Originally Posted by noordijk
I'm planning to start commuting via bicycle from North Portland to Sauvie Island and was wondering about the safety of biking over the St. Johns Bridge.
I can't speak to commute-hour conditions, but I rode this route on Sunday and was pleased. West-bound there was a lot of debris on the sidewalk, but it was wide enough to feel safe with no other traffic (read: pedestrians).
Returning eastbound you have a climb from Hwy 30 and need to be alert at a couple of intersections (NW Germantown & Springville coming out of the Forest Park side, essentially from over your right shoulder). You also need to be careful about moving over to the left-hand turn lane to get back on the bridge. On a Sunday, not too bad. During rush hour? Dunno.
I encountered a pedestrian on the eastbound leg over the Bridge. The sidewalk is narrow enough that I chose to stop and let her pass.
Enjoy the views on your ride!