A closure of County forestlands has led to more bicycling taking place on roads throughout the Hood River Valley. County Commission Chair Mike Oates says for the most part the forestland closure has been adhered to, adding the increase bicycle traffic on the roads can be managed. He asked both motorists and bicyclists to be aware of each other and share the roads. Oates says County officials are working on how to put together a budget process for the 2020-21 Fiscal Year through all that is currently going on. Hood River County already was in the midst of a budgetary crisis before the pandemic, and has a public safety levy on the May 19 ballot. Local governments have to have budgets prepared by June 30.