Try these five great bike rides, curated by the City of Portland

PBOT’s Four Parks of East Portland Ride includes a short stretch on this section of the I-84 path.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

Whether you’re just setting out and need help finding the best streets and paths to ride on, or if you’re a wily veteran who needs motivation to visit new parts of town — having a quality route vetted by a knowledgeable person is worth its weight in gold.

That’s why we’re so excited that the venerable Portland Bureau of Transportation has released a list of rides!

The five routes are all loops that take advantage of low-traffic streets, neighborhood greenways, off-street paths and bike lanes. They’ve posted detailed PDFs of each route. The maps are nice, but I thought a GPS link would be even better. So I went ahead and copied the PBOT routes into Ride With GPS so you can load it into your phone or device.

Here are the five routes with PBOT’s description, a link to the map, and a Ride With GPS link:

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The Classic Waterfront Loop Ride

You’ll enjoy a scenic ride along Willamette River trails between the Sellwood and Steel bridges on this classic waterfront loop. START/END: Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade trail behind OMSI (1945 SE Water Ave). 10.6 miles; mostly flat, paved trails.
Map (PDF)
GPS



The Art of Foster Ride

This ride is like a treasure hunt of more than a dozen vibrant murals and street paintings that dot the Foster-Powell area. How many can you spot? START/END: Portland Mercado (7238 SE Foster Rd). 5.6 miles; flat, some paved trails, pedestrian/bike bridge, short sections with bike lanes on busier streets.
Map (PDF)
GPS


Four Parks of East Portland Ride

This ride takes you on a tour of four East Portland parks and features the new HOP Greenway serving the Gateway District. START/END: Gateway Discovery Park (NE 106th Ave and NE Halsey St). 6 miles; flat, some paved trails, short sections with bike lanes on busier streets
Map (PDF)
GPS


North Greeley and Greenways Ride

This 8-mile North Portland ride offers a little bit of everything. Discover Neighborhood Greenways of Albina and Arbor Lodge, the Bryant St bike and pedestrian bridge, enjoy views of the river from Willamette Blvd, and squeal with joy as you ride downhill on the new protected bike lanes on lower Greeley. START/END: DeNorval Unthank Park (N Kerby Ave and N Failing St). 7.8 miles; some hills, sections with bike lanes on busier streets.
Map (PDF)
GPS


SW Multnomah-Vermont Ride

You’ll ride through the heart of the Hillsdale and Multnomah Village business districts, past Gabriel Park, and discover some Neighborhood Greenways in the quaint Maplewood neighborhood on this SW Portland ride. START/END: Hillsdale Library (1525 SW Sunset Blvd). 7.3 miles; some hills, gravel path, bike lanes on busier streets
Map (PDF)
GPS


These super fun routes have me all excited to get out and explore these places. See you out there!

— Jonathan Maus: (503) 706-8804, @jonathan_maus on Twitter and jonathan@bikeportland.org
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PATRICK
PATRICK
1 year ago

I really like this post. I used to ride the Classic Waterfront Loop Ride frequently when I lived in SE, it’s time to do it again. The others are a good excuse to go out and see something new lurking right in my backyard.

Fred
Fred
1 year ago

Re: The Classic Waterfront Loop ride:

Why are cyclists asked to ride on the north sidewalk of the Sellwood Bridge, where they conflict with walkers? The taxpayers paid handsomely for the wonderful ramp that takes you south under the Sellwood Bridge and then right, right, and right to reach the bike lane on the south side of the Sellwood Bridge.

After you’ve crossed the bridge and you reach the light at SE 6th Ave (where the bike lane ends), you go right again, past Tom Dwyer, right again on Umatilla, and right onto the Springwater. It’s a wonderful way to avoid cars AND walkers, and shouldn’t be too hard for anyone to follow.

mikeandlina
mikeandlina
1 year ago
Reply to  Fred

The loop (as shown on this map anyway) is clockwise, North side makes sense.

Marissa
1 year ago

I wanted to thank you for formatting the site for mobile! My aging eyeballs thank you I just started a course in UX design and I was going to redo this site to adapt to mobile as a case study.

Matthew Moore
Matthew Moore
1 year ago

I’ve saved “Art of Foster” to RideWithGPS. Sharing with that platform is so convenient, so I’m glad you use it. Thanks!