If your client's vacation packing list reads something like “toothbrush, passport, bike,” tell them about rideoregonride.com
, a new interactive Web site that offers a one-stop tourism-planning resource for bicycle enthusiasts.
The site, launched by Travel Oregon in mid-October 2009, features information on Oregon trails, road routes, bike-related events and services for cyclists, including bike shops, tour companies, hotels, restaurants and attractions. It also links to maps, bike blogs and cycle-centric guidebooks.
One of the site’s best features is the Suggest a Ride option, which lets avid cyclists add to the routes and trails featured on the site. After all, who better to recommend a quiet scenic loop or a heart-pumping downhill track than fellow pedal pushers?
The Web site's contributing partners include Cycle Oregon, hailed as the Best Bike Ride in America by participants; the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, a nonprofit organization that promotes bike use and works to improve cycling conditions; the City of Portland, named a Platinum Bicycle Friendly Community in 2008; the International Mountain Bicycling Association; Oregon Bicycle Racing Association; Travel Portland; Oregon Parks and Recreation; and the Oregon Department of Transportation.