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  • Brian

    “Bike tourism is also one of the few real-world instances where, if you build it, they will come.” … Hmmm. Be careful about over-selling. The Crater Lake car-free weekend indicates that if you have a spectacular national park with a 33 mile loop road full of outrageously gorgeous views and you turn it into a wonderful car-free bike path — they will come.

    September 25, 2013
  • Brian – True, Crater Lake definitely has an advantage, and it’s entirely possible that people were willing to brave the awful weather because it’s such an incredible bucket-list sort of place. But we’ve seen the same “if you build it, they will come” phenomenon in far-less-scenic places, in part because folks are hungry for welcoming places to ride.

    September 25, 2013
  • Gin

    I applaud your efforts on all fronts! This is such a simple, good idea!
    I live in GA and now I’m looking at my calendar to see how I can work in a trip to Oregon!
    There’s a rail-to-trail just west of Atlanta called the Silver Comet Trail that goes 60 miles to the state line. You guys can really do a lot for the few rural towns along this route who can benefit from bike tourism.

    September 25, 2013
  • I’m really glad that they’re doing this (the car-free weekend, that is.) But more glad that I got to ride around it in July, when it was sunny and pushing 70F. Yes, there were cars, but it still was fun.

    September 26, 2013
  • Jim Bangs

    I keep asking if a car free weekend could be possible for RMNP. It would not have to be the complete Trail Ridge Road. Maybe Bear Lake Road. I know that the front range of Colorado would flock up here if people knew they could have a day without competing with cars.

    October 16, 2013
  • Stephen Meier

    Just so everyone knows in winter the crater loop is car free every day and is a beautiful place for back country skiing. Bikes are great, skis are even better.

    October 17, 2013
  • john

    I did it in early September and it was spectacular. One of the most fun things I have done. We flew to Portland and had found a bike rental outfit for a two day rental. Cars were not a bother at all as there were very few of them. Temp was lo 30′s to start but warmed up.

    October 17, 2013
  • Bert

    Strange to see a picture with 2 cars, and a sign carfree craterlake.
    For me from the Netherlands, Carfree means without a car.
    So if you go there on your bicycle that is carfree.

    October 18, 2013
  • Yes, the irony of this car-free event is that it is located so far away from everything that it’s not a viable option for most people to cycle there and back. The shortest way to get to Crater Lake from Portland without a car involves a five-hour train trip (arriving into Klamath Falls late at night, thus requiring an overnight stay) and a 70-mile bike ride.

    October 29, 2013
  • Mahesh Mehta

    Great description. Planning to do it next year or after. Where in Portland, did you rent the bikes? Thx.

    November 17, 2013

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