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rumblepony 11-01-2007 09:15 AM

NE Killingsworth/30th to Downtown
Just moved to the NE Killingsworth area and I'd like to know how everyone else from around here gets to work downtown.

I've been taking NE Goings to NE 15th, down to Broadway, and across the Broadway Bridge.

NE 15th is a bit busy and not very bike-friendly. Is there another nearby North-South route that's a better (besides Vancouver - I don't want to trek all the way over that far)

nelson_fisher 11-02-2007 08:33 AM

Why wouldn't you take N Vancouver? You ride right by it on Broadway as you go down to the bridge. Just take Killingsworth or one of the other less heavily traveled east/west streets to N Vancouver and take that down to Broadway and over the bridge. Vancouver/Williams is one of the nicest streets for bike commuting.

If you don't want to take N Vancouver, you could try taking NE 7th instead of NE 15th down to Broadway. I haven't ridden that street during commute times, but other times of the day it has less traffic than NE 15th. But it doesn't have striped bike lanes, so you still are dealing with being a part of the car traffic.

I think most people here will recommend that you go over the N Vancouver if you are concerned with riding in traffic on NE 15th. On the Vancouver/Williams couplet, you get some nice wide bike lanes (some of the widest in Portland) and there is lots of bike traffic to keep you company.

tvhwy 11-02-2007 02:32 PM

My route would be 30th -> Skidmore -> Vancouver. Then I'd go straight to Steel Bridge lower level, or the Russell -> Page bike route to Broadway.

I agree with nelson_fisher; Vancouver Avenue is your best bet for the bulk of your southbound travel. Why the aversion to it?

Pdxrunner 11-03-2007 06:59 PM

Downtown From Killingsworth
This is one of my Std routes on my Daily Commute to Beaverton. I start at 39th & Killingsworth and will sometimes take 37th to Stanton, to 28th to Halsey and Halsey to 21st. That cuts out alot of lights, but would mean biking west to 37th for you.



rumblepony 11-05-2007 05:58 PM

No aversion to Williams/Vancouver. I rode that route to work everyday when I lived off Mississippi. Just couldn't find a good east/west route to get over there. Taking alberta down can be dicey at commute hours.

So I'll give Skidmore a try tomorrow morning. Thanks for the tip.

tvhwy 11-05-2007 06:14 PM

Cool; let us know how you like it. (Prescott's another decent alternative.)

rumblepony 11-06-2007 12:43 PM

Skidmore worked well. Only complaint is a lot of "slowing down" and starting up again for stop signs every other block - but that's the norm living around Alberta :D.

Thanks for the tip again - looks like I have my new route to Vancouver/Williams

tvhwy 11-06-2007 06:40 PM

Yeah, sweet!

maxadders 11-15-2007 02:39 PM

vancouver / williams is where it's at. my only rush hour gripe is getting stuck behind caravans of people who are slower than I am. not that I'm especially fast on a 40x17 ss mtb with knobby tires, but there are some seriously slow people out there. luckily most are absent by the time 6pm rolls around.

heatherg 11-22-2007 08:20 AM

I live at 33rd/Ainsworth and biked to SW.
I flew down the Alameda Ridge on 18th going N to S, very pleasant residential street. Then usually took Knott over to that Red Cross area at vancouver, went on Vancouver for just a block, turned right and immediate left onto the side street to come out on B'way.
From there its either across the bridge or in my case....another few miles across Steel Bridge, down to S Waterfront, etc.

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