Speaker will bring Minnesota’s mountain-biking know-how to PDX

Speaker will bring Minnesota’s mountain-biking know-how to PDX


A berm on the Intermediate Trail at Lebanon Hills in
Eagan, Minn.
(Photo: Dakota County Parks)

As Portland works on its Off-Road Cycling Master Plan, an expert from maybe the country’s best state for urban mountain biking is coming to town.

Joshua Rebennack, a professional environmental engineer and mountain biking trail volunteer based in central Minnesota, will discuss “Knobbies in the Neighborhood” from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 16 at the Multnomah Athletic Club, 1849 SW Salmon Street.

According to the Northwest Trail Alliance, Rebennack will use “the experiences of off-­road cycling trail systems built and in other cities to distill out lessons that any municipality, including Portland, can apply to their own off­road cycling trail plans.”

“Joshua brings a unique perspective, seeing as Minnesota is the leader in the nation as regards to urban mountain biking, with 33 separate urban mountain biking trail systems comprising nearly 320 miles of singletrack trail,” the Northwest Trail Alliance writes in its event description. “Including the only 2 completely urban mountain biking trail systems recognized by the International Mountain Biking Association as being Ride Centers.”

We published a guest post from Rebennack three years ago and it’s great that he’ll continue to bring on-the-ground knowledge and ideas to town. Hopefully his talk will draw in some skeptics of urban mountain biking as well as some believers.

— Michael Andersen, (503) 333-7824 – michael@bikeportland.org

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