Oregon boasts nine official Scenic Bikeways that allow bicycle tourists to easily experience some picturesque landscapes on low-traffic roads.
Now Travel Oregon has hooked up with Laura Crawford and Russ Roca — the bicycle touring team known as PathLessPedaled.com — to promote the Scenic Bikeways on video.
Their first film, shown here, shows some highlights from the Old West Scenic Bikeway in eastern Oregon. The 174-mile bike loop starts in John Day and is designed to take three days. The route passes through nearly a dozen small towns with assortments of cafes and bakeries. There also are numerous options for camping or indoor lodging.
Their write-up on the ride — “Riding the Old West Scenic Bikeway” — can be seen at the Travel Oregon website. Although the route is designated for three days, Laura and Russ decided to take their time and stretched it out to five.
Oregon’s tourism department has to be applauded for creating and promoting the Scenic Bikeways that will bring direct no-carbon-footprint travelers to rural parts of the state to spend some money.
Colorado also has created a Bike the Byways promotion for cyclists who want to pedal that state’s 25 Scenic Byways.
Washington is missing the bus, even though it has limitless bicycle tourism possibilities. The Adventure Cycling Association touts some of them in a set of two maps for the Washington Parks Bicycle Route. Unfortunately, Washington closed its Tourism Office last year to save money, losing a big opportunity to promote bicycle travel here.
Blue Mountain Century Scenic Bikeway — 108 miles
Covered Bridges Scenic Bikeway — 38 miles
Grande Tour Scenic Bikeway — 135 miles
McKenzie Pass Scenic Bikeway — 36 miles
Metolius Loops Scenic Bikeway — 30 miles
Sisters to Smith Rock Scenic Bikeway — 37 miles
Twin Bridges Scenic Bikeway — 38 miles
Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway — 132 miles