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:
People's Co-op and New Seasons on Division/21st area,
Ankeny bike boulevard
Any other suggestions?... Thanks much!
The skate park under the Burnside Bridge.
"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.
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.
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'.
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."
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..).
...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!
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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