The Oregon Department of Transportation and its Bicycle and Pedestrian Program offer resources for planning your bike tour in Oregon. Below are links to information and web sites we hope are useful when planning your trip. These resources are not comprehensive, but should be a good starting point in planning a bicycling trip in Oregon. Enjoy the ride.
Digital Video Log
The Digital Video Log (DVL) is a system that provides a series of sequential digital images as viewed from the right lane of Oregon roadways. These digital images do offer a reasonable view of the highway shoulder which is important to bike riders. This log was originally developed for internal use at ODOT, but is now made available to the public. It may take a little effort to master the DVL. We have developed some tips targeted at the needs of bicycle tourist. With a little fortitude it can be a very good tool in planning your trip.
Traffic Volume Tables
A common question asked by bicyclists is, “how much motor vehicle traffic is on that road?”. The ODOT Volume Tables can help to answer that question. The Volume Tables provide the Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT) - an average number of vehicles traveling a given roadway per day.
So what does 8,000 vehicles per day mean to a bicyclist? Our advice is to call your local road agency and find out what the ADTs are for roads familiar to you for comparison. You can then gauge if which road are suitable for your trip.
Please keep in mind that many roadways see increased traffic in the summer, some see a marked increase on weekends. The Volume Tables will not reflect this variability.
Pedestrian and Bicycle Program
The Oregon Department of Transportation’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Program provides direction to ODOT in establishing pedestrian and bicycle facilities on state highways. Many people contact the Bicycle Program staff for bicycle touring advice. While this is not our core business we are happy to provide the resources we have available. Visit the following ODOT web pages for additional information for bicycle touring in Oregon.