Mountain Biking Included in Portland’s Master Bicycle Plan
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.