Larch Mountain Opens Again

Multnomah County will reopen the upper section of Larch Mountain Road on Tuesday, May 27th at 2 pm.

90px-Creek_on_Larch_Mountain-OregonLarch Mountain Road is the highest road in Multnomah County’s jurisdiction, reaching an altitude of 4,055 feet.  Each winter, the county closes public access to recreation areas off upper Larch Mountain Road by closing a snow gate near milepost 10.  Opening the road for recreational users occurs when snow levels decline.  Reopening the gate provides vehicle access all the way to the view parking lot at milepost 14.5 and the walking trail to Sherrard Point.

The road offers spectacular cycling.  For adventurous and technically skilled mountain bikers, this road also provides access to the Larch Mountain mountain biking trail.

Google Maps Adds Elevation Profiles To Bike Routes To Help You Avoid Those Steep Hills

Originally Posted on TechCrunch

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From the article:

Google Maps now features elevation profiles for bike routes.

Google added biking directions to Google Maps and specialized maps that highlight bike routes a few years ago. If you are weak like me, though, and learned to bike in Holland, where the biggest obstacle is a dike, you don’t just want to know what streets to take, but also what hills you will have to huff your way up on the way to your destination.

Until now, Google was no help there and you needed to go to third-party sites that mashed up elevation data with Google Maps routes. Now, however, Google has quietly added this feature to Google Maps directly.

We asked Google about this and the company confirmed that this is indeed a new — and as of now unannounced — feature.

Just look for a route on Google Maps, choose the biking directions and look for the new elevation profile. Besides the graphical representation of those hills you will have to climb, the new card also shows you the total number of feet you will have to climb on your route (and those joyous miles you get to just kick back and try not to die while you barrel down the hill on the other side).

The only time you won’t see the new elevation profiles, it seems, is for routes that are essentially flat.

For now, these profiles sadly don’t appear in any of Google’s mobile apps for Google Maps, but chances are the company will add it to those apps in the long run, too.

Interactive Map Tracks Portland Bicycle Maps

Article from KATU

Bicycle Crashes in Portland  OR

PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland cyclists have a new tool to examine the safety record of city streets.

A new interactive map from the MIT Media Lab tracks the 1,085 bike crashes that happened in Portland between 2010 and 2013. The numbers show some of the city’s busiest streets are also the ones most likely to see crashes.

Broadway, both the northeast and northwest sections, saw the biggest number of crashes. In the three-year period examined, there were ther 78 reported crashes. Southeast Division came in second with 49 crashes. Hawthorne and Burnside tied for third with 38 crashes. Southeast 82nd Avenue rounded out the top five with 35 reported crashes.

"For some who who look at the data a lot, this isn’t new," said Rob Sadowsky, executive director of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance. "But it does showcase that people are choosing to ride on larger arterial strees like Broadway and Hawthorne."

Just like those who commute in their cars, bike commuters tend to want to reach their destination as fast as possible. That helps explain why so many cyclists are seen on busy roads.

"If you want to travel more quickly, if you’re one of the faster commuters, you get a little stuck or slowed down on the neighborhood greenway system," said Sadowsky. "It’s nice to have those arterial opportunities."

If anything, Sadowsky hopes an examination of the map will encourage cyclists to be more aware.

"If you’re traveling on one of the busier streets, be a little more cautious," said Sadowsky. "Behave more predictably, be seen and be clearly seen and watch for doors opening in that door zone."

50 Rides of a Lifetime

This is from Bicycling Magazine online.

I wonder how many I may do in my lifetime?

1. The Cobbles of Belgium.
Cyclists like to suffer, and the mystical mecca for pain—in the form of jaw-rattling pave—has to be Flanders. Follow the narrow roads of the spring Classics, try to summit one of the countlesshellingen (short, sharp climbs) like the fabled, 20-percent Muur van Geraardsbergen, then take solace in the fact that Belgium is also home to 450 kinds of beer.

2. Vermont’s Green Mountains.
Autumn leaves—bazillions of them—flashing red, orange, and gold.

3. Slickrock Trail, Moab.

4. Pacific Coast Highway, California.
Follow Highways 1 and 101 from the Oregon border to L.A. for 800 spectacular miles.

5. Classic Climbs of the Tour de France.
Alpe d’Huez, Mont Ventoux, Col du Tourmalet.

6. Traverse the rocky coastline of Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Island.

7. Kingdom Trails, Vermont.

Red barns meet G-force berms on a 100-mile dirt network. (Herb Swanson/Bloomberg)

Red barns meet G-force berms on a 100-mile dirt network. (Herb Swanson/Bloomberg)

8. Ride a Bike to Work.
Wakes you up, winds you down, saves the planet.

9. Kyoto, Japan.
Preferably in early April, during cherry-blossom season. Preferably on the same mamachari("granny bikes") locals use.

