Cycle Portland, Sightseeing & Road Ride, Tri-Park Trip
The neighborhoods on the east side of the city have been upgraded to provide bike-friendly infrastructure and encourage low-traffic streets. Many of the streets have way-finding signs for cyclists, arrows painted on the streets, and traffic signals for easy crossing of busy intersections. Beginning at Laurelhurst Park, one of the largest and most popular parks in Portland, this route will take you along many of the streets that provide safe travel for cyclists.
Smooth, well-maintained streets with sharrows and bike lanes.
By car, take the Morrison Bridge east; first left onto SE Grand Avenue; right onto SE Stark Street; left onto SE 37th Avenue. On-street parking.
By public transportation, take Bus #15 to SE Belmont Street and SE 37th Avenue, stop #425.
Food and Drink
There are restrooms and drinking fountains at Laurelhurst and Colonal Summers parks.
Oaks Amusement Park, Hawthorne and Belmont Districts, downtown Sellwood, Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden.
Laurelhurst Park is a great place to being this journey. The park is 31 acres of year-round fun. It includes a pond, a basketball court, a dog off-leash area, horseshoe pit, picnic sites, a playground, a soccer field, tennis courts, and a volleyball court. The large grassy fields are very popular places on warm Sunday afternoons for family picnics, and the pathways are filled with children and adults riding their bikes.
From Laurelhurst Park, begin the loop around southeast Portland and come to Colonel Summer City Park at SE 17th Avenue and SE Taylor Street. This six acre park tucked into the residential neighborhood has similar features to Laurelhurst Park but not as much expanse. Continue along your ride to Sewallcrest Park at SE 31st Avenue and SE Market Street. Also a small park in a residential neighborhood, this park is a good choice to stop for a snack, to let your dog run in the off-leash section, and enjoy lying back on the grass for a few moments before continuing your journey.
End your ride by taking a spin around Laurelhurst Park where you can enjoy the large shade trees, and the abundance of rhododendrons growing along the pathways.
9.997 km / 6.212 mi
84 m / 277 ft
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