With bike paths and lanes all over town — not to mention cool forests and striking scenery — Portland has great places to ride for cyclists of all abilities. Those who want to experience the City of Roses from the road have plenty of options, including guided bike tours and rental shops. For those who didn’t bring their own wheels, one very visible option is the Biketown bike-share program, which offers visitors the opportunity to rent orange-colored eight-speed bicycles from many locations around the city. Biketown has also partnered with local bike rental company Kerr Bikes to create Adaptive Biketown, a program dedicated to increasing access to bicycles for those with disabilities. (Before hitting the road, make sure to review bike safety tips.)
Know Before You Go
Multnomah County (where Portland is located) is in the “lower risk” category. At this risk level, the following businesses are allowed to operate, with conditions and limits:
– restaurants for delivery and take-out, as well as indoor and outdoor dining (limited capacity);
– salons, massage parlors and non-medical spas;
– retail stores, farmers’ markets, groceries and pharmacies (limited to 75% capacity);
– indoor and outdoor malls and businesses within malls (limited to 50% capacity);
– outdoor fitness, recreation and entertainment establishments such as zoos, pools, gardens, parks, etc. (limited to 50% capacity); and
– indoor fitness, recreation and entertainment establishments such as theaters, arenas, concert halls, museums, etc. (limited to 50% capacity)
– indoor social get-togethers are limited to no more than 10 people, total, from no more than 4 households. Outdoor social get-togethers are limited to 12 people.
Note: Individual businesses, restaurants, stores and attractions are determining their own operating strategies during the pandemic; please check with specific businesses before visiting.
Maps & Resources
The Portland Bureau of Transportation offers great resources for cyclists. There are many maps for those who want to explore the city and region via their bike lanes. Cyclists who crave a journey off the beaten path, should venture to the Columbia River Gorge, where there are easy, moderate and challenging rides for everyone to enjoy.
Questions about Portland Bike Routes
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Popular 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.
Hawthorne Bridge to Mt. Tabor Park
For this bike route, 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.
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