In an encouraging bit of news, Portland, Oregon’s Bike Master Plan is officially including mountain biking as an important part of the growing cycling infrastructure. Ã‚Â Here’s why:
Committee co-chair Mia Birk (former city bike coordinator now planner at Portland-basedÃ‚Â Alta Planning + Design) told the group that mountain biking has been included because Ã¢â‚¬Å“itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a gateway activity.Ã¢â‚¬Â People who might be afraid of riding on city streets, she said, like the appeal of riding off-road and they later become bike commuters. Birk also said that the League of American bicyclists has taken note of PortlandÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s lack of off-road riding opportunities and that Ã¢â‚¬Å“the community has been on our backs about it for a long time.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Sounds like a good idea to me. Ã‚Â See what else the Master Plan is up to on BikePortland.org.