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.
Explore the PSU campus, the gardens in Ladd’s Addition, or the Hawthorne District.
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.
17.787 km / 11.052 mi
197 m / 646 ft
197 m / 646 ft
64 m / 210 ft