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Old 11-23-10, 09:11 PM   #1
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Portland amtrak station to Portland State University

Can anyone recommend a bike route from Union Station to the PSU area, specifically SW Market Street and SW 4th Ave.
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Turn left on Broadway as you exit Union Station. Follow Broadway for 1.1 miles to Market Street. Turn left and go 0.2 miles to 4th Avenue. Total distance 1.3 miles.

All this is in downtown Portland, where it is tough to go too wrong. Odd numbered streets go southbound (Broadway is where 7th would be), and Broadway has bike lanes. You climb slightly on Broadway and will descend on Market.

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this may be useful http://ride.trimet.org/ it's a bus users interactive .
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I needed a route from the Amtrak station to a motel up by the airport. I used Google maps, set on by bicycle. Then I used the street view version to check it out. It looked fine so I entered the route in my gps. Everything went great until I encountered a bridge under construction. I followed the detour signs to get across. My gps helped me get back on my original route.
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Thanks for the scoop.

BigBlueToe: I'm with you when it comes to google maps and street view. The latter not only shows whether there is a bike lane/shoulder or not, but whether a road is paved or not.

I did check out Broadway and just wanted to get a feel for how bike friendly it is. My wife and I will riding folding bikes each carrying a large backpack (part of a month and a half rail trip).
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I did check out Broadway and just wanted to get a feel for how bike friendly it is. My wife and I will riding folding bikes each carrying a large backpack (part of a month and a half rail trip).
Broadway is as good as any other urban street here (and better than 5th since it doesn't have light rail tracks and has a lane). If for some reason you want to go even easier, the Green and Yellow light rail lines (MAX) pretty much go directly along your route from Amtrak to PSU.
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this may be useful http://ride.trimet.org/ it's a bus users interactive .
A free light rail ride just where I want to go! Thanks.
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