Cycle Portland, Road Ride, Cully Neighborhood Figure Eight
Three schools with playgrounds, several churches, and one cemetery dot this urban figure eight. Though some of the roads are a little narrow, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy quiet neighborhoods along low-traffic streets. The route has several doglegs which are very common in Portland’s urban streetscape and add interest to the ride. Some of the roads are designated bike-friendly and are marked with sharrows.
Paved streets, mostly flat.
The traffic in this neighborhood can be quite busy on the arterial roadways of Cully Boulevard and Fremont Street, but the residential areas have mostly local traffic that travels slowly.
By car, take the Burnside Bridge east, left onto NE Grand Avenue which becomes NE Martin Luther King Boulevard after a slight turn; right onto NE Fremont Street, left onto NE 42nd Avenue, right onto NE Prescott Street, and the third left will be NE 55th Avenue. On-street parking.
By public transportation, take Bus #75 to Killingsworth and 52nd; walk south on 52nd to Prescott Street.
Food and Drink
There are restrooms and drinking fountains at Wilshire Park. Numerous opportunities for snacks, drinks, and ice cream can be found on Cully Boulevard and Fremont Street.
Be sure to spend some time in the parks and playgrounds along the route.
The Cully neighborhood parks include Sacajawea Park, Rigler Community Garden, and Whitaker Ponds Natural Area. Cully has a smaller amount of parkland per capita than the rest of Portland, but it has several school playgrounds that are used often by neighborhood residents. The Rose City Cemetery is located in the southwest corner of the neighborhood and contains the Japanese Cemetery. Rigler Community Garden provides a community gathering place where both children and adults can garden.
Named for Frank Rigler, a professor who became superintendent of schools in Portland, this school has a very diverse student body. With a large Hispanic population the school offers a two-way Spanish immersion program. The playground that surrounds the school is a popular place for neighborhood children to gather and play.
Harvey School Elementary School
The school was named for Harvey Whitfield Scott who became editor of The Oregonian newspaper in 1865, the same year he passed the bar exam. He was a pioneer and a historian in addition to being a newspaper editor. He was also the brother to Abigail Scott Duniway, a famous suffragette. Mount Scott, an extinct volcano in Happy Valley was named for him, and a statue of Harvey Scott stands at the top of Mount Tabor, another extinct volcano.
Joseph Meek Technical School
This alternative high school offers vocational and academic programs in a small classroom environment. The school is named for Joseph Meek, a trapper, law enforcement officer, and politician who traveled to Oregon in 1840. He was acclaimed as a storyteller and intrepid adventurer during his lifetime and was one of the first to take a wagon train up the Oregon Trail to the Willamette Valley. Joseph Meek witnessed the transformation of the West from a wilderness to organized territory.
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