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zpl
02-17-2010, 09:14 PM
I'm curious if anyone on here commutes by bike from Portland to the Hillsboro airport area. What route do you take and how long does it usually take you? Even more importantly, what are the sketchiest parts of your route when dealing with traffic?

Scott

hemp22
02-18-2010, 12:10 PM
lots of people do, actually. the route & timing will depend on where you're starting from in portland
I don't really know, but I'd guess the most frequently used route is to head up through the Rose Garden & Zoo, and then follow SW Canyon Ct, and the Hwy 26 MUP until you get to Hwy 217. From there, follow SW Park Way down to Walker Rd, and follow Walker until it ends at AmberGlen - then take Cornell Rd the rest of the way into Hillsboro, getting off at either Butler or NE 25th, depending on which campus you're going to.'
- This route is pretty bike friendly except for a ~1 mile stretch on Walker Rd between ~173rd and Amberglen, where there's no bike lane, some spots of narrow pavement, and a 45mph speed limit. It's quite roads & paths until you get to Walker, and then it's major thoroughfares the rest of the way. (there are ways to avoid the bad section of Walker by cutting over to Cornell earlier). Depending on how much you enjoy riding up & over the hill, you're probably looking at 1-1.5 hrs from downtown.


Alternatively, from NW PDX / pearl dist. you can go up over the hill on Cornell/Thompson, and stay on the north side of Hwy 26 until you get out to Hillsboro. This generally adds some distance, and a lot of riding on narrow 2-lane roads w/ fast traffic.

Simple Nature
02-18-2010, 06:57 PM
Yep, what Hemp said... I prefer the ride up to the rose gardens by taking the trail up at Burnside and 25th. It's a gated switchback that drops you at the bottom of the rose gardens.

If you are on the southside of PDX... Terwilliger; up the hill and onto 10... great downhill almost all the way to 217. Some really nice routes from there. Beaverton throughfare is on 5th then you hit Farmington again around 150th. Probably want to work your way to the nature park and onto Jenkins/Baseline to 231, or 53rd.

Or do like most... Maxx it to the Westside and trek in the last few miles.

zpl
02-18-2010, 08:09 PM
Thanks for the replies!

Or do like most... Maxx it to the Westside and trek in the last few miles.

Actually, what I was thinking was riding from Hollywood to Goose Hollow or Washington Park and then taking the Max to Hillsboro would be most efficient. The idea being that Max is slowest and most crowded when getting to downtown Portland.

Of course, that would also require there being some safe place to stow my bike all day long...hmmm.

Anyway, it's an academic inquiry at the moment.

Scott

lynnef
02-19-2010, 09:23 PM
My preferred route (I ride from my home to the Portland Velo rides on Saturdays, which start near the Hillsboro airport...)

Start at west end of Sunset HWY MUP

cross Hwy 217, right at T, left on Park Way.
Park Way to Huntington, turn R
L on Butner, follow across Murray (will become Downing), all the way to SW Meadow.
R on Meadow
L on Pioneer
enter the Tualatin Hills complex at end of Pioneer. Go past the soccer field, turn right, go up hill, hop onto the road, NW Schlottman (all paved, not to worry)
R onto Blueridge,
then L on Greenbrier,
R on Waterhouse,
R on 158th,
L on Cornell (whew! not as complicated as it seems, truly)
R on Evergreen (stay alert until you cross 185th, the shopping center traffic can be... interesting).

Follow Evergreen to the Hillsboro Airport

Simple Nature
02-20-2010, 09:04 AM
Jenkins-Baseline is a very benign route. Real easy to get to from the 26 MUP at 217; mostly residential coming down the hill. Get on at Goose Hollow and off at Sunset if you want an enjoyable ride with some milage. There is a little niche of an opening in the wall right in front of the East entrance to Nike. You'll be in residential until there.

zpl
03-31-2010, 08:57 PM
Well, it turns out this is no longer an academic question; I start a new job at Intel next month. :)

Looking at the satellite view and what byCycle suggests, it does look like Jenkins-Baseline is a fairly bike-friendly and reasonably direct route to where I need to go; at least I can see bike lanes along the entire route.

Lynne, what's your take on Jenkins-Baseline vs. what you suggested?

Edit: OMG, I just realized that route takes me past a Krispy Kreme. I'm afraid I have a bit of a willpower problem when it comes to that.

I'm not sure which route I'll try, but I think I'm going to head out there tomorrow late afternoon and give it a shot.

Scott

zpl
04-01-2010, 09:07 PM
So K'Tesh and I rode both routes this evening; we went out to Intel via Jenkins-Baseline, and then back via Evergreen-Cornell.

I definitely wouldn't describe it as pleasant, but it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. We were riding during the evening rush hour so I got to see how traffic was.

