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As full waterfront loop reopens, here’s an endless GIF of riding Portland’s gem

Posted by on December 2nd, 2014 at 3:21 pm

Keep on trucking.
(GIF by Will Vanlue)

After a year of seismic upgrade work to the firehouse just north of the Hawthorne Bridge’s east landing, Portland’s Eastbank Esplanade is fully open once again.

Though the detour was less than a city block, it’s been a long construction period for the ring that’s sometimes referred to, along with Waterfront Park, as Portland’s “inner loop.” Just south of the Hawthorne, the Esplanade was also closed near OMSI for much of the last year as part of TriMet’s work on the new Tilikum Crossing bridge.

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The firehouse work, whose detours were managed by Portland Fire and Rescue, wrapped up about a week ago.

At some point before that happened, local bike lover (and former BikePortland contributor) Will Vanlue made an animated GIF of a full midday loop he took around the waterfront. He released it yesterday and has given us permission to share. (Hat tip to Reddit Portland.)

It’s a great reminder of what a treasure we have at the heart of our city — a little route that’s worthy of being designated as the state’s first “scenic bikeway” in an urban area.

You might also enjoy this post from last year: Padlock placemaking on the Esplanade.

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Joe
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Joe

ahhhhhhhhh u be jamming.. haha

jeg
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jeg

I love stuff like this. Really motivates me to enjoy the resources we have, and advocate for the resources we need.

Bob New
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I know every inch of that route.

Clark in Vancouver
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Clark in Vancouver

Nice. It reminds me of this film that a guy made in 1974 of biking around Vancouver, BC.

http://youtu.be/VslCYTZdfHg

Anne Hawley
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Anne Hawley

Really cool.

Bike Round
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Bike Round

Please stop putting those moving pics on the website. It disrupts the reader, makes the website have a very low-class feel, and adds nothing of value.

WAR
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WAR

Very Nice

chris
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chris

They need to get rid of the nautical cleats on the west bank, which are dangerous obstacles Are they just keeping them around for the sake of sentimentality?

human
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human

oops, wrong guy, my apologies, Will Vanlue a good egg.

And he’s certainly not Marcus Griffith. Ugh.

was carless
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was carless

It wasn’t a firehouse upgrade, it is an entirely new building!