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drosen 07-25-2007 12:37 PM

I-5 Bridge to Vancouver?
 
Is there a bike route over the I-5 bridge to Vancouver? I crossed the bridge as a teen, but that was many years ago. I want to end a ride at the McMenamins on the Columbia. Thanks

the Wumpus 07-25-2007 05:02 PM

There's a map here:

http://www.portlandonline.com/transp...=haccb&c=deiaj

Fourth from the bottom is a "Vancouver to the Expo MAX station" link to a pdf map. It's a little weird until you've gone through there, but once you've done it it's no big deal. The main idea is to track down the path maze around where I-5 touches down by Delta Park, then once you've figured out the way to Jantzen Beach, find your way to the no-mans-land in the middle where the freeway crosses.

Depending on when you're headed north, there should be cyclists headed through often enough. You might be able to follow someone if you get lost or otherwise bewildered.

Unburst 08-26-2007 08:29 PM

You can pick up the bike path at the far end of Delta park, on the east of I-5.

As you come out of the park you'll see a sign for the path on the other side of the road.

Just follow the signs for Vancouver on the path and it'll take you over the bridge.

tjf9 08-27-2007 04:07 PM

Is the bike path wide enough for a bike trailer? Is it safe to ride across with kids? I'd like to bike the kids to the Vancouver Farmer's Market, but I'm a bit nervous about the crossing.

fetishridr 08-27-2007 04:32 PM

sure
 
its a sidewalk, so you do have to go around support beams, but yeah, you can take a trailer.

Schrauf 08-28-2007 06:01 AM

No Problem
 
It's not bad at all. Maybe a little dicey if you try to punch it at 25 mph like I do on the downhill when the sidewalk is wide open, but take your time and you will have no issues.

One side is a little wider than the other, but I can't remember which (I think southbound, although people go in reverse all the time, so if you find the wider side you can use it for north or southbound).

tjf9 08-30-2007 10:51 AM

Cool, thanks! Might have to try it this weekend...

Matt P. 09-07-2007 07:05 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Schrauf (Post 6107)
It's not bad at all. Maybe a little dicey if you try to punch it at 25 mph like I do on the downhill when the sidewalk is wide open, but take your time and you will have no issues.

One side is a little wider than the other, but I can't remember which (I think southbound, although people go in reverse all the time, so if you find the wider side you can use it for north or southbound).

I disagree, at least in part. If it's a wide trailer, you'll definitely have trouble heading north to Vancouver. I haven't ridden SB, so I don't know what that side is like. Going NB, on the downhill you'll need to watch out for some large electrical equipment cabinets and the gear that closes off the sidewalk during bridge lifts. On the NB side, it may be narrow enough to give a trailer problems. I agree with Schrauf that you'll definitely need to control your speed on the downhill.

I highly, highly recommend NOT going against the "normal" flow of traffic. People may go in reverse "all the time", but most riders aren't expecting that, and I can't think of much more frightening that having to squeeze by someone towing a trailer at 15+ mph the wrong way on a bridge full of metal protrusions and support beams.

The northbound side of the I-5 bridge looks like this:
http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/8...0/P3050114.jpg

Schrauf 09-10-2007 11:26 AM

Southbound Wider
 
I can confirm the southbound side appears to be about a foot wider than northbound. This is odd because I thought northbound was the newer of the two spans.

Bikers going against the flow should yield by stepping off to the side between the beams, where even northbound there is plenty of room, unless maybe two wide trailers pass each other. Even in that case I think there is room, but I don't know trailers well.

Of course, the biker going against the flow does not always yield - there is occasionally someone who thinks they have the right of way because they are going uphill, because they are old, or because they are wearing pink underwear.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Matt P. (Post 6303)
I disagree, at least in part. If it's a wide trailer, you'll definitely have trouble heading north to Vancouver. I haven't ridden SB, so I don't know what that side is like. Going NB, on the downhill you'll need to watch out for some large electrical equipment cabinets and the gear that closes off the sidewalk during bridge lifts. On the NB side, it may be narrow enough to give a trailer problems. I agree with Schrauf that you'll definitely need to control your speed on the downhill.

I highly, highly recommend NOT going against the "normal" flow of traffic. People may go in reverse "all the time", but most riders aren't expecting that, and I can't think of much more frightening that having to squeeze by someone towing a trailer at 15+ mph the wrong way on a bridge full of metal protrusions and support beams.

The northbound side of the I-5 bridge looks like this:
http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/8...0/P3050114.jpg


omama 05-02-2008 08:53 AM

Regarding the width and traveling with a trailer: I have ridden it a couple of times with a double burley and with a tag-along with the kids. I find it a bit snug especially with pedestrians and other cyclists on the path. But, it's manageable. We try to go slow, signal, and many times pedestrians will graciously stand aside between beams to let us pass. From our house in NPDX, it's about 7 miles one-way and a great ride with kids because of the water feature and playground at ester short park.


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