Portland State University to Ladd’s Addition

Cycle Portland, Road Ride, Portland State University to Ladd’s Addition

Highlighting the bicycle infrastructure in Portland, this bike ride is a great introduction to the commitment the city has made to become a world-class bicycling community. Portland State University’s Initiative for Bicycling and Pedestrian Innovation is a center for research focused on bicycle and pedestrian travel.


Smooth well-maintained streets.


Urban, bicycle-friendly streets.


By car and public transportation, begin in downtown Portland on the corner of SW Harrison Street and SW Sixth Avenue, 11 short blocks southwest of Pioneer Courthouse Square. Park in one of the numerous parking stations, or on-street.

Food and Drink

There are restrooms and drinking fountains at Portland State University at the Saturday Farmers Market and numerous restaurants and cafés along the route.

Side Trip

Explore the PSU campus, the gardens in Ladd’s Addition, or the Hawthorne District.


More Details

Begin this bike ride at the heart of Portland State University on the corner of SW Harrison Street and SW Sixth Avenue. There is ample bike parking here. The route will take you down the hill to the river front and over the Hawthorne Bridge, which has over 6,000 bike commuters on a normal business day. To the north you’ll see why Portland is known as the City of Bridges. Down Hawthorne Boulevard are the first examples of how the city has prioritized bicycles with green bike boxes at intersections. Several of the intersections along Harrison Street have specific treatments that allow bicyclists to access roadways that prohibit motorized vehicles.

At busy intersections there are bike/pedestrian walk signals to assist in safe crossing. And one especially useful street marking is the designated left-turn lanes for bicycles only. Of course bike lanes are painted on many city streets and this ride will take you on several. As you come to the traffic light at the intersection of NE Lombard Street and Broadway, after crossing the Broadway Bridge, notice the traffic signals. There are signals specific to cars, to bikes, and to the streetcar. This type of infrastructure allows for a variety of road use even at wide and busy intersections such as this one. 


Ride Log

  • 0.0 Begin at the corner of SW Harrison St and SW Sixth Ave and ride down the hill toward the river.
  • 0.2 Left onto SW Fourth Ave.
  • 0.5 Right onto SW Madison St and cross the Hawthorne Bridge ahead.
  • 1.7 Right onto SE Ladd Ave.
  • 2.1 Enter Ladd’s Circle, ride half way around and take fifth right onto SE Harrison St.
  • 2.2 Enter rose garden; ride half way around to continue on SE Harrison St.
  • 2.9 Continue on SE Harrison St which becomes SE Lincoln St through the diverter.
  • 3.1 Right onto SE 34th Ave.
  • 3.4 Left onto SE Clinton St. 3.9 Left onto SE 41st Ave.
  • 4.1 Left onto SE Taylor St.
  • 5.0 Right onto SE 36th Ave.
  • 5.1 Left onto SE Yamhill St then right onto SE 35th Ave.
  • 5.2 Right onto SE Belmont St.
  • 5.6 Left onto SE 42nd Ave then left onto SE Morrison St.
  • 5.7 Right onto SE 41st Ave and dog leg right at SE Stark St to remain on SE 41st Ave.
  • 6.2 Left onto SE Glisan St.
  • 7.3 Right onto NE 24th Ave.
  • 7.5 Left onto NE Oregon St.
  • 7.6 Right onto NE 21st Ave.
  • 8.1 Left onto NE Broadway.
  • 11.2 Return to Portland State University. End ride.
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    17.787 km / 11.052 mi

    Total Distance

    197 m / 646 ft

    Total Ascent

    197 m / 646 ft

    Total Descent

    64 m / 210 ft

    Highest Point

    Ride type:
    Mountain biking
    Road riding
    Kid friendly
    Rail Trail
    Difficulty: Beginner (Green)
    Ride Duration: 1-2 hrs
    Fitness Level: Low
    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: 11.2
    Elevation Gain: 665
    First Aid
    Bike hire
    Bike servicing
    Accessible by bike
    Accessible by car
    Accessible by public transport
    Accessible by shuttle / uber
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