Category Archives: Advocacy & Activism

Fat Biking in the Oregon Coast Range

Surly Fat Bike takes a rest while sunrises in the Oregon Coast Range.

Fat Bike takes a rest while sunrises in the Oregon Coast Range.

The idea of building a statewide multi-user trail network has been a passion of mine for the last several years. Along these lines, I have been promoting the vision of an Oregon Coast Pathway since 2010.  This interest naturally led me to the Salmonberry Corridor trail, a project in the preliminary planning phase, which would connect Banks to Tillamook via the Oregon Coast Range. After attending my first meeting last fall, I have been following the project closely and was determined to attend the latest public meeting last Friday in Wheeler as a representative of the Northwest Trail Alliance.

Now, in the children’s story, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, we learn that sometimes a simple action can lead to a complex chain of events.

If a hungry little mouse shows up on your doorstep, you might want to give him a cookie. And if you give him a cookie, he’ll ask for a glass of milk. He’ll want to look in a mirror to make sure he doesn’t have a milk mustache, and then he’ll ask for a pair of scissors to give himself a trim…

Wild Salmonberry in the Oregon Coast Range

Wild Salmonberry in the Oregon Coast Range

In my case, you might say the cookie was a salmonberry. I was determined to attend that meeting at the coast. And I decided I wanted to bike there from Portland. And since I was biking there, I decided I should travel as near to the corridor as possible. And since I was going to be biking out there in the wilderness, I figured I ought to take a friend with some experience.  So I hit up  my good friend, bike shop owner, and endurance racer, Nathan Jones, to join me.  And since Jones has started renting Fat Bikes, we figured it might be a good idea to do some gear testing on a long ride that would tackle many road surfaces. So, if you give a mouse a cookie-of-a-meeting in Wheeler, Oregon. It could turn into fat bike demo and adventure in the Coast Range.Salmonberry Corridor Segments

The four segments of the Salmonberry Corridor.

The four segments of the Salmonberry Corridor.

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Mark Gorton – Rethinking the Automobile


I recently traveled to the Oregon Active Transportation Summit in Salem, Oregon.  I was so inspired by the keynote presentation Beyond the Automobile by Mark Gorton (which I happened to videotape) that I wrote a commentary piece for The Oregonian in hopes that I could help spread Gorton’s liveable streets message beyond the choir and also to connect it to the local transportation policy debates around the Columbia River Crossing and free parking in Portland.

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CMC Live from Burgerville and a Ride with Mia Birk

Is cycling going mainstream or just selling out?

Join the discussion/ride NOON TODAY here at CrankMyChain.com OR bring your bike meet us at Burgerville on Hawthorne Blvd.

I’ll be talking to Burgerville spokesman Jack Graves. From there we’ll do a gentle tour of Ladd’s while we interview Alta Planning’s Mia Birk about her upcoming book and preview tonight’s forum with David Byrne, Jonathan Maus, and Timo Forsberg (we’ll be giving away a couple copies of David Byrne’s new book to the first two web viewers to connect their video feed and ask for it).

I am trying to arrange some goodies from Burgerville for those who show up on bikes. If that falls through, I’ll buy you a hamburger or something. Vegan? That’ll be a future show.