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The annual Up and Down bike ride follows the Cascade-Siskiyou Scenic Bike route along the Greensprings Highway. [Daily Tidings / File Photo]

State Parks officials conduct Scenic Bikeway survey

State parks officials are looking for feedback on what the cycling community thinks are the good and not-so-good facets of Oregon’s 17 designated scenic bikeways, including the Cascade-Siskiyou loop east of Ashland.

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department has set up an online survey to collect comments on the experiences cyclists have on these bikeways. The short survey can be found at www.surveymonkey.com/r/PHPCFFL.

“We’re trying to capture what people have enjoyed about bikeways so we can continue what’s good, as well as look at what we need to do on such things as road conditions and route-finding,” says Alexandra Phillips, state parks’ bikeways coordinator.

The survey will be available online through the summer.

The Cascade-Siskiyou run, which creates a loop from Ashland along Highway 66 and Dead Indian Memorial Road, is one of five designated bikeways listed under the “Extreme” category — set aside for what the website calls “epic rides” on which cyclists need to “climb like a mountain goat and go all day.”

It’s a 55-mile loop with one long hill up and one long hill down, regardless of direction.

“For a certain type of rider, it’s gotten quite a bit of interest,” Phillips says. “You need to like hills.”

Since the Cascade-Siskiyou bikeway designation, the parks department has added three others.

One is the Wild Rivers Coast, a 60-mile moderate ride from Port Orford and back. Also newer is the Sherar’s Falls ride, a 33-mile moderate ride out of Maupin, and the Crooked River Canyon Bikeway, a 37-mile out-and-back moderate ride near Prineville.

Information about the rides can be found at the department’s website at www.oregonstateparks.org.

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Mark Freeman at 541-776-4470 or mfreeman@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MTwriterFreeman.

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