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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

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.