consider written testimony of 5 pages or less submitted by March 23rd at 1:00 pm to Testimony received after that date and time may not be considered by the Board.

Additional information about the meeting will be posted on the Parks Board website:

For more information, visit

Citywide off-road cycling ideas inspire lots of public feedback

Comments will be considered by project team to create a Proposed Draft Master Plan for City Council.

Thank you, Portlanders, for the many comments received on the Off-road Cycling Master Plan Discussion Draft (ORCMP)!

In the public comment period that closed December 31, 2017, staff received 871 individual comments, including more than 300 via the online interactive map and 500 through the online comment form on the project website.

Key topics of interest included Forest Park, River View Natural Area, the Dog Bowl and off-road cycling in general. Project staff will use this feedback to inform the development of the next draft of the plan (the Proposed Draft).

Next Steps
The Portland Parks Board is reviewing the ORCMP Draft Plan and will take public feedback before providing a recommendation in Spring 2018.

The public may submit in-person testimony on the Off-Road Cycling Master Plan at the Parks Board meeting on April 3, 2018 at 3 p.m. at the Congress Center, Room 513 (1001 SW 5th Avenue). Please check the Parks Board website for meeting updates and agenda.

For more information, visit

Draft Off-road Cycling Master Plan includes recommendations for trails and bike parks throughout the city for people of all ages and abilities

Learn more online or at upcoming open houses; then submit your comments by Sunday, December 31, 2017.

With the help of a project advisory committee, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability has released the Off-road Cycling Master Plan Discussion Draft for public review and comment. The Off-road Cycling Master Plan blends a citywide vision with a practical and realistic approach to increasing the opportunity for off-road cycling across Portland. The master plan recommends locations for three different types of bike facilities:

  • Natural surface trails
  • Urban trail corridors
  • Bicycle parks

Take a “ride” through the online open house to learn more about the recommendations for off-road cycling trails and bike parks throughout the city. Project staff will consider public comments before the forward final recommendations to City Council in 2018. 

The comment period for the Off-Road Cycling Master Plan Discussion Draft ends at midnight on Sunday, December 31, 2017.

You can comment in the following ways:

Four open houses throughout the city

Learn more about the proposals, talk to staff and submit your comments at one of these community events.

Thursday, November 30, 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Charles Jordan Community Center
9009 N Foss Avenue
TriMet Bus Route #4

Monday, December 4, 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Southwest Community Center 
6820 SW 45th Avenue
TriMet Bus Route #1

Thursday, December 7, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
East Portland Community Center
740 SE 106th Avenue
TriMet Bus Routes #15, 20

Wednesday, December 13, 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Matt Dishman Community Center
77 NE Knott Street
TriMet Bus Routes #4, 6, 24, 44

Bring your ideas and questions. We look forward to seeing you!


The project team combined community input from thousands of Portlanders with feedback from City property managers and the Project Advisory Committee to develop the Discussion Draft of the Off-road Cycling Master Plan. The Discussion Draft also draws on best practices, additional planning and visits to more complicated properties by environmental and off-road cycling specialists.

The Discussion Draft aims to support equity by bringing off-road cycling trails and bike parks to neighborhoods that have traditionally not had access to these types of places. The goal is to create more places to ride that are easy to get to from all neighborhoods by bike or transit.

The Discussion Draft also includes recommendations to ensure people of all ages, skill levels, and incomes can take part in off-road cycling. The recommendations also incorporate best practices on how to design facilities to create safe and sustainable trails. The result is a map of recommended sites for new trails and bicycle parks as well as many recommendations for how to create a safe, sustainable and successful system.

For more information, visit

Love Forest Park?

Community input and ideas needed on draft trail concepts for the popular natural area.

The City is considering five draft trail concepts to enhance off-road cycling in Forest Park as part of the citywide Off-road Cycling Master Plan.

All of the draft concepts include trail improvements for safety and sustainability as well as restoration of nearby natural habitat. Whether you walk, run, bike, or enjoy Forest Park in other ways, we want to hear what you think about these trail ideas.

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. The principles support:

  • Preserving the highest-use pedestrian trails in the park (including the Wildwood and Maple trails)
  • Achieving a net ecological benefit through trail improvements
  • Focusing on cross-country cycling experiences on narrower, rolling trails.

Important note: Building or implementing any potential project would require additional planning and community input, robust environmental review and multiple approvals.

The five draft trail concepts are:

  1. Open Tolinda Trail to off-road cycling
  2. Open Firelane 7, Firelane 7A, and Oil Line Road to off-road cycling
  3. Open Firelane 4 to off-road cycling and connect it to Saltzman Road
  4. Improve Firelane 1 and build a new trail parallel to Highway 30
  5. Build a new trail south of NW 53rd Drive

Head to the project website at and click “Off-road Cycling in Forest Park” to see the drafts and learn more. The website also includes a detailed feedback form where you can provide input on each Trail Concept and the Planning Principles. You can also add new ideas and more general comments.

Community members say where new dirt trails and bike parks should go

Feedback on Off-road Cycling Master Plan options will help planners meet the needs of a wide range of users

In just a couple of weeks, community members have left nearly 2,000 comments on the Off-road Cycling Master Plan

Through in-person open houses, the online interactive map, Forest Park questionnaire, general comment form and email, community members shared their ideas for creating more places for people of all ages and abilities to walk and ride on dirt paths and in bike parks.

These comments will help shape the proposal later this spring. We hope to hear from many more people by the end of the April.


Kids on bikes at New Columbia bike park

About 150 people, including lots of children, shared their ideas at a community event at New Columbia on Saturday, April 8. Kids, parents and grandparents added their comments about where new dirt trails and bicycle parks should be built. Many of the youth took the opportunity to try out the skill park on their own or on a borrowed bike. The Community Cycling Center opened up the Bike HUB, loaned bikes and helmets, and fixed a number of bikes.


We’re looking forward to hearing from more community members at the East Portland Community Center this Saturday, April 15.

This event will feature an open house, bike skills course, loaner bikes, free ice cream (!) — and a raffle for tickets to the Oregon Zoo and bike-related goodies. Spanish, Russian and Vietnamese-speaking community members are invited to come and chat with a Community Engagement Liaison to add their voice to the conversation. We hope you can join us!


Traditional open houses in Downtown and SW Portland were also a hit. About 100 interested and invested community members left detailed comments about places they want to, and don’t want to, see more trails and bike parks. Many also spent time talking with staff and other community members.

Additional open houses are scheduled this Thursday and Monday evenings (in Northwest and Southeast Portland).

People writing comments on maps