Hi Bike Portland!
I made the switch from car to commuting by bike/MAX train to in April 2019 to get from my home in East Portland to Beaverton. Getting out of my car and onto 2 wheels was freeing - and so much more versatile for getting around. With the current pandemic situation, riding the MAX seems a poor choice but I’ve not been able to solve the linking problem from downtown over the west hills. I’m game for the mileage - but what I can’t figure out is why in a city so proud of it’s bike infrastructure is there no good, safe, protected way to bike west of downtown and into Beaverton?
I have to imagine I’m not alone in wanting a safe route (all-weather!) from Portland to Beaverton. With COVID-19 on the rise, the answer isn’t multi-modal with public transit, at least not for some time…
So my questions are:
Who else is talking about this? And how do we get the city of Beaverton to buy in to this style of commuting? With the Intel and Nike offices crowding highway 26 in “normal” times, how is there not more traction for a cycle highway connecting the east and west suburban sides of Portland?
What is the best way to bike from Downtown Portland to Beaverton? Have I missed something in my efforts to map this route?
Thanks in advance for insights into my current pandemic dilemma!