I-205 Multi-Use Path – Portland, Oregon


A paved and separated bicycle and pedestrian path was first constructed in the 1980’s. It is managed by the Oregon Department of Transportation. The path runs along Interstate 205 from Vancouver, Washington to Oregon City, Oregon, United States. Since 2009 Trimet’s MAX Green Line parallels much of the I-205 Bike Path.

Stretching through five cities and fifteen neighborhoods, the I-205 Multi-Use Path runs 16.5 miles and parallels the I-205 freeway from NE Marine Drive in Portland to SE 82nd Drive in Gladstone. The I-205 corridor, which now includes TriMet’s MAX Green Line, transports thousands of Oregonians each day, north and south, via rail, car, bike and foot. The I-205 Multi-Use Path is used extensively by bicyclists, pedestrians and transit users. With projects underway to enhance the path, including the addition of trees, shrubs and lighting, ODOT’s goal is to transform the I-205 Multi-Use Path into a more user-friendly, world class facility.

The I-205 path is one of the region’s most well-used bike trails, and planners recognized it as an important north-south trail connecting the Columbia River with Clackamas County. However, while it was suitable for recreational use there were serious barriers for commuters. Trail users faced long crossing distances and high-speed traffic at several major arterials without any facilities to aid crossing. Some sections were unlit and others visually unappealing, causing many users to feel uncomfortable riding or walking after dark and in the winter months.

When TriMet began construction on the new Green Line, transportation planners, public agencies and neighbors saw an opportunity to improve biking and walking connections to nearby businesses, neighborhoods, and public services. These improvements represent a step forward in bringing transportation options to underserved communities.

(taken from: BTA Blog:I-205 multi-use path grows up: Now a transportation corridor)

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