Anyone who has spent time in Portland marvels at how bike-friendly the place is. For all its bike-worthiness, however, it has been surprisingly stingy with singletrack for mountain bikes. This is even more curious when you consider one of the great bike shops on the West Coast, Fat Tire Farm, lies within the shadow of Forest Park. (You can ride mountain bikes in the park but only on the freeway-like fire roads and a very short connector trail.)
Now comes word of some movement to increase trail access in the park. Let’s hope the effort can move forward. Forest Park is heavily used by strollers, runners and hikers, but for all of that there’s plenty of trail to go around and mountain bikers should pose no problems as long as everyone is polite all round.