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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!

Background

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 www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/offroadcycling.

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 www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/offroadcycling 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.

NEW COLUMBIA EVENT A HIT

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.

JOIN US IN EAST PORTLAND THIS WEEKEND!

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!

ELSEWHERE IN PORTLAND …

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

More dirt trails for hiking and biking and off-road cycling parks are being planned for Portland

Tell us where you’d like to see more off-road cycling trails and parks in or near your neighborhood with our online and in-person open houses and community events

Portlanders, we love our nature, right? It’s one of the things that makes our city so special. That’s why the City of Portland is looking for ways to increase off-road cycling facilities throughout the city – so more people can be active outside, experience nature and their city, and enjoy riding a bicycle.

Through the Off-road Cycling Master Plan, you can be a part of the decision-making process … about what kinds of trails, pump tracks and skill parks should go where. We’re particularly interested in creating more opportunities for people and families in underserved areas. 

What do you think?

We want to hear from you! Whether you like to walk, bike, run, experience nature, or enjoy Portland’s parks and open spaces in other ways, your input will help create a more complete “system” of dirt trails and other facilities throughout the city. 

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Bring the whole family to a community event where you can test your riding skills on your bicycle or ours, enjoy free food, and enter to win fun prizes! Or join us at an evening open house to share your ideas. Events are being held at six different locations all around the city, starting Thursday, April 6, 2017.

Learn more and give feedback from the comfort of your kitchen table

Don’t have time to come to an open house? Visit our super fun online open house, with pictures, videos, maps and illustrations. Then use the interactive map to tell us where you'd like to see more places to walk, bike and enjoy nature in the city. 

December 15th Advisory Committee meeting is postponed

Meeting has been rescheduled to January 26

The December Project Advisory Committee meeting is postponed due to weather and travel conditions. The meeting has been rescheduled to January 26, 2017 with details posted on the project calendar