But an at-grade highway crossing may limit who uses it
Proposed new trailhead and at-grade highway crossing | Image from Forest Service (with updates) | click for larger PDF
The Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District of the Deschutes National Forest’s latest proposal, the Welcome Station Trail Connections project, features construction of a 3.4 mile non-motorized paved path to connect the Bend Parks and Recreation District Haul Road Trail to a yet-to-be built Welcome Station on the Cascade Lakes Highway southwest of Bend. The project envisions a new trailhead across from the Entrada Lodge at what is now an unsanctioned parking lot.
Tunnel beneath Cascade Lakes Highway at Conklin Road in Bend | Photo provided by ODOT
Additionally, a few mountain bike trails will be constructed, re-routed or rehabilitated between Tyler’s Traverse (4.9 miles), Phil’s Trail system (6.3 miles), and the COD mountain bike trail (0.4 miles) to make connections with the Cascade Lakes Highway bicycle and pedestrian undercrossing near the future Welcome Station. The tunneling construction was timed to coincide with last August’s paving of the scenic byway.
Tied-in to Phil’s
Public comments submitted during the comment period for the Phil’s Trailhead parking lot paving project included queries as to why another dirt trailhead couldn’t be located further west on Skyliners where there are already a few informal ones. While rejected as an option in their environmental assessment for that project, the concept seems to have resonated with local land stewards. [click to continue…]
Gifts for the cycling enthusiast on your list can be a tough prospect. Bikes themselves are personal by design: the purpose, the size, not to mention the quality of construction. I’ve been in bike retail long enough to have seen quite a few gifted bicycles come back for a post-Christmas exchange. To a cyclist, a bicycle is a mechanical extension of her body, so READ MY PRINT: buy a gift bike as a casual novelty (think beach cruiser), or bring the rider with you for the final decision.
Happily, there are other bike-related items that get used up, things you can never have too many of, and things many of us never seem to buy for ourselves. These are the kinds of items that make ideal gifts during the holiday season.
It’s important to realize that long fingers don’t make gloves warm. On the other hand, your thick, warm downhill ski gloves make it virtually impossible to effectively engage your brakes and shift levers. A good pair of windproof cycling gloves will not only keep a rider’s hands warm, they’ll be thin enough to retain most of your much-needed dexterity to to do unimportant things such as stopping and shifting.
I know I mentioned fenders in a previous article, but they really are that important. Bend is lucky to have Woody’s Fenders right here in town. Run singlehandedly by long-term local Cody Davis, Woody’s Fenders are surely the most stylish and functional addition for any all-weather bike.
Each set of hand crafted fenders adds a certain elegance to even the most lowly commuting rig | Photo provided by Cody Davis
Flat tires happen. [click to continue…]
Here are a few bite sized stories:
the Sandwichbike | image from dezeen.com
Bend’s Bike Walk Project
Bend is known as a world-class recreational cycling destination, but its level of urban utilitarian cycling remains mediocre at best. Much of this is due to a lack of quality cycling infrastructure that makes using a bicycle to get around town easy and safe. In an effort to improve conditions for cycling and walking the City of Bend has recently introduced the Bend Bike Walk Project, which according to the project webpage, aims to, “deliver Bike and Walk Capital Improvement Projects that meet the Transportation System Plan goals and objectives.” This project is a step forward in getting the public involved in the process of bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure improvement. [click to continue…]