Walls of Pride Art Loop

Cycle Portland, Sightseeing & Road Ride, Walls of Pride Art Loop

This short bike ride with minor elevation is designed to provide riders with ample opportunity to enjoy the artscape. Portland’s buildings have many public murals some of which celebrate the vibrant African American community and are known as the Walls of Pride. RACC, the Regional Arts and Culture Council, has funded many wall murals in the City. Other murals are community or neighborhood projects designed to provide public art spaces. Street murals are painted on street intersections as strategies to slow traffic in the neighborhood.

Terrain

Smooth paved urban streets many with bike lanes.

Traffic

Low-traffic streets most of the ride with short sections of moderate traffic on wide streets.

Access

By car, take the Broadway Bridge east, continue onto N Weidler Street; turn right onto NE Martin Luther King Boulevard, left onto NE Multnomah Street, right at the third cross street onto NE Seventh Avenue. Onstreet parking or in one of the parking garages close by.

By public transportation, from downtown Portland take the Blue, Red or Green line east to NE Seventh Avenue TriMet MAX station.

Food and Drink

Plenty of options for food and drinks along the ride route.

Side Trips

Explore the Alberta Arts District or the historic Mississippi District, both teeming with art galleries, restaurants, and small shops.

 

More Details

Ride south along NE Seventh Avenue, cross I-84 via NE 12th Avenue. Turn from NE Irving Street to NE 24th Avenue where you will find the first murals along NE Everett, Davis, and Flanders streets. This is a very creative section of the city and several of the small shops have taken advantage of blank walls that front onto parking lots to create lively art spaces. This neighborhood is worth a walk-around to visit some of the small shops and restaurants.

The corner of NE Glison Street and NE 24th Avenue has a very colorful building with ample bicycle parking out front and a terrific mural of Cuban culture. Before leaving this area you will encounter one of the street intersection murals with a bright yellow sun pattern. Travel north through residential neighborhoods to the far end of this route to find an abundance of wall murals in the Alberta Arts District. As you ride, keep an eye open for bicycle art that is exhibited in many of the neighborhood yards.

Along narrow Alberta Street several buildings have murals painted in vibrant colors. The route is designed to keep you off the busiest streets and still bring you past many of the painted murals that grace the sides of buildings. Riding back to the starting point will bring you along popular bicycle traffic corridors and several other wall murals. 

 

Ride Log

  • 0.0 Begin at the Seventh Ave TriMet MAX station on the corner of NE Seventh Ave and NE Holladay St; ride south.
  • 0.17 Left onto NE Lloyd Blvd.
  • 0.43 Right onto NE 12th Ave.
  • 0.52 Left onto NE Irving St.
  • 1.1 Right onto NE 24th Ave.
  • 1.3 Left onto NE Flanders St.
  • 1.5 Right onto NE 29th Ave.
  • 1.6 Right onto NE Davis St then right onto NE 28th Ave.
  • 1.7 Left onto NE Everett St.
  • 1.9 Right onto NE 24th Ave.
  • 2.2 Left onto NE Oregon St.
  • 2.3 Right onto NE 22nd Ave then left onto NE Pacific St.
  • 2.4 Right onto NE 21st Ave.
  • 2.9 Right onto NE Hancock St.
  • 3.4 Left onto NE 30th Ave then right onto NE Tillamook St.
  • 3.5 Left onto NE 32nd Ave.
  • 4.2 Left onto NE Klickitat St.
  • 4.9 Right onto NE 17th Ave.
  • 5.5 Jog right at NE Prescott St to remain on NE 17th Ave. 
  • 5.6 Right onto NE Going St.
  • 6.2 Left onto NE 29th Ave.
  • 6.4 Left onto NE Alberta St.
  • 6.7 Right onto NE 22nd Ave.
  • 6.8 Left onto NE Sumner St.
  • 7.0 Left onto NE 18th Ave and cross NE Alberta St.
  • 7.1 Right into alley way behind buildings fronting on NE Alberta St then right onto NE 17th Ave.
  • 7.4 Left onto NE Killingsworth St.
  • 8.2 Left onto NE Mallory Ave.
  • 8.6 Left onto NE Going St.
  • 8.8 Right onto NE Sixth Ave.
  • 9.3 Left onto NE Beech St. then right onto NE Seventh Ave.
  • 10.7 Return to corner of NE Seventh Ave and NE Holladay St. End ride.
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    17.006 km / 10.567 mi

    Total Distance

    130 m / 427 ft

    Total Ascent

    130 m / 428 ft

    Total Descent

    73 m / 241 ft

    Highest Point

    Ride type:
    Sightseeing
    Mountain biking
    Road riding
    Commuter
    Kid friendly
    Rail Trail
    Gravel
    Various
    Difficulty: Beginner (Green)
    Ride Duration: 1-2 hrs
    Fitness Level: Low
    Terrain:
    Shared Bike Path - Paved
    Shared Bike Path - Dirt
    On-Road Bike Lane
    On-Road
    Off-Road - Fire Trail
    Off-Road - Rail Trail
    Off-Road - Single Track
    Off-Road - Downhill
    Mobile Coverage: Excellent
    Estimated Distance: 10.7
    Elevation Gain: 540
    Services:
    Water
    Food
    First Aid
    Toilets
    Bike hire
    Carparking
    Bike servicing
    Accessible by bike
    Accessible by car
    Accessible by public transport
    Accessible by shuttle / uber
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