With bike lanes and paths all over town — not to mention cool forests and striking scenery — Portland has great places to ride for cyclists of all abilities.
Maps & Resources
The Portland Bureau of Transportation offers great resources for cyclists who want to explore the city and region:
Favorite Portland Bike Routes
Springwater on the Willamette
From downtown, cross the Willamette River via the bike-friendly Hawthorne Bridge and follow a 3-mile (4.8 km) path between OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry) and the Sellwood Bridge. This is the Springwater on the Willamette, the westernmost leg of the Springwater Corridor, a rails-to-trails project. From this section of the trail, you can access Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, Sellwood Riverfront Park and Oaks Amusement Park — or head into the Sellwood neighborhood for food, drink and shopping.
There are 30 miles (48 km) of bikeable paths in Forest Park, a 5,156-acre (2,086-hectare) swath of old-growth timber and pristine forest landscapes in Northwest Portland. One of the most popular routes for bikers is the 11.2-mile (18 km) Leif Erikson Drive, with views of the Columbia River, Mount Hood and Mount St. Helens.
Mt. Tabor Park
Take the Hawthorne Bridge to Southeast Portland, then roll through historic Ladd’s Addition and the foodie heaven of the Division/Clinton neighborhood before beginning the climb toward Mt. Tabor Park. In the park, you’ll ascend 650 feet (198 m) on forested paths to the summit, where you can enjoy sweeping views of the terrain you just covered and the city skyline.
Northeast Neighborhood Greenways
Explore the residential neighborhoods of Northeast Portland via low-traffic routes known as greenways. Enjoy views from the Alameda Ridge, and, for an extra challenge, climb Rocky Butte at the eastern edge of the loop.
Before hitting the road, make sure to review bike safety tips from Bike Portland.
Portland Bike Tours
Bike tours let you see Portland like a local, rolling through neighborhoods along this cycling-friendly city’s many bike paths, trails and lanes.
Biking in the Columbia River Gorge
The Columbia River Gorge is a recreational biker’s paradise, with options including car-free blacktop, smooth single-track flows and canyon trails with tricky switchbacks.
Bicycling the Banks-Vernonia State Trail
The small logging town of Vernonia has become a central hub for bike routes through the surrounding state forest.
Exploring Gresham by Bike
Gresham, an east Portland suburb, offers a bevy of bike-friendly businesses and stellar views of Mount Hood.
Bike Safety Tips
Portland loves bikes, but it's still important to be armed with knowledge and cycle safely.