Cycle Portland, Road Ride, Downtown Vancouver to the Airport Ride
If you are visiting the greater Portland area, you may want to know how to get to the Portland airport by bicycle. Portland is one of the great places in the world where you can get around exclusively by bike—including riding to and from the airport. This one-way, mostly flat trip provides you with an easy way to travel to/ from the airport from downtown Vancouver, Washington.
Paved streets and multi-use pathway. Narrow sidewalk/ bike path over the Route I-5 Bridge.
Urban traffic on streets. Bike paths have low traffic with the exception of the Marine Drive bike path which is low to moderate.
By car, take I-5 north to Seattle; take exit 1B toward City Center/Convention Center; left on E Sixth Street; right onto Columbia Street. On-street parking.
By public transportation, take C-Tran Bus #105 from the corner of SW Sixth Avenue and SW Taylor Street in downtown Portland; disembark at Broadway and Seventh Street in downtown Vancouver.
Food and Drink
Available at the beginning of the ride in downtown Vancouver and again at the Portland airport at the end of the ride.
Explore downtown Vancouver and Esther Short Park; ride the full length of Marine Drive Bike Trail.
You can be completely comfortable taking your bike as your sole means of transportation and beginning your adventure the moment you step off the plane. And if you have found another bike-friendly place you would like to visit beyond the Pacific Northwest, you can begin your adventure by riding to the airport using this route. Some would say that crossing the Columbia River via the I-5 Bridge is a harrowing experience.
Though the sidewalk is narrow, it is completely separated from motor traffic. Pedestrians and other cyclists using the same sidewalk are very polite and make way for others. Begin your ride in downtown Vancouver and take the I-5 Bike Path. The bridge will loom ahead of you shortly after you make the left turn off Columbia Street. After crossing the bridge you will be on low-traffic bike paths as you follow I-5 to Marine Drive.
For several miles of this trip you can enjoy the beauty of the Columbia River and watch the airplanes as they take off and land. There is no way to go in the wrong direction – just head toward the airport tower! After crossing over Marine Drive for the second time you may be confused about how to access Frontage Road. Simply follow the bike path and you can’t go wrong.
Once you arrive at the airport you will be astounded at the number of bicycles that are locked up waiting for their owners to return. Whether you decide to ride to the airport and leave your bike behind or take it with you, this is a very pleasant way to meet your flight. The airport even provides a bike stand and tools (located near the TriMet MAX station under the escalator).
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