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Oregon Scenic Bikeways Program celebrates 10-year anniversary May 3

April 8, 2019

SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon Scenic Bikeways Program is celebrating 10 years of beautiful bike routes 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. May 3 at the Capitol Galleria. The free event is open to the public and will feature cake, gifts, guest speakers and the unveiling of the brand-new scenic bikeways map.

“It’s been a fantastic first 10 years for the program,” said Lisa Sumption, director, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD). “We are proud of the work we’ve done and look forward to collaborating with our partners to promote more routes that inspire people to experience Oregon’s natural and cultural beauty by bicycle.”

Sumption is among the guest speakers for the event; remarks will begin at noon.
The Scenic Bikeways Program launched in 2009 and is a partnership between OPRD, Oregon Department of Transportation, Travel Oregon and Cycle Oregon. It is the first and only program of its kind in the United States.

Since 2009, OPRD has designated 17 Scenic Bikeways throughout Oregon, covering 1,253 miles. The newest route, Crooked River Canyon Scenic Bikeway, was designated in 2018.

Scenic Bikeways are nominated by local communities and designated based on scenic quality, road conditions and general riding enjoyment. Route difficulties vary—some are beginner friendly while others will challenge veteran riders—and each passes a through a distinct Oregon landscape.

Over the last decade, Scenic Bikeways have proven to be a boon for local communities: a study published by Travel Oregon found that in 2014, Scenic Bikeway cyclists spent $6.9 million on accommodations and food services and $5.3 million on retail, supporting over 150 local community jobs with earnings of approximately $3.4 million.

Explore the various routes and learn more about the program on the Travel Oregon Scenic Bikeways webpage.