Last Friday I met with Adventure Cycling's new Executive Director, Jim Sayer. He was in Portland for a general member meeting and to kick off their Cycle the Columbia Gorge Ride. While he was here he took in a whirlwind of Portland's diverse and vibrant bike culture.
We met up at Critical Mass (and later at the Multnomah County Bike Fair) and talked about the industry and some of the exciting projects in the works for Adventure Cycling (they recently got $10,000 from Bikes Belong to develop the Underground Railroad bike route).
It's great to know that Adventure Cycling is in the hands of such a potent leader. Jim is a real straight shooter and he's bringing some long-needed energy and vision into the mix. I've always been very excited about Adventure Cycling's mission but thought they were sometimes a little too shy and secluded; holed up in Missoula doing great work, but not getting out in the industry, setting up partnerships, and spreading the word.
This Underground Railroad Route has some huge potential and I think the industry will be hearing a lot more from Jim and Adventure Cycling in the months to come.