Cycle Portland, SIghtseeing & Road Ride, St. Johns Loop
This wonderful ride along Willamette Boulevard, with the working waterfront on one side and quiet residential streets on the other, takes you by parks, the University of Portland campus, and gives you a tour of downtown St. Johns. You’ll experience several elements of Portland’s bike infrastructure that allow you to ride your bike through busy sections of the city without having to tangle with traffic and cross two busy streets on bike/pedestrian bridges.
The two major pedestrian walkways that cross over busy I-5 and North Going Street are excellent examples of early bike/pedestrian infrastructure in the city. The North Going Street Bridge has a steep corkscrew curved path that leads up to a narrow bridge. It can be navigated by bicycle, but if others are present, it may be best to walk your bike along this connection.
The North Failing Street Bridge is wider and straighter. However, the bike path ends directly in front of the stairs on the opposite side and riders must use caution not to overshoot the landing. Children and less-experienced cyclists would be wise to walk their bikes across this bridge. The ride provides wonderful, sweeping views of the city from the campus of the University of Portland and at several other places along the route. There are a couple of parks to stop by and rest or have a picnic.
Terrain Paved streets are smooth with short sections of concrete and cobblestones. Traffic Many quiet bike-friendly residential streets and a couple of heavier traveled main roads. How to Get There By car, take the Broadway Bridge east; left on NE Grand Avenue (becomes Martin Luther King Boulevard) to NE Failing Street. On-street parking. By public transportation, take Bus #6 from downtown Portland to the Failing Street bus stop.
Food and Drink There are several stopping places that provide the opportunity for a bring-your-own picnic or buy-asyou-ride re-fueling at convenience stores, grocery stores, cafés, food carts, and pubs along the route. Side Trip Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Area, the Columbia Slough, Pier Park, Cathedral Park, Kelley Point Park.
23.962 km / 14.889 mi
132 m / 433 ft
132 m / 434 ft
63 m / 208 ft