Safe, reasonably direct route from n. portland to vancouver?

Hi everyone, I just recently accepted an amazing job as a graphic designer for a knitting company. The only kicker is that it's in Vancouver, WA, over by I-205. I have access to a car and would probably drive there most of the time, but would like to ride there at least once or twice a week, more if the route was good. I've been looking at bike maps and Ride with GPS routes, but haven't found anything that seems to be pretty safe and reasonably direct (it'll be about 13 miles one way). I ride daily for transportation in Portland and am a confident cyclist. If anyone has a route to the Mill Plain Blvd area of Vancouver they want to share, or any route tips for riding in Washington, or any tips for long commutes, I'd love to hear them. Thanks!
Portland, OR vancouverWAlong commutesafe route

  • Emily
    Emily on Jul 29, 2015

    Thanks again for your help, everyone! I think I've found a route I like, although there is a busy section or two with no bike lane that I want to find a way around. I biked to Vancouver on Saturday and went Holman->37th->Alberta Ct ->72nd->Prescott->205 bike path->SE 23rd->Ellsworth->10th->Chkalov (this is a section to find a way around)->7th->126th and into the office park. I was pleasantly surprised by how many of the streets in Vancouver had bike lanes, and experienced no harassment there either. The 205 bridge is so LOUD, I will definitely use ear plugs when biking that stretch. Overall, a success!


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