Cycle Portland, Sightseeing Ride, Public Art Ride
Loop around the city to experience the beauty and culture of Portland through the lens of public art installations. Do not judge this route strictly on distance or elevation. The challenge of this bike ride is in seeking out art in our midst. There are many, many examples of public outdoor art in Portland and this short bike ride is a quick introduction to just a few.
Smooth, paved, urban streets with bike lanes and bike/ pedestrian paths. One short section of on-street train tracks.
Urban traffic on streets. Bridge crossings made safer with bike-designated paths.
By car, from Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland, travel north on SW Sixth Avenue. This road will put you directly in front of Union Station where the ride begins. On-street parking.
By public transportation, take the TriMet MAX Green line toward Clackamas Town Center to the corner of NW Sixth Avenue and NW Hoyt Street. Easily accessible by foot from Pioneer Courthouse Square by walking down SW Sixth Avenue (becomes NW Sixth Avenue after crossing Burnside Street).
Food and Drink
Readily available at copious places along the ride.
Do the Public Art Walking Tour in downtown Portland, visit the Portland Art Museum, the Museum of Art and Craft. Monthly art-centered events include First Thursday in the Pearl District and Last Thursday in the Alberta Arts District.
Begin at Union Station and bike ride the short distance to Jamison Square. Here you’ll find “Tikitotemoniki Totems” along NW 11th Avenue. Artist Kenny Scharf built these 30-foot totems to show that art should be fun. The next stop is SW 13th Avenue just after crossing Burnside Street. The “People’s Bike Library of Portland,” a wonderful collection of bicycles locked around a pole and topped with a small golden bicycle.
This sculpture was erected by artists Brian Borrello and Vanessa Renwick in collaboration with Zoobomb , and is a celebration of Portland’s bike culture. Travel up the SW 13th Avenue hill and find the Outside In building mural that was created by Debra Beers in collaboration with homeless youth. Continue through downtown Portland along SW Madison Street and stop for a peek at “Portlandia” perched above the entrance of the Portland Building on SW Fifth Avenue.
This, the second largest copper statue in the United States (after the Statue of Liberty), was created by Raymond Kaskey in 1985. After crossing the Hawthorne Bridge, where you’ll bike ride on the sidewalk, stop at the Multnomah County Building to appreciate the bronze sculpture by Wayne Chabre titled “Connections.” Being located in a heavily travelled area of town, this art installation is often overlooked and deserves a closer view. The Franz Bakery spinning loaf of bread is an example of commercial kitsch on NW 12th Avenue, which you will pass on your way to the Rose Quarter. Here you’ll find “The Little Prince,” an enormous crown in front of the Rose Garden Arena by Ilan Averbuch.
After returning to the west side via the Steel Bridge you’ll encounter “Friendship Circle” by Lee Kelly and Michael Stirling which commemorates the friendship between Portland and our sister city, Sapporo, Japan. Continue along the Waterfront Bike Trail and ride through the Old Town section past Chinatown streets on your way back to Union Station.
11.25 km / 6.991 mi
123 m / 404 ft
123 m / 404 ft
47 m / 154 ft