Cycle Portland, Sightseeing & Kids Friendly Ride, Columbia Tech Center Ride
This short, flat bike ride is a perfect way to get familiar with bicycling if you haven’t been on a bike for a while. The streets are wide and have well marked bike lanes. On weekends the tech center is very quiet because most of the buildings are active only during business hours. The area is well landscaped with ponds, waterfalls, and a beautiful park that is popular with families and is located next to the Columbia Valley Elementary School.
Smooth, paved streets and bike/pedestrian paths.
Paved bike/pedestrian paths and low traffic streets with bike lanes.
By car, take Route I-5 north toward Seattle; take exit 1A for WA-14E toward Camas; take exit 8 for SE 164th Avenue. Turn right onto SE Tech Center Drive then turn right onto SE Sequoia Circle. On-street parking. Accessing this ride via public transportation is not recommended.
Food and Drink
There are restaurants very close to the boundaries of the Tech Center. The only public restroom is a portable toilet at the softball field.
Lacamas Lake, the Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge and downtown Vancouver are all within a reasonably short drive.
Plan to drive to the Columbia Tech Center if you are starting from downtown Portland. Public transportation is infrequent to this location. Once you have parked near the Columbia Valley Elementary School, however, you will find others who have discovered this popular area for bicycling and walking. Begin at the park next to the school. There is a slight elevation here, but the rest of the bike ride is level.
Ride through the park where you’ll find flat grassy expanses, waterfalls, a duck pond, and lots of benches where you can sit and enjoy the quiet scenery. Since Columbia Tech Center is an industrial center, there will be very few vehicles on the roads during the weekend. After you leave the park, bike ride along the tree lined roads of the center with wide bike lanes. Even though you are on public streets, this is a family-friendly ride since there is virtually no traffic on weekends. The outlined route brings you past all of the interesting sights.
Ride through the park so that you become familiar with your bicycle and gain confidence to ride through the Tech Center streets. Along the way you will find a secluded softball field tucked behind some of the buildings. This is where the only public restroom is located. The Tech Center is surrounded by the wide bustling streets of suburban Vancouver, and on one corner of the industrial park is a shopping center with plenty of restaurant choices if you decided not to bring a picnic.
Since the route is flat you may want to make the loop a couple of times. There is plenty to see and the park is a terrific place to bring children. They can play in the field, watch the ducks in the pond, and have a picnic. With small children the park offers wide bike/pedestrian pathways where they can learn to ride.
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