Architectural Ride

Cycle Portland, Sightseeing Ride, Architectural Ride

Portland has beautiful neighborhoods of interesting homes. The Grant Park neighborhood is full of large homes with manicured lawns and gardens located on wide and winding streets. Houses on the south side of the ride have views of the city. Alameda is a street that runs generally east/west along a 100 foot ridge in the northeast quadrant of Portland where you will find some of the most stately homes in the City.


Smooth, well-maintained streets and paths.


Low-traffic streets and bike paths.


By car, from downtown Portland take the Steel Bridge east, turn right onto NE Oregon Street, left into NE First Avenue, left onto Multnomah Street, left onto NE Wheeler Avenue. Parking available in the Rose Quarter Parking Garage or on-street.

By public transportation, take any Red, Blue, or Green MAX train east to the Rose Quarter TriMet Transit Center MAX station.

Food and Drink

There are many choices for food and drink along the route. Public restrooms can be found at the Pioneer Place Food Court on SW Fifth Avenue and at both Grant and Irving parks.

Side Trips

Interesting buildings of architectural interest include the Armory in downtown Portland, the Alphabet Historic District near Pearl, and the Skidmore/Old Town Historic District near the waterfront.


More Details

Beginning in the Rose Quarter and riding north along NE Williams Avenue, you will be travelling along one of Portland’s most popular bicycle commuting corridors. Many residents of the northeast quadrant commute to work and do their grocery shopping exclusively by bicycle. Along Williams Avenue you will also see many examples of bicycle art. Turn right onto NE Going Street and continue your trip along a popular Neighborhood Greenway – a low-traffic residential street designed as a preferred bicycle route. The houses along these corridors are small and quaint. On the return to downtown Portland, you’ll ride through Grant Park – the perfect place for a picnic under large shade trees. One unique feature of this park is the fountain on NE 33rd Avenue that has three of the beloved Beverly Cleary characters sculptured in bronze – Ramona, Henry, and Ribsy, the dog.

The beautiful sculptures are favorites of children and adults alike. Once you turn onto NE Seventh Avenue the neighborhood houses begin to get smaller as you travel toward the City Center. You’ll ride past Irving Park, another great location for a picnic on top of the small hill dotted with old growth majestic trees. On an autumn day, the grass is blanketed with stunning yellow leaves. Crossing NE Martin Luther King Boulevard to remain on NE Knott Street brings you through the Boise Elliott neighborhood onto NE Vancouver Avenue, another of the well-travelled bicycle commuting corridors and returns you to the Rose Quarter starting point. 


Ride Log

  • 0.0 Begin at the Rose Garden TriMet MAX station and ride north on NE Wheeler St.
  • 0.16 Slight right onto NE Williams St.
  • 1.79 Right onto NE Going St.
  • 2.04 Cross NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd to remain on NE Going St.
  • 2.95 Right onto NE 22nd Ave.
  • 3.25 Left onto NE Alameda St. Remain on Alameda. This road curves several times.
  • 4.92 Right onto NE Wiberg Ln.
  • 5.12 Right onto NE Brazee St.
  • 5.87 Cross NE 36th Ave into Grant Park.
  • 6.17 Exit the park in the middle of the block at NE 33rd Ave and cross onto NE Thompson St.
  • 7.53 Right onto NE Seventh Ave.
  • 7.74 Left onto NE Knott St.
  • 7.88 Jog left at NE Martin Luther King Blvd to remain on NE Knott St.
  • 8.21 Left onto NE Vancouver Ave.
  • 8.76 Road becomes NE Wheeler St. Continue to follow back to Rose Garden TriMet MAX station.
  • 9.1 End ride.
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    14.425 km / 8.963 mi

    Total Distance

    107 m / 352 ft

    Total Ascent

    109 m / 359 ft

    Total Descent

    80 m / 262 ft

    Highest Point

    Ride type:
    Mountain biking
    Road riding
    Kid friendly
    Rail Trail
    Difficulty: Beginner (Green)
    Ride Duration: <1 hr
    Fitness Level: Various
    Shared Bike Path - Paved
    Shared Bike Path - Dirt
    On-Road Bike Lane
    Off-Road - Fire Trail
    Off-Road - Rail Trail
    Off-Road - Single Track
    Off-Road - Downhill
    Mobile Coverage: Excellent
    Estimated Distance: 9.1
    Elevation Gain: 535
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    Bike servicing
    Accessible by bike
    Accessible by car
    Accessible by public transport
    Accessible by shuttle / uber
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