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Applegate Dam via Sterling Creek
This route leaves from Jacksonville and starts to climb immediately on Cady Road. Once at the top of Cady you make a left onto Sterling Creek Road. The climb from Jacksonville to the...
Cedar Flats/Deer Creek
Experienced cyclists who've exhausted all of the possible rides and loops in the Medford/Ashland area may not be aware of this very challening loop south of Grants Pass. Like the Conde...
The road to Anderson Gap is one of only a few paved one lane roads that climb into the mountains above the Bear Creek Valley. It does this in spectacular fashion. I enjoy hard climbs. A...
Crater Lake Loop
This is probably the classic ride in Southern Oregon. It brings everything a rider could want to the table. It's a short 33 mile loop around the lake with several options for starting l...
Galice to Wolf Creek Loop
Ride goes from Galice Resort to Wolf Creek. This is a scenic route along the Rogue River and Graves Creek for much of the route. There are many miles on Graves Creek Road that is a si...
Ashland Watershed Loop
Nothing about this ride is ordinary; the road is single-lane decomposed granite, the route is remote (like cycling in the wilderness), and the surrounding landscape is breath-taking. Yo...
The ride to Applegate Lake and back is possible at just about any time of the year, it just so happens that it's about the best moderate length ride to open the season in the spring. It...
Salmon River Loop
If any ride speaks to the rugged beauty of the State of Jefferson, the very challenging Salmon River Loop does it in spades. This 100 mile loop is in the middle of one of the least deve...
Butte Falls Prospect
The Butte Falls/Prospect Loop is an amazing ride into the cascades. It has some good climbing - nothing that will break the legs - and superb scenery. Traditionally the club rides will...
The Woodrat ride is a great intermediate length loop that quickly takes you out of the populated Rogue Valley into a forrested rural area. The ride is roughly 46 miles with 3000 feet of...
There aren't many places around with views like you get on the Mt. Ashland Road. Once you clear the initial mile you are thousands of feet above the landscape below and the horizon open...
Greensprings Keno Access Loop
This loop will take you through some very scenic areas around two lakes in the cascade range before you get onto the Keno Access Road. The Keno Access Road does a gentle climb up to a...
The Lakes Loop
The Lakes Loop is a great training ride in the weeks before the Mountain Lakes Challenge (MLC). It incorporates all of the really hard parts of the MLC and still gets in roughly 50 mile...
Triple Peak Challenge
Looking for something a bit out of the ordinary? Try riding to the top of Dead Indian, Mount Ashland and the Greensprings in one day. The total elevation gain for the 92-mile thigh-burn...
Cantrall Park Loop
The route up to the top of Cantrall Road is strenuous but worth the effort. You climb through thick fir forests mixed with madrone trees. The average gradient of the climb is 8.9% wi...
Conde Creek Loop
The Conde Creek Loop is one of the harder rides the Club will run each year. It is very similar to the Cedar Flats/Deer Creek Loop in that it is generally a rolling/flat ride with one v...
All Ages and Abilities
Bicycling on Medford Streets Should Not Require Bravery
Making Bicycling Safe for Everyone
The Medford Mail Tribune published a guest editorial titled “Planning the Future of Bicycling in Medford” on October 28.
The Medford Transportation System Plan (TSP) Update for 2018 to 2038 was approved by the Medford City Council on Nov 1 by a vote of 5 to 3. As discussed in the guest editorial, Siskiyou Velo has advocated over the last year for Medford to explicitly include standards for safe and convenient bicycle facilities for people of all ages and abilities in the TSP Update.
Though we were unsuccessful in convincing the City to include those standards explicitly, the Update does include references to those standards as well as examples of street cross sections with separated bike lanes, among the safest cycling facilities available. During the question and answer period following Siskiyou Velo’s oral testimony, one City Councilor encouraged Siskiyou Velo to continue working with the City for safer and more convenient bicycle facilities. Another Councilor who voted against adoption of the TSP Update gave, as one of the reasons for her no vote, the need for a more extensive bicycle and pedestrian network in her Ward.
We will continue to advocate for a safer and more convenient bicycle network in Medford and the entire Rogue Valley.
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The next Board meeting will be held Nov. 7 at Angelos’ Pizza in Phoenix, 6:30 PM. All members are invited to attend.
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A critical meeting for all bicyclists in the Rogue Valley will be held in Medford on November 1 at 6:30 PM in the Medford City Hall, City Council Chambers, 3rd floor of City Hall. The City Council will consider adopting a transportation plan that will establish bicycle facility designs for the next 20 years. Our analysis concludes that the plan will not meaningfully improve the safety nor convenience of the bicycle network in Medford over what we have today–which is unsafe and inconvenient. We will provide both written and oral testimony at the hearing to support our findings.
Please attend the City Council’s public hearing and share your experience using Medford’s bicycle network. Whether you are a novice or experienced cyclist and whether you cycle for recreation, commuting or running errands, your voice needs to be heard.
Hope to see you there. Anyone who finds the existing Medford bike system scary or dangerous, which we know there are a lot of you, are critical to changing the City’s Plan. We encourage you to attend and testify.
The club’s full written testimony is available here. A shorter version will be given at the meeting.
President, Siskiyou Velo
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From the Rogue Valley Active Transportation planners:
The Rogue Valley Active Transportation Plan Online Open House is now live! We are counting on you to help us spread the word in your local communities to drive participation. We are looking for input on the interactive map to help identify key destinations, routes, and areas of needed improvement to help inform the development of the Regional Active Transportation Routes. The survey asks about your experiences and preferences related to walking and biking in the Rogue Valley – this input will help inform the goals, prioritization of needs, and potential solutions within the plan.
Please share the links below with your communities and colleagues and send to any distribution list you think appropriate. The online open house can be accessed through the project website (www.walkbikeroguevalley.com) or by following the direct links below.
- Interactive Map: http://maps.kittelson.com/rvatp
- Active Transportation Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/V9MDBYH
The survey and map will be open for responses until Wednesday, November 21.
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Several of us participated this July in a 1 week tour in the wilds of Eastern Oregon. The tour went through many small communities and sparsely settled areas. John Day, Baker City, Sumpter, Granite and Mt Vernon are just a few of the towns we went through. In all, we covered about 480 miles and climbed about 28000′. The scenery was outstanding and the roads we traveled we for the most part very lightly traveled which made for a very enjoyable trip. By the 3rd day of riding, we had gained the moniker of the Medford Mafia. This was due to our riding and constantly overtaking and passing others along the route.
Here we are at the highest climb we had at Anthony Lake, which was up to an elevation of about 7500′. We had a little over 6000′ of climbing on our way to Baker City where we spent the night.
Another stop along the way was at Unity Reservoir. A boating and fishing area in an area that was very arid. The trip was well organized and I am always looking forward to the next tour but alas it will now have to be next year.
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