Cyber-open house gathers ideas for Coast Bike Route improvements
Oregon's Department of Transportation is hosting an online open house to gather public ideas and opinions on possible improvements to the Oregon Coast Bike Route.
The online open house can be found at openhouse.oregondot.org/oregon-coast-bike-route. ODOT will take public comments through Jan. 31.
The Oregon Coast Bike Route is a popular route extending the length of the Oregon Coast. The public's ideas and comments will help ODOT better understand the route's issues and gaps. It also will help the transportation agency work with local cities and counties to make the necessary improvements.
Every year more than 6,000 people ride the route, which was created in the early 1980s and attracts tourists from all over the world.
ODOT doesn't have any money in its budget to pay for improvements, the Oregon Coast Bike Route Plan is expected to set the stage for future investments. The plan will identify needs and prioritize improvements to increase safety, accessibility and enjoyment for residents and visitors.
ODOT officials said it has been more than a decade since the bike route was evaluated and no comprehensive planning work has been completed. With the changes in bicycle infrastructure standards, and the growth of bike tourism destinations and travel options both nationally and along Highway 101, ODOT officials said it's the right time to do the work.