I know, I need to wrap up the Short Track Series, and I will, but before the last race, we had a great time at the Bike Parade. Most of our family hustled down to the Oregon State Fairgrounds Pavillion to meet up with the many other riders who would ride down the State Capitol and back, as a bike and family friendly way to kick off the Oregon State Fair.
We met up at the central location where BMX and Mountain Bike Short track would register and enter the race the following day. Many riders were in costume, or had their bikes dressed up and many kids were in tow or on their own bikes as well! It was great to see the kids out enjoying the ride.
Earlier in the day the rain dumped down and we wondered how miserable the ride would be for the parade, however, we caught the sunbreak and had really nice weather for the ride.
Many thanks to the local law enforcement for providing a police escort along the way, giving us a safe path all the way to the Capitol building and back. We even had a few folks who came out to cheer on the riders.
Yesterday, I made a decision to tackle the Impending Three Week Dilema head on. We are heading out with our family for a three week, cross-country road trip, hitting a ton of states from Oregon to Georgia and back. I’ve been dreading the three weeks off without any riding, and had just resigned myself to losing the time, as we really didn’t have a ton of room for me to bring a bunch of bike gear on the trip. However, over the past few weeks, my wife has been saying that she really wanted for me to figure a way to get some riding in, and since she was twisting my arm so much…I finally relented.
I got an email from Alexandra Phillips, who is the Oregon Parks and Rec Coordinator, letting me know that the new online guide to the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway is available and ready for use! Here is the official press release that will be issued Thursday, for your sneak peak viewing:
Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway guide now on web
An information-packed guide to a newly signed Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway is now online at www.oregonscenicbikeways.org.
Intended to provide cyclists with all the guidance needed to follow the 127-mile route, the online tour includes printable maps as well as information on places to camp, historic points of interest, side trips and diversity of agriculture seen along the way.
The northern end of the bikeway is at Champoeg State Heritage Area, the site of an 1843 meeting that led to Oregon’s first provisional government. From Willamette Mission State Park to the south, it continues southward on a revised route east instead of west of the Willamette River through Salem, Albany and Brownsville. The south end of the route is in Armitage County Park north of Eugene.
The web guide divides the bikeway into four segments: Champoeg State Heritage Area to Salem; Salem to Albany; Albany to Brownsville and Brownsville to Armitage County Park. The maps include elevation profiles of each segment and detailed maps of Keizer, Salem and Albany.
First conceived by Cycle Oregon, the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway is Oregon’s first and, thus far, only designated Oregon Scenic Bikeway. It is recognized as a prototype for future state scenic bikeways—routes that offer cyclists access to outstanding scenic, historic and natural settings. The Oregon Scenic Bikeway Committee, established in 2008, is charged with designating such routes after evaluating nominations by the public. ###
OPRD Bicycle Recreation Coordinator
Everyone who gets on a bike and rides any amount of distance is going to eventually find themselves at a stop sign. The topic of what’s required by the cyclist at said stop sign is one that is frequently discussed, both by the cyclist as well as the non-cyclist. Here in Oregon, the current law states that the cyclist must come to a complete stop, but does NOT include any language requiring a foot to be placed on the ground, as some often incorrectly believe.
Now, I’m willing to bet body parts that everyone who’s ridden their bike more than just a couple of times has one through a stop sign without coming to a complete stop. At the same time, I’m pretty sure most of us who’ve driven cars have spent less time at a stop sign than is legally required as well…but I’ll stick to the topic at hand here. In Idaho, the laws are different, giving the cyclist the opportunity to make a judgement call:
A person operating a bicycle or human-powered vehicle approaching a stop sign shall slow down and, if required for safety, stop before entering the intersection. After slowing to a reasonable speed or stopping, the person shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle in the intersection or approaching on another highway so closely as to constitute an immediate hazard during the time the person is moving across or within the intersection or junction of highways, except that a person after slowing to a reasonable speed and yielding the right-of-way if required, may cautiously make a turn or proceed through the intersection without stopping.
I’ve always said that when you’re on a bike, either be a vehicle, or a pedestrian…but don’t pick and choose as it’s convenient for you. I’m not a fan of taking a lane of traffic, and then hitting the sidewalk to blow through a red light in town. (I may change my mind, but I’m also not a fan of club rides blowing through red lights for momentum’s sake, as I’ve seen in town here…but come back in a few years and maybe I’ll change my mind.) That being said, when I’m out on a solo ride, or with a few other riders, and we’re out of town or traffic, we tend to ride like Idaho cyclists…just saying.
Whatever your take, I think this video does a good job of explaining the legistation that Oregon is currently considering. I love the graphics, and think that Portland resident Spencer Boomhower does a great job. I think when I’m out on my bike though, that the words floating around me would be more like “hmmm, is someone grilling? I could use a cheeseburger.” Or, “dang, my knees are still bumping my gut on the upstroke….need to lay off the cheeseburgers.” Or perhaps even, “If I crank out another 15 miles, I so deserve a cheeseburger.” Anyway, you get the drift. Feel free to post your thoughts.