Major Route Detours through Salem:
Detour in Salem: Detour on Winter Street in Salem!
follow short detour that uses sidewalks and a shaded paved path that runs along Pringle Creek. The entire detour is less than one mile.
South River Road Detour on Gravel Road
August 31st- Sept 20th South River Road, south of Salem will be closed to all traffic including bicycles and pedestrians. The detour for bicycles and pedestrians uses the one-mile long gravel road along the railroad tracks which can be accessed from the paved path as you enter Minto Island Park or from Kearney St. (just north of Owens, the actual Bikeway route, in Salem. The is the best possible detour. The only other options add many miles and a lot of elevation.
Click here for map of detour of South River Road.
RideOregonRide.com/Willamette is a site just for cyclists hosted by Travel Oregon. It shows restaurants, hotels and bike shops along the route. You can post comments and read posts from other cyclists.
Amtrak to and from the Bikeway
You can quickly access the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway from Amtrak at the Salem and Albany stops. The Oregon City Amtrak stop is about 20 miles from Champoeg State Park, the northern terminus of the bikeway. The Eugene stop is about ten miles from the southern terminus of the bikeway.
There are two types of Amtrak trains along the bikeway. The Cascades Train allows for unboxed bikes. You will need to make a reservation for your bicycle to be stored on a bike rack in the cargo part of the train. The Coast Starlight train requires bikes be boxed.
Cascades trains make more stops along the bikeway and even has its own Facebook page
the Coast Starlight goes all the way to California.
Amtrak reservations for passengers and bicycle storage space are required. Tandem, recumbent, or other unusual bikes must be boxed. Folding bikes are sometimes allowed as a carry on. For more information, call Amtrak at: 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245) or visit http://www.amtrak.com/bring-your-bicycle-onboard
Willamette Valley Bikeway now on Facebook! Page created by locals. Read the posts from the locals who ride the bikeway all the time, follow it, post to it.