Cycle Portland, Road Ride, Downtown Portland to the Airport
One of the best ways to convince visitors that Portland welcomes bikes is to show them how to get to and from the Portland airport by bicycle. This is one of the wonderful cities where you can truly leave the automobile behind. Even with a bike fully loaded with panniers packed for faraway lands, this relatively flat ride is a great start or finish to your Portland adventure.
Smooth, paved urban streets and neighborhood greenways with sharrows and/or bike lines on most.
Urban streets with low to moderate traffic; bike boulevards with very low traffic, two very busy intersections.
By car, take SW Sixth Avenue north. The entrance to Union Station is directly ahead after crossing NW Irving Street. On-street parking.
By public transportation, take the TriMet MAX Green line toward Clackamas Town Center; disembark at NW Sixth Avenue and NW Hoyt Street.
Food and Drink
Plentiful restaurants and cafés in downtown Portland, along North Williams Avenue, and at the end of the ride at Portland airport. Restrooms and drinking fountains at Union Station and at Portland airport.
Whitaker Ponds Nature Park, Fernhill Park, canoe the Columbia Slough, and explore the Alberta Arts, historic Mississippi, and the Pearl districts.
From Union Station bike ride up the hill and cross the Broadway Bridge via the sidewalk. Look to the right beyond the railroad tracks and you may see a cargo ship so large that it dwarfs the Steel Bridge. When you take a left onto North Williams Avenue you’ll be riding on a very well-travelled bike commuter route. You are in the northeast quadrant of Portland where the city boasts 25 percent ridership. Don’t be surprised when you take a right onto North Going Street and find even more bicyclists on this neighborhood greenway.
At North Holman Street ride around Fernhill Park on your way to North 42nd Avenue. This is a difficult crossing because of the fork in the road to the left which creates two converging roads of vehicles coming toward you. Thankfully there is relatively light traffic most of the time. The road is rough along this section. With the Columbia Slough (pronounced “slew”) on your right you’ll ride past an industrial park with wide roads and little weekend traffic. Off to the left you will see the airport control tower and you’ll know you are getting close. Turning left onto NE 82nd Avenue may require a box turn to cross safely.
A short distance ahead is NE Airport Way/Frontage Road. Cross all the lanes to turn left toward the airport which is straight ahead. You will see the bike path travels into the lower level of the terminal. Do not go up the access ramp. As you enter the terminal area, bike parking is on your left. There is more bike parking at the other end of the terminal and around the corner from the bike staples, there is a bike stand. The airport has tools if you need to assemble or disassemble your bike. Instructions for borrowing tools are posted on the wall.
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