City would not be asked to fund installation

Dave Piper brought the Estacada City Council up to speed on Monday, Oct. 28, regarding the latest plans to increase local bike tourism.

“We're seeing an increase in folks that want to take advantage of our natural resources and local events,” he said.

Piper noted that as construction of the Cazadero Trail progresses, cyclists soon will be able to cycle from Portland to Barton without having to share roads with cars.

After the Barton stretch of the trail is completed, the next phase will extend the trail to Eagle Creek.

Piper added that once the proposed Cascading Rivers Scenic Bikeway, the 70-mile bike route between Estacada and Detroit, Ore., is approved as a scenic bikeway, the association will work to install signs for the route.

Piper told the council that the association, along with the Chamber of Commerce, hope to install a bike plaza in the grassy area in front of City Hall, near the new public restroom.

Piper explained the vision: a kiosk with posters, informational fliers, information on local businesses and an interactive computer system.

In an effort to make “everything look friendly,” Piper added that trash receptacles and a water fountain were also part of the vision.

Piper said the plaza would cost about $75,000 total. The association has already applied for grants and plans to apply for more.

Piper stressed that the association was not requesting the city's “capital involvement” beyond supplying power, water and maintenance to the facility.

“Well, it sounds like a great idea and I commend the EDA for going after that,” said Brent Dodrill, mayor of Estacada.

Dodrill added that “good coordination will be important.”

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