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County issues support for Scenic Byway effort

Lake County’s Board of Commissioners recently agreed to issue a letter of support for an effort designed to promote area roadways for an Oregon Scenic Bikeways map.

Audrey Henry, the local representative for the South Central Oregon Economic Development District, approached the Commissioners at their Tuesday, March 5, work session.

Henry is promoting inclusion of an Adel-Plush loop for inclusion on a map of Oregon bicycling destinations. The route proposed would begin at the snow park, traveling eastbound on Hwy 140 to the Plush cutoff, up County Rd. 3-13 to Plush and then back down County Road 3-10 to Adel and back to the snow park via Hwy 140.

Henry noted a Friday, March 15, application deadline with the Oregon State Parks and Creation Department, and the application process would not re-open for another two years.

She explained that she was seeking letters of support from stakeholders along the route, as well as the local government officials.

Henry said she spoke with Oregon Department of Transportation officials, and noted the conversations were supportive of the effort.

Henry also said there are currently nine bikeways throughout the state. The proposed Lake County route would rank at between challenging and extreme in terms of biking skill level, she said, and a likely draw for bicycling enthusiasts.

“It’ll bring people here, and make us a destination,” she said.

Henry said that bicycling is the fastest-growing family sport in the state, and is an enthusiast group that typically spends 30 percent more locally than other tourist groups.

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