Cycle Portland, Road Ride, Two Bridges Two States Loop Ride
This iconic Portland/Vancouver bike ride is very popular with local bicycling clubs. It has the intrigue of traveling two states and bike riding across the two bridges connecting Oregon and Washington states. You’ll also bike ride along cycling paths that parallel two of the most heavily traveled highways without having to tangle with traffic. This is a must bike ride for anyone who wants to be considered a committed cyclist in the area.
Smooth, paved streets and popular bike/pedestrian paths.
Paved bike/pedestrian paths on most of this ride. Urban streets have low to moderate traffic with bike lanes.
By car, take Route I-5 north toward Seattle; take exit 307 for Oregon 99E/Marine Drive toward Delta Park; keep left at the fork, follow signs for M.L.K. Jr Boulevard/Marine Drive W; turn right onto Marine Drive W. Expo Center is on the left; parking available at the top of N Force Avenue or on-street. By public transportation, take the TriMet MAX yellow line north to the Expo MAX station, the last station.
Food and Drink
There are restaurants along Marine Drive and in Vancouver on the return ride. Restrooms available in Esther Short Park.
Explore downtown Vancouver, stop along Marine Drive to watch the planes take off and land, or visit Blue Lake Regional Park.
Taking public transportation to the starting point of this bike ride will prove that getting around Portland without a car is truly possible. Begin by crossing Marine Drive W onto the bike path. Don’t miss the sign for Vancouver/ Marine Drive. Take a right and go through the tunnel to ride along the highway onto Hayden Island and then cross the I-5 Bridge. When you exit, be careful riding through the parking lot to the street.
Traffic can be heavy at times, but Vancouver streets are wide and provide ample room for bicycles. There are a couple of tricky turns. The first is after turning onto SE 98th Avenue. Travel half way down the hill to take the left onto SE 10th Street. The second is on SE 23rd Avenue. You may think you have taken a wrong turn because the street is narrow and dead-ends. Take heart! There is a sign tucked into the woods on the left side of the road that you cannot see until you come to the dead end. It directs you to the bike path and brings you very close to the overpass which is a bit strange, but the real thrill is when you ride up to the middle of the I-205 highway. The traffic travels on both sides and the noise level is high, but the path is separated by fences for a safe ride back to Portland.
Once in Oregon, again access the Marine Drive Trail and ride along the Columbia River. This very popular multi-use path will have plenty of bike and pedestrian traffic on a good day. Just after you cross onto Marine Drive Trail, stop and enjoy the view of Mount Hood behind you. This is also a terrific place to watch the planes landing at the Portland airport. They come directly overhead – quite a sight! You’ll leave Marine Drive when it veers right to ride into the small harbor where you’ll be greeted by the sights and sounds of a small marine village complete with marina and houseboats. From here it is a short ride back to your starting point at the Expo MAX station.