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Joe Planner 09-05-2006 10:23 PM

Portland Sights?
I'm planning to lead some new students from out of town on an easy, but interesting, bike ride through NE and SE portland, beginning in downtown. Any suggestions for interesting bike routes, art, things to see along the way? I've been here a year myself, but would hardly consider myself to have that local, insider knowledge. Sights I was going to show include:

Ladd's Addition/circle,
People's Co-op and New Seasons on Division/21st area,
Sunnyside/33rd intersection,
Ankeny bike boulevard

Any other suggestions?... Thanks much!

ds3509 09-06-2006 06:26 AM

Springwater Corridor

thomschoenborn 09-06-2006 07:21 AM

The skate park under the Burnside Bridge.

Eastside Esplanade

"Community Circles" or whatever those crazy painted intersections are called (there's one in Sellwood around, oh, 9th and somethin'.)

Rebuilding Center's cob wall.

jami 09-11-2006 12:56 PM

portland for beginners
some things new students (and you!) should know about in the region you seem to be covering:
-laurelhurst theater on 28th and burnside.
-citybikes on ankeny (yeah, it's getting kicked around in the forums, but it's a great resource for cheap bike stuff).
-powell's on hawthorne.
-pix patisserie on about 28th and division.
-palio coffee shop on ladd's circle.
-laurelhurst park on about 32nd and ankeny.
-mount tabor on about 50th and hawthorne.
-portlandia downtown of course on sw 5th and madison.
-there's a nice memorial to a bicyclist who was killed on se taylor between 28th and 39th somewhere.
-portland's heritage trees are impressive (all over the place).
-bike mural on auto repair shop building on about 40th and hawthorne.
-there's one of those painted community intersections just south of belmont between 28th and 39th somewhere.
-community gardens (all over the place).
-made in oregon sign returning westbound on broadway bridge.
-joan of arc statue in traffic circle on 39th and glisan (not too bike friendly).
-freegeek is in inner southeast somewhere too, though i don't know where or how picturesque it is.

i'm surprised at how little outdoor art i can think of over on our side of the river. we mostly do the nature thing outside i guess.

editrixpdx 09-11-2006 01:37 PM

NE PDX (in no particular order):

Pedestrian-bike overpass over 84 @42nd
Hollywood theater (tres rococo!)
Paulson's Pharmacy at 42nd & Sandy with old-timey fountain drinks (also one at 72nd & Sandy)
Beverly Cleary statues in Grant Pk (@33rd)
Statue in front of the firehouse on Sandy around 57th
CCC mural (22nd & Alberta)
Outdoor art up and down Alberta

And if after all that you have the time and energy, head up to Rocky Butte for fabulous views!

Gimme a mo'; I'll think up mo'.

Climber 09-12-2006 02:15 PM

Nothing says "Portland" better than a hill.

Mt. Tabor is one of the best, with 3 reservoirs, an actual volcano crater, bike-friendly access, and a great view from the top.

An easy ride from Sunnyside via SE Taylor / Salmon to 60th, then just head "up."

Joe Planner 09-12-2006 07:31 PM

Thanks all!
These are all good ideas.. I'm working out a fairly certain route over the weekend, and I'll try to incorporate as many of these great sites as possible. I may skip Mt. Tabor (though I've done it several times myself) because I'm not sure everyone on the tour will have the same ability with regard to fitness and bike equipment (multiple gears and all..).

editrixpdx 09-13-2006 06:27 PM

...then definitely skip Rocky Butte--a much shorter but much steeper ride. Aaaooooooo!

Do try to make it up to NE PDX a bit. It's lovely up here!

huss 11-16-2006 03:31 AM

Mt tabor
I would include Mt tabor, if its too much of a hill just stop at the middle, but the top is such a good view and a nice long down hill to rest.

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