Cascade Bicycle Club, the group behind the Seattle-to-Portland Bicycle Classic has announced a last minute route change. This Saturday and Sunday, an estimated 10,000 riders (most of them on Sunday) will roll across the lower deck of the Steel Bridge en route to their final destination at Holladay Park in the Lloyd Center.
The STP usually rolls across the Willamette via the Broadway Bridge, but with that route mired in construction, organizers decided last May to take riders across the St. Johns Bridge instead. But now, citing an “unforeseeable construction impact”, they say the St. Johns is not an option.
Here’s the revised map…
The lower deck of the Steel Bridge is not very wide and struggles to fit crowds of bikers and walkers on normal summer weekends. Thousands of additional riders should make for very interesting conditions. If you’re on the ride, please relax while on the bridge deck. If you’re not on the ride, you might want to consider avoiding this area if possible.