SEASIDE — Bikes at Seaside Airport? Yes. Camping? No.
The Seaside Airport Advisory Committee met Tuesday night with an eye to visiting travelers. On the agenda was a request to allow camping on the airport’s grassy area and a new bike storage unit.
When visitors fly to Seaside, they still need to travel to their final destination, Randall Henderson, the committee’s chairman, said. Bicycles would be available to pilots and their passengers.
“Pilots don’t have cars parked at the airport and would appreciate transportation to homes or lodging in Seaside and Gearhart,” Henderson said. “In small general aviation, it’s called ‘the last mile problem.’ You get to the airport and you’re kind of stuck.”
Other Oregon airports provide courtesy or loaner cars, Henderson said. Sunriver Airport keeps a stable of bicycles available for visitors.
Costs, and in some cases the bicycles, are mostly covered by donations, Henderson said.
Before the bike program can begin, storage will be needed. The committee agreed a 3-foot-by-9-foot container — rather than a shed — would offer the most portability and durability. Cost estimates will be presented at a future session.
While the bikes and shed won easy agreement, the camping discussion never moved forward.
City ordinance prohibits camping anywhere in the city and the airport is no exception.
“The committee has pushed for a long time and the city has not allowed people to put their tent out into the grass,” Henderson said. “It’s something most small airports allow, but the city will confiscate your tent in the grassy area.”
To change the policy would require a variance, he said. “We keep asking and the answer is ‘no.’”