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C-Tran Bike Lockers

Park and Ride in the North, too!

If you are commuting from Clark County, C-Tran is a great option for getting downtown.  There are express lines, new hybrid buses, and huge savings for your pocket book and mental sanity!

But perhaps you're a couple of miles from the nearest transit center or you want to get a little exercise before sitting on the bus - then what?  Why not do a Portland-style Park-and-Ride? 

So, what's a Portland style Park-and-Ride?  Simply, conduct your Park-and-Ride as you normally would, except use your bike instead of your car and use one of C-Tran's secure bike lockers to keep your bike safe.  Then climb aboard your express bus downtown!

C-Tran operates secure bike lockers at 3 transit centers:

  • 99th Street Transit Center at Stockford Village
  • Fisher's Landing Transit Center
  • Salmon Creek Park & Ride

Call 360-695-0123 about availability and pricing.  And if you need a Vancouver or Clark County bike map, click here!

 [originally posted 12/2008; updated 3/2020]

Swapping war stories

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The commute as battle


An new transportation option

for Portland: skiing

Portlanders are (metaphorically speaking) showing off their battle scars today.  "I walked two hours to the bus stop, waited an hour and then caught a ride on the back of a ATV" type commute stories.  It's cathartic.

My commute wasn't exactly normal, but the MAX Yellow Line did have a shuttle bus running very frequently and I was able to catch a MAX from the Rose Quarter into downtown.  Yesterday, well it was nice out so I walked the 6 miles home.  It seemed like a good idea when I left work...

Over at they are posting people's commute stories.  One commuter got an early Christmas present.  One got a lift (lot's of community-style hitchhiking going on, it seems - only in Portland). And one got a, let's call it inappropriate, song stuck in his head. 

Remember, City Maintenance Crews and TriMet operators are working long hours in stressful conditions to get you home safely. 

Stay safe out there! 

1 World 2 Wheels Campaign

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Trek Bicycles has begun a campaign to get more of us riding our bikes for short trips.  The Wisconsin-based company's new endeavor, 1 World 2 Wheels, includes a "Go by Bike" challenge and a goal to increase bike trips in the U.S. from 1% to 5% of all trips by 2017.  (Here in Portland, we're aiming a little higher - 15%.)

The campaign really focuses on those short trips that we take everyday - the bank, the coffee shop, the library, the grocery store, and on and on and on.

Here are some compelling reasons to hop on your old bike for those quick jaunts out:

Although this week may not convince you, your bike is often the easiest way to get around your neighborhood and accomplish those short trips.  Give it a try!  One trip each week can make a big difference in neighborhood traffic, climate change pollution, and your health!

Studded Tires for Your Bike

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While Portlanders are a hearty, bicycle-riding bunch we don't often have to deal with riding in snow and ice.  But Minnesotans, Alaskans, and Canadians - they deal with the frozen stuff the way we deal with rain. 

So in search of information on biking in the frosty climes I found the website IceBike (thanks to Elly over at  It has lots of good info on riding techniques and equipment to make snow biking fun and safe(r?). 

Like studded bicycle tires.  Pretty cool, huh?!  I don't think I'll rush out and buy a pair (MAX is cheaper and easier) but it makes me happy to know that I could buy studs for my bike!

Stay safe out there!  No matter your transportation choice...