Portland bike tours let you see the city like a local, rolling through neighborhoods along this cycling-friendly city’s many bike paths, trails and lanes. Portland has more than 350 miles (563 km) of bike lanes, paths and low-traffic streets designated as “bike boulevards,” making cycling one of the best ways to see the city. Many of these bikeways run right through the heart of downtown and past popular attractions, shops and restaurants.
Guided Portland bike tours
For guided tours, several local outfitters have you covered. Cycle Portland Bike Tours rides around the bridges, breweries, foodie destinations and parks of Portland; Pedal Bike Tours stretches farther afield, with downtown tours, beer- and food-cart-themed jaunts, and trips that explore the nearby wine country and the Columbia River Gorge. Both companies also provide custom-designed tours. Everybody’s Bike Rentals & Tours rents refurbished commuter bikes to visitors, along with leading two 3-hour bike tours of Northeast Portland, one focusing on the neighborhood’s food and urban farms and another focused on the area’s craft breweries and parks.
Portland By Cycle from the Portland Bureau of Transportation offers free guided bike rides on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings in July and August, as well as other rides and classes in the spring and fall. These tours are all BYOB (bring your own bike).
Rent a bike
Or, rent a bike and explore on your own. Necessary accessories — including a pump, a helmet, suggested routes and a bike bag — are included. Bike maps are available at the Travel Portland Information Center in downtown’s Pioneer Courthouse Square or online. You’ll find cyclist-submitted tours at Ride Oregon Ride, and the Portland Bureau of Transportation has a list of their nine best rides around Portland. Additionally, My City Bikes offers route maps and resources for beginning cyclists with their app for Android and iPhone. Green signs and painted road symbols designate the most popular bikeways in Portland. Mountain bikers will find an ample network of cool trails in Forest Park, a 5,157-acre (2,087 hectares) urban wilderness just 10 minutes from the city center.
You can also grab one of the many bright orange bikes available throughout the city thanks to Portland’s bike share program, Biketown. BYO helmet!