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drosen
08-19-2007, 09:28 AM
Is Marine Drive east of I-5 safe to ride? I'd like to use it to get to Troutdale. Thanks

Simple Nature
08-19-2007, 10:06 AM
I've ridden Marine Drive from Troutdale a few times. There are a few pinch points to be careful for but a lot of it is dedicated bike/ped path. Be seen!

mike_khad1
08-19-2007, 04:22 PM
I took Marine Drive from 205 east to Troutdale. I think it's fine. There is a multi-use path that parallels Marine Drive but I haven't taken it because you can't see the Columbia river from the MUP. However, if I were taking children, I'd be on the MUP.

Jeff Wills
08-19-2007, 07:47 PM
I took Marine Drive from 205 east to Troutdale. I think it's fine. There is a multi-use path that parallels Marine Drive but I haven't taken it because you can't see the Columbia river from the MUP. However, if I were taking children, I'd be on the MUP.

The MUP crosses over back and forth across Marine Drive. For some stretches it is on the river side, and is quite pleasant. I'd probably avoid it eastbound, though, since the non-river-side ain't great. I'm usually westbound from I-205 to I-5, so it's a relief from auto traffic.

Jeff

fetishridr
08-19-2007, 08:34 PM
as youleave I5, peddle about 1/2 mile east on marine drive, hang left into the neighborhood (past the newish strip mall) and you will avoid about a mile of the crappy part of marine drive. i normally ride marine drive mid day. i wouldnt do it during rush hour/evening because of the multitude of drivers. they drive fast in the afternoon and i 've had some close calls. i dont bother with the past that is south of marine because its kind of out the way to get to it, but it does help you avoid about a half mile of marine drive

nuovorecord
08-20-2007, 03:12 PM
In general, there is a lot of truck traffic on Marine Drive b/c it allows them to avoid the I-5/I-84 interchange if they're heading east. I can't say that I've ever felt endangered riding on it, but it's something to be aware of.

A nice detour off Marine Dr. is to ride around Blue Lake. Turn right off Marine onto Interlachen Lane. Follow it around the south shore of Blue Lake until you get to Blue Lake Dr. Turn right and go down to 223rd. Take a left, then a right onto the ramp leading you back up to Marine Dr. There's much less traffic this way and you avoid the traffic conflict created by the off ramp at 223rd.