In 2018 we kicked off a planning effort for the Oregon Coast Bike Route (OCBR). With the changes in bicycle infrastructure standards, and the growth of bike tourism destinations and travel options both nationally and along U.S. 101, this was a much needed effort.
Designated in the 1980s, the OCBR is a popular bike route running the length of the Oregon coast (U.S. 101) for approximately 370 miles. It is estimated that between 6,000 and 10,000 people ride the OCBR annually.
This is a planning process and while we do not currently have funding identified for projects, we will identify needs and potential design solutions. The OCBR is being evaluated with a focus on identifying high priority improvement locations; defining the route and where it leaves U.S. 101; defining projects and supportive program investments; and determining how we and the local governments may make investments in the route.
Suggested solutions could be supportive programs, capital investments or operational solutions and may include both short and long-term investment ideas. For example, a short-term idea might make the route safer or more comfortable with a smaller fix such as improving signs, adding flashing lights, or doing targeted education for drivers and bicyclists along the route. A long-term solution might involve more funding and bigger concepts such as separated bicycle and pedestrian bridges and shoulder widening.
We are working with other state agencies and organizations such as the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) and Travel Oregon. That includes working with the OPRD and its Oregon Coast Trail effort, and where the two efforts may overlap or complement each other.
Project started in 2018 and will wrap up in 2020
The route between Astoria and the California border
Cost and Funding
To be Determined