PRINEVILLE, OR -- Plans for a 17-mile scenic bikeway in Crook County are moving forward. Alexandra Phillips, Bikeways and Waterways Coordinator for the State Parks and Recreation Department, says public comments received so far on the Crooked River Canyon Scenic Bikeway proposal have been mostly positive. "A lot of people who think it’s a beautiful route, that think it’s great because it’s not super difficult. We always hear the concern of cyclists and motorists on the road together; and, that is a concern. Bicyclists are legally allowed on the roads. I just ask everybody – everybody – cyclists and motorists, to follow the rules of the road and the speed limit."
Phillips tells KBND News it's an out-and-back route using existing roads. "It starts just outside of Prineville at Rimrock Park, which is really close to the fairgrounds. And, it goes 17 miles up the Crooked River Canyon to Big Bend Campground." She believes it will be popular with cyclists from all over, "It’s beautiful, it’s not super difficult and amazingly, there’s a lot of cyclists who like to combine fishing and biking."
The official designation isn't a "done-deal," but Phillips says it is moving forward quickly. "The application and the final bikeway plan require letters of support from all the road managers. So, that’s the city, county, state, even the Bureau of Reclamation. And, we have letters of support from all of those." Phillips says those letters will go to the Parks Commission, along with all public comments. The Commission is expected to vote on the final proposal later this year.
One final public meeting will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m., September 19, at “Room 1868” in Prineville (152 NW 4th St.). The meeting will consist of a presentation on the Scenic Bikeway program, information on the Crooked River Canyon proposal and then questions from attendees. Public comments on the proposal will be taken at the meeting, and written comments will be accepted until the Commission acts on the designation request.