We made the mistake of taking Jenkins-Baseline to NE 28th and then heading North. I will *never* do that again - the road was extremely narrow and kept alternating between a bike lane and no shoulder whatsoever. Immediately a line of cars piled up behind us, and I did the polite thing and took a side street at the first opportunity.

Now that I have access to Google Satellite view, I see it would be much, much better to head up NE 37th, cross the tracks, and head up to Cornell instead to reach NE 25th.

I think the commute is do-able (24 miles), and will probably get in the habit of biking one-way, then Max'ing it in the other direction.

I do have to admit that Jenkins-Baseline has nice long stretches without traffic lights, which makes it feel "fast" compared to urban Portland. The bike lanes were reasonably clean, too.

Scott

PS - And yes, we stopped at Krispy Kreme.... ;)

hemp22
04-02-2010, 07:26 AM
Good deal. glad to hear that a little longer commute doesn't have you worried, and congrats on the job.
you get used to the high-speed traffic whizzing by - and really just have to stay alert in the sections where there's no bike lane, or near the big intersections when people will tend to drift across the bike lane or try to right hook you.

So, you're looking at those two routes as possibilities from the Sunset MUP?

there are a couple other options as well, if you like variety (or, if you need to force yourself away from the temptation of krispy kreme).
I manage to pass by the krispy kreme twice every day without stopping, but that may just be because I have a couple other preferred donut shops.

Also, if you go the baseline route, I'm not familiar with 37th, but there are nice bike lanes on Brookwood Parkway, to get you from Baseline to Cornell.

zpl
04-02-2010, 09:51 AM
So, you're looking at those two routes as possibilities from the Sunset MUP?

...

Also, if you go the baseline route, I'm not familiar with 37th, but there are nice bike lanes on Brookwood Parkway, to get you from Baseline to Cornell.

Yep, it's pretty straightforward for me to get out of Portland via Washington Park, and that dumps me out on Canyon and the Sunset MUP. It's the remainder that I've been totally unfamiliar with until recently.

Thanks for the Brookwood Parkway suggestion - that seems perfect.

Back in New Hampshire I had a 22 mile commute each way to work, and I loved it. It was along some beautiful, low-traffic roads. I'd ride it both directions routinely and found it a perfect way to get focused on the way in or relax on the way home. Oh, and there was only one traffic light along the route. :)

Scott

lynnef
04-02-2010, 07:31 PM
Gee, since I posted that, I got a JOB (contract, but hey after 17 months of no job) at Intel Ronler Acres. Guess how I'm getting there? I really do prefer Evergreen-Cornell-158th-Waterhouse-{through the THPRD facility to Pioneer} over Baseline-Jenkins. I commuted home from Tektronix on Jenkins-Walker-through the Cedar Hills neighborhood, and I didn't like the left turn off Jenkins to Ecole, even though there is a left turn lane, because Jenkins backs up and drivers DRIVE WEST THROUGH THE LEFT TURN LANE OMG! I DARN NEAR DIED ONE NIGHT!

Also, the left turn across Walker onto Filmont is doable when traffic is heavy, not so much when traffic is light. I don't want to stay on Walker eastbound any longer, because it becomes very narrow with ditches just east of Cedar Hills. I'd just go up Park Way instead. Builds character.

I have no issues at all with Evergreen-Cornell, even at rush hour. Bike lanes the whole way, intelligently designed eastbound bike lane at the 158th intersection (I turn right and stay far left, because that's where I'm turning) Nicer than Baseline in terms of overall traffic level.

In the mornings I ride to the MAX at Sunset TC, take the MAX to Orenco, then ride the last bit. I ride all the way home.

Krispy Kreme is not a distraction. The various burger joints and Asian restaurants on the Tanasbourne shopping center and along Cornell really smell enticing on the way home. I'm hungry :)

Friend G likes to ride Cornell-Amberglen-Walker-Park Way. Not so much for me, because Evergreen is much closer for me (she's at total other end of the complex), and it includes those two stretches of Walker Rd with the narrow bridges.

Sooo if you see someone on a Rivendell Bleriot with hammered metal fenders, say hi!

zpl
04-02-2010, 09:41 PM
Congrats on the new job, Lynne! I'll be at the Jones Farm campus, but we'll likely cross paths at some point. I ride a Salsa Casseroll.

For future reference, here is the route to Intel Jones Farm from PDX Goose Hollow via the Sunset MUP and Jenkins-Baseline, taking the route I think is best for me so far:

http://www.mapmyride.com/ride/united-states/or/portland/712127027212375780

You'll notice after going through the Nike campus I actually back-track a bit. That's to avoid an uphill left turn at a traffic light that seemed pretty awkward when I did it last time. Swapping situations like that out for a little extra distance but with right turns is a trick I've learned when picking bike routes.

