Cycle Portland, Sightseeing & Kids Friendly Ride, Water Water Everywhere Fountain Ride
Downtown Portland is a designated Platinum City because bicycling is encouraged here. There are bike lanes, green bike boxes, and traffic signals friendly to cyclists throughout downtown. Automobile traffic is familiar with bicycles “taking the lane” to ride among the cars. This route along both city streets and bike/pedestrian paths will take you where a car cannot. Discover Portland behind the buildings and enjoy beautiful fountains along the way.
Smooth, well-maintained streets, some with train tracks.
Moderate traffic streets through downtown Portland.
By car, park at any downtown garage or find on-street parking. By public transportation, take any TriMet MAX Red or Blue line train to the corner of SW Third Avenue and SW Morrison Street. A very short walk from Pioneer Courthouse Square.
Food and Drink
Lots of choices in downtown Portland for food and drinks. Restrooms are located in Pioneer Place and at Waterfront Park.
Mount Tabor, Rocky Butte, the East Esplanade, Laurelhurst Park, and Washington Park.
Lots of choices in downtown Portland for food and drinks. Restrooms are located in Pioneer Place and at Waterfront Park. Riding up SW Third Avenue, the Ira Keller Fountain occupies an entire city block and is located across from the Keller Auditorium. On a hot summer day this fountain is the perfect place to sit on the rocks and let the spray cool you down. Continue to SW Lincoln Street to enter the Southwest Pedestrian Trail through the concrete barriers mid-way between SW First and SW Fourth avenues. On your immediate left is the Chimney Fountain, a short stack of bricks overflowing with water in the middle of the trail.
Continue further down the trail through Pettigrove City Park (where you’ll find The Dreamer fountain) and up to SW Fourth Avenue and SW Mill Street. This will take you to the South Park Blocks and Portland State University campus. Riding down the Park Blocks you will find several fountains including Rebecca at the Wall across from the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall between SW Main and SW Salmon streets. The fountain includes three small, low drinking basins for dogs. Two blocks down is Director’s Park where you’ll find the Teachers Fountain, a recent addition to the city. All along this ride are bowl fountains, known as Benson Bubblers. These were designed by Simon Benson, a timber baron and the owner of the Benson Hotel located on SW Broadway.
The story goes that when walking the floor of one of his timber mills, he smelled beer on the breath of his workers. When asked they said there were not ready sources for fresh drinking water. To provide an alternative mid-day beverage, Benson installed 20 bowl-shaped fountains throughout the city. The consumption of beer fell by 25 percent after their installation. The Car Wash Fountain is located at SW Fifth and Ankeny streets on your way to Waterfront Park. Here you’ll find Skidmore Fountain, Portland’s oldest piece of public art. One of the most interesting fountains in the city is the Bill Naito Legacy Fountain, but you won’t see it if you visit during Saturday Market as it is located where the vendors set up their tents. Salmon Street Springs is the last fountain before returning to downtown.
6.306 km / 3.919 mi
66 m / 217 ft
66 m / 217 ft
42 m / 139 ft