Results of Phase One Action Team Implementation
Spring 2011 to 2016
The McKenzie River Valley Rural Tourism Studio resulted in key projects related to bicycle tourism development, high impact events and improved regional collaboration.
Bicycle Tourism Development
Attendees of the McKenzie River Valley Rural Tourism Studio identified mountain bike tourism as a priority impact area for the destination. Initial project work began with the desire to reduce congestion on highly used trails and increase access to an underutilized network of back country trails.
Key project highlights include:
- Development of McKenzie River Valley mountain biking trail maps.
- Completion of a concept plan for future development of trails connecting McKenzie River Valley mountain biking trails to trails in nearby Oakridge.
- New Epic Ride designation awarded to O’Leary Loop trail from the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) in 2013.
- First annual trail construction weekend hosted by a local lodging facility in 2014.
A case study on the McKenzie River Valley community’s efforts to advance bicycle tourism was developed by Write to Know Consulting in July 2015.