highway 30

ODOT is repaving a key stretch of “Dirty 30”: Here’s what to expect

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on March 8th, 2016 at 12:57 pm

Sauvie Island Strawberry Ride

Highway 30 as it approaches the Sauvie Island bridge.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

The Oregon Department of Transportation is about to finalize plans for a paving project on Highway 30 north of St. Johns. The project is a golden opportunity to improve this key bikeway corridor that connects Portland to the West Hills, Linnton, Sauvie Island, Scappoose, and beyond.
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Fund drive launched for bike repair station on “Dirty 30”

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on October 1st, 2015 at 3:14 pm

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If all goes according to plan there will be at least one oasis for bicycle riders on what is now a pretty miserable stretch of Highway 30 known among many who ride it as “Dirty 30.”

The bike lanes on Highway 30 north of downtown Portland are infamous. They are strewn with shards of every type of material imaginable, they are often taken over by large trucks accessing the many large driveways, and they are adjacent to fast-moving traffic. Flats are a common occurence and there aren’t many destinations where you’d feel like stopping to take a break.

That’s why we’re happy to report that the owner of the Union Market and Deli at 5515 NW St. Helens Road (between Kittridge and Saltzman – map) wants to install a public bike repair station. Martha Cole has lauched a campaign on GoFundMe.com to raise $1,550.[Read more…]

Lack of sweeping makes for challenging conditions on “Dirty 30”

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on January 24th, 2014 at 11:52 am

Bike lane conditions Hwy 30-St Helens Rd-2

The bike lane on Highway 30 just north of downtown Portland is often in abysmal shape.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

On the official City of Portland bike map, NW St. Helens Road/Highway 30 looks like a nice solid bike lane (see below). It’s the only north-south bike lane on the west side of the Willamette River between northwest Portland and Sauvie Island (and beyond). As such, this bike lane is an important route for many people — whether they’re commuting to St. Johns or using it as a gateway to many popular riding destinations.

Unfortunately it’s usually full of dirt, gravel, and other debris. It’s so bad that I recently learned in some circles it’s known as “Dirty 30”.
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