July 6, 2009
Though widely recognized for its singular friendliness to cyclists, Portland has very little to offer mountain bike enthusiasts in the way of "single-track" trails, or trails dedicated solely to mountain bikers, reports Brian Barker in the July issue of "Portland Monthly."
For over 20 years, the mountain-biking community has advocated for increased trails in Portland, and as the new Commissioner-in-Charge of the Parks Bureau, Commissioner Fish has welcomed the opportunity to engage a broad range of interested parties in this discussion.
While conservation groups have raised concerns about the impact of mountain bikes on already heavily-trafficked trails, Commissioner Fish is committed to finding a solution all stakeholders can agree on.
The Commissioner convened a stakeholder roundtable in early April to solicit opinions and suggestions, and as the conversation moves forward, the Commissioner will continue to involve a diverse group to ensure that the final plan is successful.
Thanks to BikePortland.org and their Flickr account for this photo!