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.
Smooth paved urban streets many with bike lanes.
Low-traffic streets most of the ride with short sections of moderate traffic on wide streets.
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.
Explore the Alberta Arts District or the historic Mississippi District, both teeming with art galleries, restaurants, and small shops.
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.
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