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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 December 2, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    ahhhhhhhhh u be jamming.. haha

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    jeg December 2, 2014 at 6:10 pm

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

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    Bob New December 2, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    I know every inch of that route.

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    Clark in Vancouver December 2, 2014 at 10:40 pm

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

    http://youtu.be/VslCYTZdfHg

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    Anne Hawley December 3, 2014 at 12:20 am

    Really cool.

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    Bike Round December 3, 2014 at 8:51 am

    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.

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    WAR December 3, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Very Nice

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    chris December 3, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    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?

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    human December 3, 2014 at 5:56 pm

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

    And he’s certainly not Marcus Griffith. Ugh.

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    was carless December 3, 2014 at 6:33 pm

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

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