Esplanade closure begins February 1st

Is the bike shop open? Are the bike lanes icy? An open thread for post-storm intel

Posted by on January 12th, 2017 at 1:58 pm

I-205 path at SE Foster Road.
(Photo: Patrick F.)

It looks like the worst of the snow and and ice and cold is finally behind us. According to my weather app we should be back to the normal 50s and rain by next week.

But with a foot of snow still on the ground and cold temps sticking around, our roads and paths will be a mess for quite a while. That means it will be tricky getting around town and some of our favorite destinations won’t be open for business. With that in mind, it’s time to share what you know about local routes and destinations.

We know a lot of you have started to bike around town. Or maybe some of you are still opting for MAX and bus? Either way, can you help inform others about what’s open, what’s not, and the condition of various routes?

This is something we’ve done during/after many storms over the years (see Related Posts below). It’s also nice to consider sharing which gear and bike set-up is working (or not working) for you in these conditions.

Thanks for sharing what you know…. Ready, set, go!

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  • JP January 12, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    Would be interested to know what the Springwater and 205 path are like right now if anyone has been out there. 🙂

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    • Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) January 12, 2017 at 4:14 pm

      Hi JP,

      We hear from Barb at Splendid Cycles (whose location is right at the north entrance to the Springwater) that some ppl are riding it and some are walking… depends on skill and equipment! But it is possible.

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    • Charley January 13, 2017 at 8:21 am

      I heard a bunch of ATV’s on it yesterday when I was skiing Powell Butte. It’s probably somewhat packed down.

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    • John January 14, 2017 at 8:10 am

      Springwater is passable but pretty rough.

      There are some packed tire tracks from city service trucks (I rode past one) and deep snow between the ruts. Occasionally there is deeper snow blown across the path. If you can track the tire tracks, no problem, at least until you hit the deeper blown snow.

      As Jonathan/Barb said, depends on skill and equipment.

      I found surface streets much more rideable than Springwater.

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  • Patrick January 12, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    the Missing Link bike shop is open on Woodstock/46th & in downtown Milwaukie

    Springwater & 205 paths were chunky but passable this morning – could get interesting as things melt

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  • Mixtieme January 12, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    Crank on se Ankeny and 28th is open today, possibly limited hours. I got some Novara thinsulate bike gloves and they have been the real deal for my normal icy hands this winter! On sale now at REI.

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  • Suzette January 12, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    Is there an informal Clearing the Damn Bike Lanes group out there? I would like to shovel/salt on a team.

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  • Mark January 12, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    West End Bikes SW 11th and Stark downtown. We were open yesterday, and are open again today. We may close a couple hours early, so call first.

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  • Dick Button January 12, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    The separate Bike-path on Moody has been abandoned by the city. However across the street the path is shoveled down to clean concrete and clay, with salt on top. From there, the connection to the south waterfront east-side pass is a little sloppy, and the path itself is compacted and bumpy but ride-able. Downtown streets are okay for riding with slick tyres, but be cautious when changing lanes or turning, as built up ruts are acting a lot like invisible streetcar tracks in many places.

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  • Kelly Aicher January 12, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    All Bike Gallery locations are open for business. Our new Westmoreland store is scheduled to open by January 22nd (Moving our Woodstock location due to a huge escalation in rent)

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    • rick January 12, 2017 at 2:37 pm

      Where will the new store be located?

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    • rainbike January 12, 2017 at 2:41 pm

      Welcome to the Westmoreland neighborhood!

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    • Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) January 12, 2017 at 2:55 pm

      Thanks for the comment Kelly. Sorry we’ve had trouble connecting about the shop move. We’ll get a story up about it ASAP. Be in touch.

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    • Huey Lewis January 12, 2017 at 3:00 pm

      I heard the new owners son, a bay area realtor, found out what Bike Gallery was paying and said “they gotta pay more rent, ma!” and so that’s what prompted the move. Yes? No? Was told this by a source in the know. It’s been a bit since I heard this so I could be missing something.

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  • Anthony January 12, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    Bike Gallery Clackamas is open and ready for customers. Most other Bike Gallery locations are open as well but some locations may close at 5:00 or 6:00 pm to get staff home without trouble.