Scott

Simple Nature
04-03-2010, 05:00 PM
That's pretty much the route I would recommend.

Never done the section 10; I found a little niche in the wall across from Nike. If you cross Walker at Park Way and go through the residential part, the opening back onto Murrey is right there [it's a like a zig-zag through the wall]. It is easiest to find it from the Murrey side.

I won't speak for the intersections during commute hours though. Never done it.

K'Tesh
04-27-2010, 08:47 PM
I hope things go well at the new job. I hope you find a working route for your commute.

All The Best!
K'Tesh

podman
05-16-2010, 12:26 PM
Gee, since I posted that, I got a JOB (contract, but hey after 17 months of no job) at Intel Ronler Acres. Guess how I'm getting there? I really do prefer Evergreen-Cornell-158th-Waterhouse-{through the THPRD facility to Pioneer} over Baseline-Jenkins. I commuted home from Tektronix on Jenkins-Walker-through the Cedar Hills neighborhood, and I didn't like the left turn off Jenkins to Ecole, even though there is a left turn lane, because Jenkins backs up and drivers DRIVE WEST THROUGH THE LEFT TURN LANE OMG! I DARN NEAR DIED ONE NIGHT!

Also, the left turn across Walker onto Filmont is doable when traffic is heavy, not so much when traffic is light. I don't want to stay on Walker eastbound any longer, because it becomes very narrow with ditches just east of Cedar Hills. I'd just go up Park Way instead. Builds character.

I have no issues at all with Evergreen-Cornell, even at rush hour. Bike lanes the whole way, intelligently designed eastbound bike lane at the 158th intersection (I turn right and stay far left, because that's where I'm turning) Nicer than Baseline in terms of overall traffic level.

In the mornings I ride to the MAX at Sunset TC, take the MAX to Orenco, then ride the last bit. I ride all the way home.

Krispy Kreme is not a distraction. The various burger joints and Asian restaurants on the Tanasbourne shopping center and along Cornell really smell enticing on the way home. I'm hungry :)

Friend G likes to ride Cornell-Amberglen-Walker-Park Way. Not so much for me, because Evergreen is much closer for me (she's at total other end of the complex), and it includes those two stretches of Walker Rd with the narrow bridges.

Sooo if you see someone on a Rivendell Bleriot with hammered metal fenders, say hi!

I am working contract there too... I just finally started commuting again and was unhappy when the gaurd shack told me i couldn't take my bike inside the gate even thouh my company has a a trailer i can store my bike in. Are you chaining yours up outside?


FWIW to anyone, i ride out from SW Portland and use Jenkins to baseline to 170th to Cornell to Evergreen. That ride is very easy... just wish i could get from Western Ave. to Canyon in a more relaxed route.

lynnef
05-16-2010, 03:49 PM
I lock mine up to the rack outside. I'm working in RA1; no fence or guard shack.

Western to Canyon - actually, if your intermediate goal is Jenkins...

Try
Western
R on 109th
CROSS Canyon, becomes 110th
L on Cabot, becomes Center (I think you'll pass K'Tesh's apartment complex there somewhere)
R on Hall
CROSS Cedar Hills, go through the shopping center and
R on Hocken
L on Jenkins (there is a traffic light there)

podman
05-16-2010, 08:16 PM
I lock mine up to the rack outside. I'm working in RA1; no fence or guard shack.

Western to Canyon - actually, if your intermediate goal is Jenkins...

Try
Western
R on 109th
CROSS Canyon, becomes 110th
L on Cabot, becomes Center (I think you'll pass K'Tesh's apartment complex there somewhere)
R on Hall
CROSS Cedar Hills, go through the shopping center and
R on Hocken
L on Jenkins (there is a traffic light there)

yea... been using Cabot... just wish there was a way to navigate home from Cabot to Allen that didnt involve riding down Beaverton/Hillsdale or Western for that matter... Western can get pretty hairy. I am using Arctic to go through the business park, but still...

FWIW, on the commute to intel, I do prefer taking a right off of Center one intersection prior to Hall.. then travelling up to ____ (Fairfield?) and then crossing Cedar Hills Blvd. at Winco, then on to Jenkins. it might be a few feet farther but it seems to have a whole lot less traffic.

Thanks for the response.

Scott

lynnef
05-17-2010, 11:36 AM
Ah, but there IS a way to get from Cabot to Allen that does not include riding on Beaverton Hillsdale.

Cabot heading east
R on SW 110th
L on SW Canyon
R on SW 107th
OR
L on SW 110th
R on SW 108th
L on SW Sunnyhill
R on SW 106th
R on SW Canyon
L on SW 107th

THEN
continue across Beaverton Hillsdale into the office complex.
Go around the office buildings on the left; turn left onto SW 5th
R onto Western.

Easier to see if you put Google Maps on Satellite.