Cycle Portland, Road Ride, Fernhill Park Ride
Located in the Northeast quadrant of the city this bike ride passes by several parks and through lovely Northeast Portland neighborhoods. You will bike ride on NE Going Street, one of the popular neighborhood greenways also known as bike boulevards, and onto a cycle track, which separates cyclists from the motor vehicles via a raised track. You can also access this ride via several bus routes.
Smooth well-maintained streets. Flat with the highest elevation at 236 feet.
Though some of the streets are well-traveled by automobiles, there are plenty of low-traffic streets that meander through the neighborhoods.
By car, take Burnside Street east across the Burnside Bridge then left onto NE Grand Avenue which becomes NE Martin Luther King Boulevard. Right onto NE Going Street. On-street parking.
By public transportation, take Bus #6 along Martin Luther King Boulevard to the intersection of NE Wygant Street. Walk half a block down to NE Going Street.
Food and Drink
Lots of opportunities to fuel up along N Alberta Street, N Killingsworth, 42nd Avenue, and at the intersection of NE Cully Boulevard and NE Prescott Street. There are restrooms and drinking fountains at Fernhill Park. The wonderfully fragrant Delphenia’s Bakery is on the corner of NE 42nd Avenue and NE Going Street.
Alberta Arts and historic Mississippi Districts, Woodland Park, Columbia Slough wetlands.
Begin by taking the #6 Bus disembarking on NE Martin Luther King Boulevard at NE Going Street. Proceed east along NE Going Street. This route brings you by several urban green spaces. The first park you will come to is Woodlawn Park which is bisected by a wooden bridge and has paved pathways, several shaded park benches, picnic areas, and a playground.
The second park is Alberta Park located along NE Ainsworth Boulevard where the roadway is separated by a landscaped mall. This is the location of a weekly Bike Polo game every Sunday afternoon at 3pm and often on Wednesday evenings. The official city-sanctioned play space is the tennis courts allowing the players to engage in this rough and tumble game on a smooth surface and fenced off from the rest of the park . Players converge on the park, polo mallets in hand, ready to rumble.
After some contentiousness, the city and players worked out an agreement to allow players to bring “adult beverages” to the park as long as they are in covered containers. Fernhill Park is the third park along the route and marks the approximate mid-point of the ride. This large park has tennis courts, a big playground with a popular tire swing, and varying topography that the cyclist can ride by and admire while remaining on the relatively flat road surface. This park is a popular location for high school cross-country track meets because of its hills and dips. There is also a well-favored designated dog park on the far side next to the softball field. On the return trip along NE Going Street two schools have large fields and playgrounds. King School Playground is not a designated park, but is used as such by the neighborhood because of its large field.
King School is also the site of the annual Good in the Hood event and the kick-off parade of Pedalpalooza each June. Another popular playground is located at Rigler Elementary School, and though it is small, the neighborhood children enjoy the play structures there.
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