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  • rick January 12, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    Have any Fred Meyer stores cleared the snow and ice from bike lanes and sidewalks? Western Bikeworks is open at their two stores.

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  • Alex January 12, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    Just got home from a spin in N and NE. It was nice, a few cars on the road not giving enough room (what’s new?). It was great to feel the sunshine and wind on my face. I was riding a 29er with xc tires fwiw.

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  • Kyle Banerjee January 12, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    I was having the exact opposite problem as Alex. On streets with any traffic, cars were refusing to pass me or get anywhere close to me. Riding flats was fine, but due to treads filling up with snow, I had absolutely nothing on the hills. Anyplace I had to plow through snow was a lot of work.

    Having said that, back streets on my trike were beautiful though in some places, the tire tracks weren’t wide enough for me to ride in.

    There’s no way I’m riding tomorrow. It’s a long ski in, but I’m pretty sure it’s my best option. Looking forward to doing tele turns on the Interstate and Marquam descents.

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    • Buzz January 12, 2017 at 3:16 pm

      You may be disappointed to find Interstate plowed by tomorrow, it’s pretty close to the city yards. But you could always ride in the Interstate bike lane, which is full of snowbank, gravel and standing water right now, and will probably be very icy in numerous spots tomorrow morning.

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    • Adam H.
      Adam H. January 12, 2017 at 3:23 pm

      cars were refusing to pass me or get anywhere close to me

      Sounds nice.

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      • Kyle Banerjee January 12, 2017 at 4:04 pm

        Not as great as it sounds.

        Vehicles are more predictable when there’s a nice flow and spacing is relatively even. When roads contain alternating gummed up and open stretches, movement gets more erratic and less safe.

        If they don’t pass me in a reasonable amount of time despite my repeated motions to do so, I pull off and let them though. It’s faster, easier, and safer if they just go by.

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  • Eric G January 12, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    Watch out for refrozen lumpy bits hidden among long smooth stretches. I was having too much fun and riding too fast on the Burnside bridge admiring the setting moon, when those lumps tossed me to the ground.

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  • Dick Button January 12, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    Random Idea Alert: Maybe we should make a point to patronize the business who make the sidewalk passable for us? Looking great outside Jake’s Grill, I’ll reward that effort with the vote of my dollars.

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    • rick January 12, 2017 at 4:52 pm


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  • John Liu
    John Liu January 12, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    Velocult is open and the taps are lonely . . .

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    • Todd Boulanger January 12, 2017 at 6:21 pm

      Can I adopt one…or do taps prefer an open but equal relationship?!

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      • John Liu
        John Liu January 12, 2017 at 9:45 pm

        #9 is my betrothed but you can ply your charms on another

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  • Barb Grover January 12, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    Splendid Cycles is open its regular hours!

    We’ve been watching cyclists, runners, and skiers on the Springwater Trail all day. As noted already, the trail is mixed snow and ice and cyclists are navigating it with mixed results. Some riders cruising at normal speeds, others walking their bikes. It appears that skill and equipment choices make the difference.

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  • X January 12, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    SW 2nd Ave bike lane-ish clogged with snow. Some downtown streets plowed. Harsh icy ‘moguls’ building up anywhere buses travel, do not attempt. Sidewalk clearing where present takes little note of curb cuts, and less note of bike racks! –most of the bikes present appear to be abandoned.

    The streets are generally rideable but watch for transitions from sun to shade. (It’s gonna be sporty when things start to freeze up).

    The city plowed the Broadway Bridge this morning. Somewhat helpful. All but the most skilled probably had to dismount to get on it though.

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  • Todd Boulanger January 12, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    Jonthan – its worse – cycling in the snow is always better during the storm and the day after…until the compacted snow turns to ice AND all the traffic returns with frantic (cabin crazy) drivers….

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  • Rachel Cameron January 12, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    I will be at 3928 Bike Shop/Portland Bicycle Studio on N Williams tomorrow 11-6.


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  • X January 13, 2017 at 6:37 am

    Last night the Esplanade (W side) was ridable but lumpy, the switchback to the RR bridge was kind of sporty singletrack, and the bike lane through the transit center by the arena was totally unmaintained for bike passage–sporty minus, or maybe first date from hell.