10. Switzerland’s National Route System.
Take No. 4 for Alpen passes; No. 1 for a mellow Rhone-side pedal all the way to Geneva.

11. The BC Bike Race.
Seven days of racing on Vancouver Island, Sunshine Coast, Squamish, and Whistler singletrack. (Don’t want to compete? Cover the same route on a tour with BC Bike Ride.)

12. Bordeaux, France.
Chateaux, Cru, churches.

13. A Charity Ride.
Every cyclist should pedal for a cause at least once.

14. Climb to the top of Cadillac Mountain in Maine’s Acadia National Park.

15. Boulder, Colorado.
Take the Peak-to-Peak Highway.

16. L’Eroica.
Race 35 to 205km on Tuscany’s strade bianche (white roads) in full-on retro gear—wool jersey, leather shoes, pre-1987 bike.

17. Inca Trail, Peru.
Ancient singletrack—and what may be the world’s longest downhill (11,000 feet and 36 miles on the Olleros Trail).

18. Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour, Cape Town, South Africa.
35,000 starters + 109km = (the best kind of) mayhem.

19. Blue Ridge Parkway.

The 469-mile Parkway climbs as high as 6,000 feet. (Kennan Harvey/Aurora Photos)

The 469-mile Parkway climbs as high as 6,000 feet. (Kennan Harvey/Aurora Photos)

20. Rent a Beach Cruiser.
Ride it on a boardwalk. Eat an ice cream.

21. Pedal up and down Maui’s Haleakala.

22. Spin along singletrack on the Continental Divide on Colorado’s Monarch Crest Trail.

23. Icefields Parkway, Alberta.
Lake Louise to Jasper through the most spectacular peaks on the continent.

24. Amsterdam on a City Bike.

25. Follow American frontier history through Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi on theNatchez Trace Parkway.

26. The Ripio of the Carretera Austral, Chile, where the Pan-American Highway hits Patagonia—and turns to gravel

27. Passo Dello Stelvio.
Forty-eight hairpin turns to Italy’s highest mountain pass.

28. Ireland’s impossibly green Ring of Kerry.

29. Oregon’s North Umpqua River Trail.
Singletrack, old-growth forests, hot springs.

30. Napa Valley, California.

31. Try a Velodrome.
The oldest? Washington Park, in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The steepest? Portland, Oregon’s Alpenrose.

32. Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb.
4,727 feet. 72 turns. Average grade of 12 percent, with the last 100 yards kicking up to 22-plus.

33. Barrel down singletrack through tunnels of July wildflowers on Trail 401 in Crested Butte, Colorado.

34. New York’s Finger Lakes.

35. The Maah Daah Hey Trail, North Dakota.
"Underplayed. Amazing," says one staffer.

36. West Coast of Tasmania, Australia.
Quiet roads on the island’s wildest corner.

37. Ragbrai.

38. Vietnam’s National Highway 1.

39. Ramble the rolling, cypress-covered hills between San Gimignano and Volterra, Italy.

40. Going-To-The-Sun Road, Glacier National Park. There are 25 glaciers left. They might be gone by 2030.

41. Hit the purpose-built trails, cafes, and bike shops of Scotland’s 7stanes Mountain Bike Parks.

42. California’s Glendora Ridge and Mt. Baldy Roads.

The climb up Mt. Baldy finishes with 15 switchbacks. (Chris Milliman)

The climb up Mt. Baldy finishes with 15 switchbacks. (Chris Milliman)

43. Tour of the Moon.
The old Coors Classic stage is long gone, but the red-rock desert ride—in Colorado National Monument—is still there.

44. Follow the Danube River east past thousand-year-old villages into Vienna.

45. Paradise Royal, California.
The best new (legal) mountain-bike trail system in Humboldt County.

46. Thread through Basque Country And The Pyrenees on a Rioja-and pintxos-fueled excursion between the Bay of Biscay and the Mediterranean.

47. DC to Pittsburgh along The C&O Canal Trail and Great Allegheny Passage.

48. England’s Lake District.

49. Namibia.
African bush, pink-orange dunes, shipwrecks. Oh, and elephants.

50. Dip your rear wheel into the Pacific and your front wheel into the Atlantic to bookend aRide Across the United States—the ultimate American cycling pilgrimage.