View Full Version : Best route from Steel Bridge to Overlook?

01-31-2008, 06:27 PM
I'm pondering the best route from the Steel Bridge, after getting off the Springwater Trail, to Overlook.

Interstate? Greeley? Vancouver/Williams?

I have an occasional 10.5 mile commute from Sellwood to St. Johns and that stretch is the only hair-raising part of the ride. I'd like to hear people's pros and cons for the various options.

I'd be heading north at around 7:00 am and coming back at around 3:15 pm, if that makes any difference.

01-31-2008, 09:32 PM
I live in St Johns and usually do Williams to Ainsworth on any return trip. Mainly because it's the quietest and most level. Interstate is good if you like climbing. Heading into downtown I usually go through the Overlook neighborhood and meet up with Interstate at the park. Sometimes I'll do Vancouver (you really can't go wrong with Williams/Vancouver at any time) and if it's dry and sunny I may take Greeley. I'm not reel comfy with Greeley when it's snotty out and visibility is poor. Occasionally I'll go up/down Mississippi to mix it up. I usually just play it by ear and make the turn when it feels right that day. Time wise? I don't know, never payed much attention, but I would assume the farther East you went before heading South, the longer it would take;)

02-01-2008, 07:25 AM
ditto Bonnie's analysis. Greeley is probably the fastest, depending on exactly where you're headed (it doesn't connect with the Overlook neighborhood very well), as there are few stops, but I expect the traffic might be uncomfortably heavy at the times you specify.

03-02-2008, 09:12 PM
I used to do that commute often as well. I agree that either Interstate or Williams, going North, are good. I never liked Greeley as I felt it was too busy going either direction. Going up Williams took me a bit longer- 5 to 10 minutes or so- but was much easier than Interstate if I didnt feel I had the juice on a particular night.

03-03-2008, 06:24 AM
I don't have a problem with Greeley. I commute from St. Johns to 22nd & Powell and take the Willamette/Greeley/Interstate/Esplanade route both ways. Traffic on Greeley is fast, and I would avoid it if it's dark and stormy, but I feel safer there than on Interstate due to the lack of driveways and intersections. You just have to be really careful at the crossing points southbound at Going and I-5, and Northbound at Going.

04-09-2008, 07:59 PM
I prefer Williams/Vancouver over Interstate.

05-12-2008, 04:29 PM
As a cyclist from East Vancouver (east of 205), I usually make a loop heading southbound on 205 and northbound across the Interstate bridge. From the Steel Bridge, I usually prefer skipping Interstate Avenue's hill by going around the Rose Quarter Transit Center and up Williams Avenue. The bike route they have on the maps is to take Shaver to the Failing Street Pedestrian bridge, but I find that it is much quicker to just go up a few blocks further and take Skidmore across I-5 to Interstate. If you are only going to Overlook Park, it might just be quicker to take Interstate up the hill. Either way works, it just depends on if you are up for a hill or not.