Big Oil Threatens Adventure Cycling Routes

Would you want to bike with this? That tiny truck on the right is a logging truck.

If you’ve been reading the Eugene Weekly, you may already know that Imperial Oil/ExxonMobil is planning to ship hundreds of tons of oil equipment up the Columbia River, destined for the Alberta Tar Sands in Canada as part of the Kearl Module Transport Project (KMTP).  What you may not have realized is that once those shipments reach Lewiston on the Washington/Idaho border they will then be loaded on to gigantic, multi-lane wide trucks weighing upwards of 500,000 lbs and driven on the Adventure Cycling Trans America and Lewis & Clark Trails (Highway 12) through the Idaho panhandle into Missoula, Montana, and beyond. The route directly impacts 175 miles of Adventure Cycling Routes, including the above-mentioned trails, the Great Parks North Trail, and the Great Divide Mountain Bike Trail.

I understand that this has little to do with Eugene.  I’m writing about it because I’ve ridden the Highway 12 route over Lolo Pass and into Missoula (the location of the Adventure Cycling Headquarters) twice as part of two separate cross-country tours, and it is one of the most scenic and peaceful bike routes that I’ve ever seen.  In fact, I’d be tempted to say that it’s the best place I’ve ever ridden a bike.  Putting 500,000 lb trucks on this road will destroy the pavement (semi-trucks generally max out at 80,000 lbs), and the infrastructure changes they are planning to do to the roads will open this road up as a permanent mega-shipping route.  This is a French company shipping Korean-made products on Dutch trucks to a Canadian work-site, and it will destroy one of our country’s  most prestigious scenic byways and flagship bike routes.

Take the jump to learn more about the plan, route, and if we can do anything about it.  I highly recommend the video at the bottom of this post.

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In The News: Eugene cyclists circumnavigate a frozen Russian lake, The Bailey Hill Road Safety Plaza, and the Springfield High Cycling Club to ride Lewis and Clark trail

“It was at this point that we learned that in very cold temperatures, liquid fuels such as kerosene and gasoline do not give off enough vapors to be flammable,” Pike said. “I was ready to toss the stove into the endless white and eat frozen bread for dinner.” — Christopher Pike, from the Register-Guard’s “Ice Road Bikers”

Every now and then the local news media publishes a cycling story, and sometimes they publish several.  When this happens WeBikeEugene swoops in with our award-winning (not really) “In The News” wrap-up!

Today’s wrap-up will cover the successful 36 day bicycle circumnavigation of Siberia’s Lake Baikal by two Eugene cyclists (and their three non-Eugene buddies),  the planning and dedication of The Bailey Hill Road Safety Plaza, and the Springfield High School Cycling Club’s planned tour of the Lewis and Clark’s expedition route.

And now, lets take the jump!

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