Cyclists now have a handy new tool to help them explore the beauties of Oregon on two wheels.
Created by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) and Travel Oregon, the free Oregon Scenic Bikeways map highlights some of the prettiest and bike-friendliest routes in the state.
The Scenic Bikeways program, the first of its kind in the country, features routes suggested by locals that have been officially reviewed, ridden and adopted by Travel Oregon and OPRD.
"The Scenic Bikeways program increases Oregon's visibility as the number one place to spend a cycling vacation," said Jerry Norquist, Ride Director for Cycle Oregon. "Low-traffic roads, beautiful vistas and friendly people along the way -- how can you do better than that?"
The Oregon Scenic Bikeways map includes nine officially-designated routes complete with mile markers, parks, campgrounds, lodging facilities and other amenities along the way such as food stops, drinking water, restrooms and bike shops. The diverse routes accommodate everyone from beginner to advanced riders looking for day trips or extended multi-day adventures.
"Showcasing Oregon's cycling and scenic beauty provides a strategic way for us to highlight the state's natural assets while continuing to boost local economies and create jobs," said Travel Oregon's chief executive officer Todd Davidson.