This ride is an easy looping tour through Roseburg, Oregon’s parks and historic Downtown and Mill-Pine Districts. There are plenty of services along the way with few hills or other challenges. The ride takes you through the community’s core, which we call, “The Heart of Roseburg.”
For families with young riders, the ride is best done on quiet days when there’s little traffic because a few parts of the route pass along sometimes busy streets. The Stewart Park starting point offers public restroom facilities as do the Nature Preserve near the Fred Meyer’s stores, and some of the businesses and restaurants elsewhere along the route. Chemical toilets are located at four sites in downtown Roseburg as well; three of these are within a block of the Figure 8 route.
In the Heart of Roseburg, with its’ quaint 1950’s-styled downtown, colorful kiosks at four locations (2 along the route on Jackson Street) give the rider more information about downtown features, service, and businesses. Four intersections received interpretive redesigns a few years ago. Look for intersections with the following theme: fish, the Umpqua River system, timber, and bicycling! They are located at the junction of the following streets: Jackson, Main, Oak, and Washington, right in the Heart of Roseburg. While downtown, riders can stop at the many excellent restaurants and shops there. Most are open through the work week and some on weekends.
The Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce operates the Visitor’s Center at the junction of Spruce Street and Washington Ave. The Center has a great assortment of visit-planning and local attractions information. They invite you to drop by.
Along the route, be sure to take in the many historic homes in the area, including the Lane House on Spruce Street, the remarkable Victorian-style Parrott House in South Roseburg, and several fine architectural examples from the 1930’s throughout the Mill-Pine District. Also, enjoy the recently upgraded riding/walking path along the Oak Street Bridge with river-overlook turn out spots where you can watch the South Umpqua River roll by.
On the return leg of the Figure 8, riders should use the recently upgraded Oak Street Bridge for safety and the chance to pause at the turnouts on the south side of the bridge. Further on, past the High School, riders will travel over the South Umpqua River on a pedestrian and bicycle bridge under I-5. This part of the ride can be quite noisy due to the traffic above and the vehicle bridge supports sometimes make banging noises when especially heavy trucks roll over. It’s noisy but not dangerous and the open metalwork makes for interesting river views.
Riders can also take a side trip through the Veteran’s Administration grounds, a beautiful campus. Be sure to respect the veterans being served and living there.
To reach the starting point for the Figure 8, riders can take either Oregon I-5 Exit 125 or Exit 124. From Exit 125, go West on Garden Valley Boulevard about a mile then turn left at the signal onto Stewart Parkway. Follow Stewart Parkway to the entrance to Stewart Park just after passing the YMCA on your left. From Exit 124, go West on Harvard Avenue about 1 1/2 miles, past the Umpqua Valley Arts Center, then turn right at the signal onto Stewart Parkway. Cross the bridge over the South Umpqua River and then take the next right into Stewart Park.
If your bikes need servicing, Canyon Creek Bicycles and Waldron’s Outdoor Sports offer bike repair and accessories. Neither business is directly along this route, but both are close by.