Riverview Natural Area in Portland will be closed to bikes starting on Monday March 16th. The Park will be closed to bikes until the City can plan “a more holistic mountain bike recreation plan,” which as usual could take somewhere between one and infinity years to complete. This is a big deal, as there’s no other legal place to ride mountain bikes in Portland, and while Riverview isn’t mind-blowing, numerous friends and guests to Portland have unanimously agreed it “doesn’t suck.”
Please contact Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz, Director of Parks and Rec Mike Abbate, and Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and tell them this decision sucks.
Here’s some Cory Tepper clips of me riding the downhill trail at Riverview back in the Diamondback days. Reminisce to the soothing sounds of the old 40 spring knock:
http://www.vitalmtb.com/v/20840?width=780&height=440Rapid Fire: Charlie Sponsel – More Mountain Bike Videos
And to anyone who says “But mountain bikers already have Forest Park and Powell Butte…”
For reference, Leif Erickson “trail” in Forest Park:
Meadowland trail at Powell Butte: