Bike industry thriving

Oregon’s cycling industry continues to speed ahead.

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The value of Portland’s bicycling industry grew by 38 percent from 2006 to 2008, according to a survey by Alta Planning and Design. Many Oregon-based products and services are contributing to the USA Cycling Road National Championships this week in Bend.

The number of companies related to bicycling grew from 95 to 143 from 2006 to 2008, with more opening since the survey was completed, according to Alta principal Mia Birk.

Portland accounts for about half of the Oregon bike industry in terms of direct dollars, Birk estimated.

USA Cycling national events manager Tom Vinson, whose organization will hold this year’s national cyclocross championships in Bend in December, said cities that bid for national events tend to have a strong bicycling community in addition to race-suitable terrain. That Oregon has a strong bicycling industry is a bonus.

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