Cycle Portland, Road Ride, I-205 Bike Path to Clackamas Town Center
Riding alongside the busy I-205 Highway without having to tangle with the traffic is a great way to travel north to south on the east side of the city. With the exception of one interruption at SE Flavel Street, another at NE Glisan Street, and several street crossings, the I-205 bike path brings the rider from northeast Portland south to Clackamas town center along this no-traffic bike path. On the return, a ride up Mount Tabor to see the city in the distance is a fitting way to end the ride.
Smooth, well-maintained bike path and streets.
Bike path and low traffic streets with a couple of busy intersections.
By car, take the Morrison Bridge, left onto SE Grand Avenue, right onto NE Going Street. On-street parking. By public transportation, take Bus #6 to NE Going Street and NE Martin Luther King Boulevard.
Food and Drink
There are restrooms and drinking fountains at Mount Tabor Park near the end of the ride, and many opportunities for food and drinks only short distances from this route, but none on the bike path.
Whitaker Ponds Nature Park is well worth a visit.
With the incredible bicycling infrastructure around Portland, most people ride on the street along with the other vehicles. Most notably NE Going Street, where this ride begins, is one of the designated Bike Boulevards or Neighborhood Greenways. You’ll find sharrows (designating a shared access roadway) painted in the street and a fair amount of bicycle traffic all hours of the day.
At NE 33rd Avenue you’ll ride along the short cycle track recently built by the city as a way of alleviating the difficulty of crossing this very busy street. This ride takes you along an impressive bike path – wide and well maintained. With the exception of two small sections that take you along streets and a few intersections you’ll need to cross, you can ride for miles without ever thinking about vehicular traffic.
One cautionary note, however, the popularity of the Springwater Corridor makes it a major thoroughfare for nonmotorized vehicles. Slow down as you approach. The bike path can become monotonous, so on the return trip, the ride takes you off the path and through a very low-traffic neighborhood to the south side of Mount Tabor. Climb the hill to the summit and you’ll have an incredible view of the city. The summit is a popular place to picnic, jog, or simply contemplate the beauty of the city from this height.
On the day of our ride we met a young woman who had ridden her bike up to the summit seeking serenity, and was going to do her yoga with the city as her back-drop – the perfect setting for meditation. After descending the extinct volcano that is Mount Tabor you’ll ride through bike-friendly streets and neighborhoods, but never too far from restaurants and stores if you need food and drinks.
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