Cycle Portland, Road Ride, Cully Neighborhood Figure Eight

Three schools with playgrounds, several churches, and one cemetery dot this urban figure eight. Though some of the roads are a little narrow, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy quiet neighborhoods along low-traffic streets. The route has several doglegs which are very common in Portland’s urban streetscape and add interest to the ride. Some of the roads are designated bike-friendly and are marked with sharrows.

Terrain

Paved streets, mostly flat.

Traffic

The traffic in this neighborhood can be quite busy on the arterial roadways of Cully Boulevard and Fremont Street, but the residential areas have mostly local traffic that travels slowly.

Access

By car, take the Burnside Bridge east, left onto NE Grand Avenue which becomes NE Martin Luther King Boulevard after a slight turn; right onto NE Fremont Street, left onto NE 42nd Avenue, right onto NE Prescott Street, and the third left will be NE 55th Avenue. On-street parking.

By public transportation, take Bus #75 to Killingsworth and 52nd; walk south on 52nd to Prescott Street.

Food and Drink

There are restrooms and drinking fountains at Wilshire Park. Numerous opportunities for snacks, drinks, and ice cream can be found on Cully Boulevard and Fremont Street.

Side Trip

Be sure to spend some time in the parks and playgrounds along the route.

 

 

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Cully Neighborhood

The Cully neighborhood parks include Sacajawea Park, Rigler Community Garden, and Whitaker Ponds Natural Area. Cully has a smaller amount of parkland per capita than the rest of Portland, but it has several school playgrounds that are used often by neighborhood residents. The Rose City Cemetery is located in the southwest corner of the neighborhood and contains the Japanese Cemetery. Rigler Community Garden provides a community gathering place where both children and adults can garden.

Rigler School

Named for Frank Rigler, a professor who became superintendent of schools in Portland, this school has a very diverse student body. With a large Hispanic population the school offers a two-way Spanish immersion program. The playground that surrounds the school is a popular place for neighborhood children to gather and play.

Harvey School Elementary School

The school was named for Harvey Whitfield Scott who became editor of The Oregonian newspaper in 1865, the same year he passed the bar exam. He was a pioneer and a historian in addition to being a newspaper editor. He was also the brother to Abigail Scott Duniway, a famous suffragette. Mount Scott, an extinct volcano in Happy Valley was named for him, and a statue of Harvey Scott stands at the top of Mount Tabor, another extinct volcano.

Joseph Meek Technical School

This alternative high school offers vocational and academic programs in a small classroom environment. The school is named for Joseph Meek, a trapper, law enforcement officer, and politician who traveled to Oregon in 1840. He was acclaimed as a storyteller and intrepid adventurer during his lifetime and was one of the first to take a wagon train up the Oregon Trail to the Willamette Valley. Joseph Meek witnessed the transformation of the West from a wilderness to organized territory.

 

Ride Log

  • 0.0 Start at Rigler Elementary School on NE 55th Ave, there is parking available on the street.
  • 0.4 Left onto NE Alberta at Word of Life Community Church; follow the bike sharrows on NE Alberta St.
  • 0.45 Right onto NE 52nd Ave.
  • 0.5 Right onto NE Emerson St.
  • 0.6 Left onto NE 53rd Ave.
  • 0.7 Right onto NE Killingworth St. This is a busy street with a wide bike lane. Pass the Trinity Church and School on the left.
  • 1.0 Right onto NE 60th Ave. This is a narrow road with no bike lane, but cars travel slow.
  • 1.5 Follow NE 60th to the intersection of NE Cully Blvd and NE Prescott St. This intersection has a grocery store, pharmacy, convenience store and other retail stores. Continue through the intersection onto Cully Blvd.
  • 2.4 Left onto NE Fremont at the traffic light. This is a busy intersection; do a box turn if necessary.
  • 2.8 Left onto NE 71st Ave and go past the Calvary Presbyterian Church.
  • 3.3 Continue to Prescott and take a left.
  • 3.5 Pass Harvey Scott Elementary School (has a great playground) and Northeast Baptist Church across from the school.
  • 3.7 Cross over NE Cully Blvd at the traffic light where NE Prescott St and NE Cully Blvd meet.
  • 4.1 Right onto NE 55th Ave and return to Rigler School.
  • 4.4 Continue down NE 55th Ave.
  • 4.6 Left onto NE Alberta St.
  • 4.65 Dogleg left on NE 52nd to remain on NE Alberta St.
  • 4.8 Dogleg left on 47th to remain on NE Alberta St.
  • 5.0 Dogleg left at NE 42nd Ave to remain on NE Alberta St. Joseph Meek Technical High School is on the right.
  • 5.4 Left onto NE 35th Ave.
  • 5.7 Left onto NE Skidmore St at Wilshire Park.
  • 6.1 Cross over NE 42nd Ave.
  • 6.5 At NE 49th Ave make a dogleg left to stay on Skidmore.
  • 6.6 Another dogleg turn at NE 52ndAve to stay on Skidmore.
  • 6.8 Left onto NE 54th Ave. Rigler School is directly across the street from NE 54th.
  • 6.9 Right onto NE Prescott St.
  • 6.95 Immediate left onto NE 55thAve. End ride.
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    11.106 km / 6.901 mi

    Total Distance

    83 m / 273 ft

    Total Ascent

    83 m / 273 ft

    Total Descent

    79 m / 259 ft

    Highest Point

    Ride type:
    Sightseeing
    Mountain biking
    Road riding
    Commuter
    Kid friendly
    Rail Trail
    Difficulty: Beginner (Green)
    Ride Duration: <1 hr
    Fitness Level: Low
    Terrain:
    Shared Bike Path - Paved
    Shared Bike Path - Dirt
    On-Road Bike Lane
    On-Road
    Off-Road - Fire Trail
    Off-Road - Rail Trail
    Off-Road - Single Track
    Off-Road - Downhill
    Mobile Coverage: Excellent
    Estimated Distance: 6.9
    Elevation Gain: 385
    Services:
    Water
    Food
    First Aid
    Toilets
    Bike hire facilities
    Carparking
    Bike servicing
    Accessible by bike
    Accessible by car
    Accessible by public transport
    Accessible by shuttle / uber
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