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.
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.
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.
14.425 km / 8.963 mi
107 m / 352 ft
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