BPS is developing an Off-road Cycling Master Plan to help meet the community’s recreation needs by providing Portlanders more opportunities to be active and experience nature in the city and to guide where and how Portland creates places to ride a bicycle off-road.
Project staff and consultants have begun screening sites throughout the city for their potential as future off-road cycling facilities, including sustainable trails and bike parks for mountain biking, skill tracks and other types of off-road cycling activities. Last month, the project advisory committee reviewed the first draft results of the screening process.
Based on this screening process, the BPS GIS team is developing a new interactive map to display potential off-road cycling sites across Portland. Available later this fall, the online map will allow stakeholders to view and comment on the screened sites, as well as other desirable cycling locations that are not included on the map.
The project team is also working on a citywide “needs assessment” to better understand the types and number of off-road facilities needed to serve Portlanders. The team is looking at other U.S. cities for models of urban off-road cycling facilities. And following the example of the successful Portland Skatepark Plan, the team is working to establish a level of service to guide decision-making. The project advisory committee will review this draft document in a future meeting.
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About the Off-road Cycling Master Plan
The Portland Off-road Cycling Master Plan will provide a citywide plan for a system of off-road cycling trails and facilities to expand opportunities for kids, adults and families to ride for fun, exercise and to experience nature in the city.
The Off-road Cycling Master Plan is considering the needs of all park users, the park system as a whole, and broad City goals. The plan will be based on best practices and guidelines for sustainable trail design and management, which require careful consideration of all trail users and the natural environment.
The bureau is leading this planning effort in collaboration with members of the public, stakeholder groups and other City bureaus and public agencies. The Project Advisory Committee, which is guiding the development of the plan, includes 16 community members representing a broad spectrum of trail and park users, environmental stewards, business, recreation and tourism interests, and a variety of historically under-served communities.