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Biking


Make your bike commute easier by learning how to store, secure, and expand your biking options.



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  • BIKING AND WALKING MAPS
    When planning your trip, remember:
    -some roads with bike lanes have heavy traffic with high speeds

    -smaller neighborhood roads are great alternatives to busy streets, even if they are not marked as having a "bike facility"

    -pathways often connect neighborhood coul de’sacs to each other; look for purple lines indicating a trail

    -TriMet allows bikes on MAX, WES, and busses.

    Download biking and walking maps for the following Washington County areas:
    VAMANOS MAP SERIES


    RECREATIONAL BIKE ROUTES


    COMMON COMMUTE ROUTES


    TRIP PLANNING

    Bring your bike on transit


    Transit makes your bike commute faster and easier.

    TriMet, CTRAN, and SMART accommodate bikes for free. Consider a folding bike to a standard frame so you can avoid crowded bike racks.

    BusesMAXWES

    Placing your bike on a bus can be intimidating the first few times, however, it is quite easy. Here’s how:

    1. Make sure there’s room for your bike on the bus. All buses have a 2-bike maximum
    2. Wave to the driver to let them know you are placing a bike on the bus.
    3. Never approach a stopped bus from the street side, as you cannot safely determine when a driver is about to leave a stop.
    4. Pull down the bike rack by squeezing the handle on the top of the rack and lower it.
    Place your bike in the rack and place the bar over your front wheel (as close to the frame as possible).

    Remove any loose items or valuables from your bike, including panniers, then board the bus and pay your fare. You do not pay extra for a bike.

    Practice
    You can practice at the demonstration racks at the following locations:
    – PSU’s Transportation Information Center, located at 1812 SW 6th Ave. in Portland
    – Community Cycling Center, located at 1700 NE Alberta St. in Portland.
    Bikes are allowed on all MAX trains, however, trains can get crowded during peak hour commute times. Visit TriMet for complete instructions for loading your bike on MAX.
    Each low-floored MAX train (those without stairs) has hooks for 4 bikes. Here are some tips on using them:

    1. Roll your bike onto its back wheel next to the bike hook.
    2. Hang the front wheel of your bike on the hook.
    3. You can lift your knee and place it underneath the bike seat to help you lift the bike onto the hook.
    MAX Designated bike areas
    Each WES Commuter Rail car has room for six bikes. Visit TriMet for complete instructions for loading your bike on WES.

    Bike racks on WES are similar to those found on the MAX cars. Here’s how to use them:

    1. Roll your bike onto its back wheel next to the bike hook.
    2. Hang the front wheel of your bike on the hook.
    3. You can lift your knee and place it underneath the bike seat to help you lift the bike onto the hook.
    4. The rack will secure the front wheel in place.
    WES Designated bike areas

    Bike Parking


    Keep your bike safe and secure while you’re away.

    TriMet provides a variety of bike parking options including Bike and Ride facilities, electronic bike lockers and reserved bike lockers. Visit TriMet’s website for a full list of bike parking options and policies.

    Bike and Ride


    Bike and Rides provide enclosed, covered and secure facilities for bike commuters who want to leave a bike at a station. These are perfect for storing station bikes for that last or first mile link from the station to work.

    Locations

    Beaverton Transit Center
    Sunset Transit Center
    Gresham Transit Center
    Beaverton Transit Center Map Sunset Transit Center Map Gresham Transit Center
    Security Features
    Amenities
    Cost
    Where to buy BikeLink Card
    Keycard locks to screen who enters the facility

    24 hour video surveillance

    Bike racks that allow easy use of standard u-locks

    Self-service bike repair stations

    Power outlets for electric-assisted bikes

    Initial $20 fee for BikeLink card which allows access to facility

    A $5 set-up fee

    $.03/hour for use of the facility 8am-8pm weekdays and $.01/hour all other times

    TriMet Ticket Office at Pioneer Courthouse Square

    BikeLink

    snack bar at Sunset TC (6–10 a.m. and 2–6 p.m.)

    Electronic Bike Lockers


    These lockers are first come, first serve and use the same BikeLink system as Bike and Rides

    Locations

    Orenco/231st Ave MAX Station
    Tigard Transit Center WES Station
    Orenco/231st Ave MAX Station Tigard Transit Center WES Station Map
    Features
    Cost
    Where to buy BikeLink Card
    Enclosed individual bike locker that is opened with a BikeLink card

    Lockers are first come, first serve

    Leave your bike for up to 10 days

    Initial $20 fee for BikeLink card which allows access to facility

    A $5 set-up fee

    Usage fee of $.05/hour

    TriMet Ticket Office at Pioneer Courthouse Square

    BikeLink

    snack bar at Sunset TC (6–10 a.m. and 2–6 p.m.)

    Reserved Bike Lockers


    TriMet has reservable bike lockers located throughout its system.

    Locations

    Bike Lockers are located at many of TriMet’s stations. View a full list of locations and their availability HERE.

    Cost
    How to Rent
    $25 for a six month cycle

    $50 refundable key deposit

    View the availability of lockers at your desired location

    E-mail bikelockers@trimet.org or call 503-962-2104 to reserve your locker (or get on a waiting list). Please provide your full name, the location(s) you’re interested in and your daytime phone number.

    CTRAN


    CTRAN provides reservable individual bike lockers at numerous locations. Visit CTRAN for a full list of policies.

    Locations

    • – Downtown Vancouver
    • – 99th Street Transit Center at Stockford Village
    • – Vancouver Mall Transit Center
    • – Fisher’s Landing Transit Center
    • – Salmon Creek Park & Ride
    • – Camas Transfer Center
    Cost
    How to Rent
    $8/month

    $25 non-refundable cleaning deposit

    $50 refundable key deposit

    Call (360) 695-0123

    SMART


    SMART has 48 reservable bike lockers at SMART Central and the Wilsonville Station. Visit SMART for their policies.

    Locations

    • – Wilsonville Station (end of the WES Line, connect to SMART buses)
    Cost
    How to Rent
    They are FREE! Complete a locker rental form PDF

    E-mail completed form to marston@ridesmart.com.

    Call 503-682-7790 X1489 with questions

    Community Groups


    Join the conversation and learn how you can help.

    Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committees

    Many jurisdictions throughout the region have Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committees that meet monthly to provide feedback to city staff. These meetings are open to the public.

    City of Beaverton
    2nd Thursday of every month, 6:30 pm – Beaverton City Hall
    City of Tigard
    3rd Thursday of every month, 5:00 pm – Tigard City Hall
    Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District
    3rd Tuesday of every month, 7:00 pm – Fanno Creek Service Center

    Oregon Road User Laws


    All road users should be familiar with Oregon traffic laws. Portland based law firm Swanson, Thomas, Coon and Newton provide on-line resources for cyclists and pedestrians.

    It is the responsibility of ALL road users to keep each other safe.

    Swanson, Thomas, Coon and Newton – Resource Page

    Pedal Power – A legal guide for Oregon Bicyclist

    Oregon Pedestrian Rights – A legal guide for persons on foot