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

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