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    Commute from Portland to Tigard

    I just sold my main vehicle in an attempt to become more dependent on public transit/bicycle riding and also to save money. My bike just had a full tune up and a few commuter friendly parts were added so that I can start riding!

    I am looking for a bike-friendly route from SE Portland (near Foster and 82nd) to Tigard, particularly the Washington Square shopping center. I'm interested in the cycle only routes but also open to possibilities of half bus/half bike commutes. I'd like to take a route that has lower traffic levels. I'm fairly new to the area so I still haven't been on all the bicycle friendly roads. Any suggestions would be appreciated!
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    I think K'tesh rides in that area. If he doesn't see your post you could send him a private message. Maybe he just uses 99W though (shuddering!).
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    You can try the Springwater Corridor path all the way to Oaks Park, over the Sellwood Bridge and then up through the cemetery. Then over to Barbur Blvd then take Barbur/99 all the way to Hall Blvd, hang a right and on to Washington Square.

    The climb up through the cemetery is pretty stiff though, you'll either have fun or track me down and beat me senseless for suggesting it ;-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by kenl666 View Post
    You can try the Springwater Corridor path all the way to Oaks Park, over the Sellwood Bridge and then up through the cemetery. Then over to Barbur Blvd then take Barbur/99 all the way to Hall Blvd, hang a right and on to Washington Square.

    The climb up through the cemetery is pretty stiff though, you'll either have fun or track me down and beat me senseless for suggesting it ;-)
    When will the new Sellwood Bridge be in place? The old one was rightfully marked out as a lousy crossing on the Portland bike maps. Maybe they plan on leaving the old one where they moved it to as a bike/ped bridge. Then it would be a superb bridge. It's amazing what removing the cars can do for a roadway.

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    I don't know about SE, but I ride from downtown to WA square by:
    1 - sw 6th to terrwilliger past ohsu to Beaverton hillsdale to capital highway through multnomah village to multnomah blvd to Olsen to hall.
    2 - sw Jefferson up through Washington park and the zoo, go over 26 at scholls ferry, right on sw raab to sw canyon drive to sw ridge wood to sw brentwood to se laurel wood, to sw scholls ferry (use old scholls ferry by the golf course to get away from traffic for a stretch before rejoining and then take that to hall.
    option 2 is lower traffic and mor scenic overall, but probably slightly more elevation. Also keep in mind that if you are riding when dark through Washington park/zoo it is very dark and a front light "to see" is very helpful.
    barbur is direct, but I avoid as its very unpleasant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by B. Carfree View Post
    When will the new Sellwood Bridge be in place? The old one was rightfully marked out as a lousy crossing on the Portland bike maps. Maybe they plan on leaving the old one where they moved it to as a bike/ped bridge. Then it would be a superb bridge. It's amazing what removing the cars can do for a roadway.
    You know, I totally spaced that (it's been quite some time since I rode that route) thank you for bringing that up before I sent some stranger into a construction zone. I don't know what the bike route over the bridge is like now. When I did go that route, I would take the Sellwood bridge westbound so I could carefully use the sidewalk. In the afternoon I would just take Barbur Blvd. all the way into town, then cross over via the Hawthorne bridge.
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