SALEM, Ore., Aug. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) and Oregon Tourism Commission (dba Travel Oregon) announce the release of a new map highlighting some of the most scenic and bike-friendly routes in the state. The Scenic Bikeways program, the first of its kind in the country, features routes suggested by locals that have been officially reviewed, ridden and adopted by Travel Oregon and OPRD.
"The Scenic Bikeways program increases Oregon's visibility as the No. 1 place to spend a cycling vacation," said Jerry Norquist, Ride Director for Cycle Oregon. "Low-traffic roads, beautiful vistas and friendly people along the way - how can you do better than that?"
The Oregon Scenic Bikeways map includes nine officially-designated routes complete with mile markers, parks, campgrounds, lodging facilities and other amenities along the way such as food stops, drinking water, restrooms and bike shops. These diverse routes accommodate everyone, from beginner to advanced riders looking for day trips or extended multi-day adventures.
"Showcasing Oregon's cycling and scenic beauty provides a strategic way for us to highlight the state's natural assets while continuing to boost local economies and create jobs," said Travel Oregon CEO Todd Davidson.
To order a free copy of the Oregon Scenic Bikeways map, go to traveloregon.com/getting-around/travel-guides/ or call OPRD at 800-551-6949. Riders can also find inspiration using the interactive maps at rideoregonride.com/inspiration/scenic-bikeways/.
The Oregon Tourism Commission, dba Travel Oregon, works to enhance visitors' experience by providing information, resources and trip planning tools that inspire travel and consistently convey the exceptional quality of Oregon. The commission aims to improve Oregonians' quality of life by strengthening economic impacts of the state's $8.8 billion tourism industry that employs nearly 92,000 Oregonians. www.TravelOregon.com
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department's mission is to "Provide and protect outstanding natural, scenic, cultural, historic and recreational sites for the enjoyment and education of present and future generations."
It operates a system of State Parks, Historic and Natural Areas and manages a number of special programs including the Oregon Exposition Center, Scenic Rivers, Recreation Trails, Historic Preservation, and Ocean Shores. OPRD serves more than 40.2 million visitors per year.
SOURCE Travel Oregon