Cycle Portland, Road Ride, Tour of the Food Carts
While food cart pods abound in Portland, this bike ride will take you to carts voted as the very best in Portland based upon the Willamette Weekly newspaper which each year features the best of Portland according to local residents. A recent count indicated that there are over 500 food carts dotted throughout the city, titled “pod profusion” by the Willamette Weekly newspaper. The variety of food available is staggering.
Smooth, well-maintained streets, with bike lanes and some with train tracks.
Moderate traffic on urban streets through downtown Portland and neighborhoods.
By car, park at any downtown garage or find on-street parking.
By public transportation, take any red or blue line MAX train to the corner of SW Third Avenue and SW Morrison Street. A short walk from Pioneer Courthouse Square.
Food and Drink
This ride is all about finding lots of choices for food and drinks. Restrooms are located in Pioneer Place and at Waterfront Park. Some food cart pods also have facilities.
Downtown St. Johns, Hawthorne District, Belmont District, Historic Mississippi District, and the Alberta Arts District all have interesting food carts, restaurants, and cafés.
Begin downtown where some of the oldest food carts can be found along SW Third Avenue and SW Stark Street. Continue through Old Town and along the waterfront to cross the Steel Bridge. If you are doing this bike ride on the weekend you’ll find a beer garden and food carts at Saturday Market. Once across the bridge you are in the northeast quadrant heading for the historic Mississippi neighborhood. On the corner of NE Skidmore Street and NE Mississippi Avenue you’ll find a popular pod with plenty of bike parking on the street and an ATM in the pod. Picnic tables and tarps overhead make your visit here more comfortable.
Continue through the Mississippi District and onto NE Vancouver Avenue. There are food carts in the parking lot of a dry cleaner establishment at the corner of NE Fremont Street that you will pass on your way to NE Tillamook Street. More food carts greet you at the corner of N Williams Avenue and NE Tillamook Street. At NE 28th Avenue you’ll jog left to pick up US Grant Place. This will take you to the Hollywood District where you’ll cross I-84 via a bike/pedestrian bridge. The switchbacks are a bit narrow so you may want to walk your bike. You are heading for the Belmont District where you’ll find a well-established pod between NE 42nd and NE 44th avenues.
Return along bike-friendly SE Ankeny Street and cross the Hawthorne Bridge. But before you do, a visit to the small food cart on the corner of SE Seventh Avenue and SE Madison Street may be in order just to be served by one of the bikini-clad Baristas. The Hawthorne Bridge, the oldest highway bridge in Portland, is a well-traveled bicycle route to and from downtown Portland. Bicycles travel on the outer edge of the sidewalk and pedestrians on the inside. Take this section slowly as cars, trucks and buses will be speeding past you on the steel bridge deck.
0.0 Begin at the corner of SW Third Ave and SW Morrison St and ride south along SW Third Ave.
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