Cycling & Mountain Biking
When cyclists roll into the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region they connect with pedal power! From the sparkling Pacific coastline, through the gentle Willamette Valley, and into the thrilling Cascade Mountains, Oregon's climate and topography is aptly suited for cycling.
LOCAL BICYCLING HIGHLIGHTS
- Home to three of Oregon's official scenic bikeways and Oakridge's renowned mountain biking trails, this region is a delight to see from a bicycle seat.
- An extensive network of bike paths and scenic bikeways
- Numerous cycling and biking events
- Plenty of bike-friendly lodging from campgrounds to hotels.
- A local bike share program around downtown Eugene for short rides.
BRING YOUR BIKE
- Take the Amtrak Cascades train with easy bike transport
- Strap it on your RV or car
- Check with individual airlines and the Eugene Airport about bike resources
- Ship your bike via FedEx or UPS
- Coordinate shipping with Bicycle Way of Life in Eugene — they even provide packaging and assembly services
GETTING AROUND BY BIKE
- Eugene - Springfield's public transit system is bike-friendly.
- Ride a PeaceHealth ride share blue bike around downtown Eugene and UO campus. (Bring your own helmet.)
- Rent a bike or get yours tuned at a local bike shop.
- Take a bike-friendly shuttle to a mountain bike trail.
- Eugene Bike and Cycling Map (PDF)
- Springfield Bike and Cycling Map (PDF)
In Oregon, bicycles are subject to laws just like motorized vehicles. Please ride with the direction of traffic, use appropriate signals and obey traffic lights. Remember that bicycle riders under 16 are required to wear a helmet. Please see the Oregon Bicycling Manual (PDF) for more information.
Our Cycling Community
Oregon was the first state to pass a Bicycle Bill in 1971 and the first state with official Scenic Bikeways in 2005. In 2018, a downtown Eugene bike share program was launched to further increase access to bicycles. Eugene's strong bicycling culture has a history of innovative alternative transportation. Burley's original bike trailer was first designed and built here by a resident who rode each week to the Saturday Market with his growing family. Co-Motion Cycles, a national leader in tandem bicycling, was founded here in 1988. And Bike Friday, another top local manufacturer known internationally for their amazing travel bicycles that fold up to fit in a suitcase, designs custom cycles for the discerning rider. Today, all three of these great companies maintain national headquarters along the same bike path in Eugene. For a sampling of local residents' raw cycling creativity, explore a unique collection of non-motorized conveyances at the Center for Appropriate Transport's "rideable museum." Or just find a shady park seat and see what rolls by!
Eugene has a well-coordinated system of bikeways which includes 42 miles (67.59 km) of shared-use paths, 81 miles (130.36 km) of on-street bicycle lanes, 35 miles (56.33 km) of signed bikeways, and five bicycle/pedestrian bridges spanning the Willamette River and two spanning major roads (source: City of Eugene).
With plenty of bike-friendly buses, bicycle shops and active cycling advocacy clubs, it's no surprise that the League of American Bicyclists awarded Eugene gold-level status (2012) as a bicycle-friendly community. Eugene is also considered one of the top 18 bicycling cities in the nation by Bicycling Magazine (2016). Eugene's sister city of Springfield connects with a seamless network of bicycle paths and the same bike-friendly transportation. On any given day in Eugene - Springfield you are guaranteed to see entire families out for a ride often on tandem bicycles; commuters on bicycles with trailers and carts; pedicabs and bicycle couriers; recreational riders on adapted low riders or high riders or tricycles; and even trick riders on unicycles!
Oregon's Willamette Valley offers enchanting rides for cyclists. The nearby town of Cottage Grove boasts the Row River Bike Trail, a 15-mile (24-km) paved trail that has replaced the tracks of the Oregon Pacific and Eastern Railway. From Cottage Grove to Coburg, ride non-congested back country roads past green pastures, historic covered bridges and winery after winery.
Thirty miles southeast of Eugene is the mountain town of Oakridge, a designated gold-level Ride Center by the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA).
The Oregon Coast is also a popular cycling destination with dramatic views along Highway 101 and mountain biking trails around quiet coastal lakes.