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  • Dan A January 13, 2017 at 7:58 am

    ODOT’s TripCheck site is showing road conditions as reported live by people driving. I’ve never used Waze before, but apparently you can report ice on the road as you’re driving and TripCheck adds it to their map.

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  • Joe January 13, 2017 at 9:07 am

    ppl plow snow into the bike lanes?

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  • Tim January 13, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    I have been getting around with studded bike tire. Not such a novelty this year. But here in Beaverton, the skewed world of the city is out in force.

    Most people are snowed in and the side streets are impassible to cars, so lots of people out walking. Great, but when you get to the main street there is 2 feet of snow pushed up on the sidewalk.

    Then they close pedestrian paths because a leaning tree may fall. In their world it is much safer to walk six blocks in the icy street than walk by a tree.

    Then they put up barricades to keep people from using a pedestrian bridge where the railing was damaged by a falling tree. Wouldn’t a person of reasonable intelligence use the boards from the barricade to repair the railing?

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  • Brian January 13, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    Tim, I figured that was you leaving bike tracks on the trail. I agree about the bridge and I would have felt safer skiing across the bridge rather side step down the hill to cross on the street. On Wednesday, I recorded a first by skiing into work. I don’t get many opportunities for that so I had to take the opportunity.

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  • Carrie January 14, 2017 at 10:10 am

    Things I learned today. The earliest Northbound bus that leaves Sellwood/Westmoreland doesn’t get to my stop until 8:15, and is the bus which requires a 15 minute walk on uncleared sidewalks from the nearest stop to my work, which makes it impossible to get to work by my 8:30 start time on Monday’s holiday, at least via bus. Other option is to walk 15-20 minutes on either end to catch the MAX.

    But you asked about current conditions. First hand report that the sidewalks (MUP?) on SE 8th that cross the MAX/UPRR tracks between SE Division and SE Division Pl have not been cleared. By anything other than foot traffic. (The sidewalk from SE Powell to SE Division Pl along SE 9th has only been cleared where there’s a car parking lot, so basically not cleared).

    I find this ‘rule’ that the sidewalk clearing to be the responsibility of the property owner to be ridiculous. Especially when TriMet owns the property — that agency has never cleared a sidewalk/MUP on my route to work in my memory. My vision is that the city directs PBOT to clear sidewalks FIRST as snow priority routes. MUPs second. Then the car roads.

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  • Buzz January 14, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    Sidewalk on Water Bureau property frontage on N Larrabee/Interstate from N Hancock to N Tillamook is not cleared, still in terrible condition as of Friday evening; sidewalk on adjacent PPS Banchard Center property IS clear.

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  • Tai January 15, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    I did a loop ride on Jan 12th. It was sunny and slightly breezy. Headed out from Woodstock to Springwater Corridor to Sellwood and on to Sellwood Bridge which was completely clear of snow and ice! And then up on Willamette Greenway ( the small section of apartment construction is still closed to biking) to Hawthorne Bridge which was only clear of snow and ice on the bike lane and back to Woodstock on Gladstone St. The bike lane on Gladstone St was not possible to ride on and had to take full lane. All the cars gave me a lot of space and no honking. I took only residential streets and bike path except Gladstone St.
    I am a year round bike commuter and had winter bike touring and single track mtn biking experience. So that gave me confidence to do the loop. I rode my GF 29er hardtail with 45 psi on my Schwalbe Supreme 2″ tire.
    It was hard going mainly due to focusing on picking a line on hard snow and icy path and standing and trying to enjoying the view and the same time. Had to ride a bit fast and coast standing when snow is softer which was often. 2 miles in I was already sweating. Stopped every now and then to take pics and enjoy the view. I started late afternoon so I can catch the sunset of Mt Hood from the Waterfront on the way home.
    All in all I would say if you stay on strictly side streets and not get too anxious to go fast or disregard traffic and head out with the right gear you will enjoy the ride safely. I’ve been out riding since then and its much easier now because the roads had turn to ice.
    Wish I know how to post pics.

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  • Kate January 16, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    Hi Jonathan and others- I’d love to get a report from folks who commute extra early tomorrow (tuesday) to see if the ice is really as bad as the saber rattling tells us it will be. I remember checking bikeportland a week ago from bed after the last weekend ice storm to see if there was a thread with commute trip reports. Maybe this time (fingers crossed).

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