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Here they come! STP riders headed to Portland this weekend

Posted by on July 7th, 2011 at 11:21 am

STP Party at Holladay Park

(Photo © J. Maus)

The annual Seattle-to-Portland bike ride is this weekend. That means about 10,000 people will roll into town (some on Saturday, but most on Sunday) via local streets en route to the finish line at Holladay Park in the Lloyd District.

STP usually takes the Broadway Bridge over the Willamette (except for last year when they opted for the Steel instead). But this year, organizers have chosen to take riders over the St. Johns Bridge and then through North Portland to reach the finish.

See the route into Portland below:

If you want to bask in the spirit of STP, head on down to Holladay Park for the big finish line party. There will be tons of vendors, food, drinks, music, and a lot of happy people.

Are you doing STP this year? If so, have a great ride!

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Scott Mizée
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Scott Mizée

YAHOOOOOO!!! Does anyone know where I can find a .gpx file with the route? I’d like to put it into my GPS for the ride. Thanks!

Tacoma
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Tacoma

Not sure how to make this link “clickable” but it may get you to the right place.

http://www.cascade.org/Community/forum/messageview.cfm?catid=7&threadid=17961

Tacoma
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Tacoma

“Yes, I love technology….”

Scott Mizée
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Scott Mizée

Excellent. That link worked great! Thanks Tacoma!

Kurt Revis
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Kurt Revis
Tacoma
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Tacoma

Good work, Kurt. If only I’d hit “refresh” sooner.

rider
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rider

Are they closing down any streets for this? I haven’t seen any signs.

Scott Mizée
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Scott Mizée

no. STP does not close streets for the ride. Riders are expected to flow with normal traffic.

Spiffy
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Spiffy

is this the first mention of STP here on BP? I always thought it looked like fun, but by the time I heard about it a couple days ago the registration was already full…

Scott Mizée
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Scott Mizée

put it on your calendar for next year, Spiffy. It was sold out in March this year.

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)
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yep. first time I’ve mentioned it.

you should email Cascade and tell them to buy some ads to promote it next year ;-).

Scott Mizée
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Scott Mizée

Where is the “Like” button for this comment?

eric
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eric

If you’re reasonably fit and have the necessary tools to transport rudimentary camping gear (unless you want to one-day it, you stud) you don’t have to pay: the roads are open to all traffic, both motorized and non. You do have to pay if you want to stand in line with 300 of your new best friends for porta potties at the official stops, but the sponsored stops along the way are open to the public, and there are gas stations and parks which are also open to the public.

JAT in Seattle
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JAT in Seattle

While technically and legally true, the Cascade Bicycle Club caps registration at 10,000 in part because of the safety issues related to so many cyclists being on rural roads at once.

While I’m sure the organizations running the sponsored stops would love your business (and they’re often ignored by paying STP riders and aren’t set up other than on STP days…) Cascade would really rather you rode the route some other day (and not just because they don’t have your money._

jim
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jim

Are they going to have people at intersections where bikes don’t stop to control traffic? or are they expected to stop at lights and stop signs?

jim
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jim

maybo they could use some of those sunday parkway volunteers to help out with intersections?

Andycigarettes
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Andycigarettes

Fun having a bike ride with so many participants on my bike commute Sunday! To the man who said, as you passed, “These guys are clapping, and you’re just heading to work”. Exactly! Any encouragement helps!

Bikesalot
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Bikesalot

STP makes a great round-trip tour. We took seven days riding up to Seattle, with a loop up the flank of Mt Rainier to camp along Skate Creek north of Packwood, then two days coming back on STP. Perhaps the best out of the ten consecutive times I have been on the ride.

I think the new route into Portland was a great idea.

MJohn
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MJohn

Kudos to whomever influenced the route change as STP came through Portland this year. Last year was an embarrassment to “bike city USA.” A dangerous, congested route with no traffic control anywhere to be seen. A total PR fiasco in my opinion. The good news is that someone got it right this year.