In the number one bike tourism state of Oregon, Portland has a lot to offer every biker. From hammering up hills or taking a mid-cruise dip in a river, Portland biking frenzy knows no limit. The city has a breath-taking 350 miles of bikeways, and those are sure to tickle any biker’s fancy. Let us find out the 3 best routes for biking in Portland.
1. Marine Drive: Little of Nature and a Little Bit of Industry
To keep it flat and mellow, you can make a bike ride to Marine Drive, situated on the south shore of the Columbia River. A major part of this 20-mile route from Kelley Point Park (in the west) to Troutdale Park (in the east) is a multi-use and paved path. This wide and flat path will allow you to meet all types of winged creatures such as bald eagles and great blue herons while passing through the Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Area and their aluminium counterparts past the airport.
You can further relax at sandy Broughton Beach Columbia on warmer days or cool off at Blue Lake Regional Park. Once you reach Troutdale, cherish some miso-caramel-drizzled soft serve at Sugarpine Drive-In. It will energize you for the trip back to Kelly Point Park.
2. Willamette River Loop: Trip to the Hills
Are you geared up to take a compact 30-mile ride through the Willamette River Loop? Are you geared up for 1,700 feet climbing? The Willamette River Loop goes south into Milwaukie along the Springwater Corridor through Sellwood. There, you will find the car-free trolley trail to Gladstone. While swinging through Oregon City, you can pay a visit to Feckin Brewery. Continue your journey by hugging the Willamette again on a sylvan low-traffic stretch called Old River Road.
This road will lead you to the more stressful patch of the day, downtown lake, Oswego. Immediately after, you will take a 3 mile climb through Tryon Creek State Natural Area and a bike lane of gently rolling Terwilliger. Finally, you will stop at the Salmon Street Springs fountain downtown for some spritz. Quite a bike ride indeed!
3. Crown-Zellerbach Trail: Taking the Gravel Route
The car-free, twenty-three mile Crown-Zellerbach Trail follows an abandoned logging road from Scappoose to Vernonia. If one is driving to the trailhead, he/she should look for the main parking area. The journey, in the beginning, will make your encounter with broken pavement. This pavement further falls to gravel double track while cutting through the forest. Then, you will reach the foothills of the Coast Range and climb up.
The Biking Culture of Portland
Portland has miles of protected bike lanes, and many of the lanes that are beautified with special designs. Portland’s Sunday Parkways Event was started in 2008, inspired by Bogotá, Colombia’s weekly event where streets are closed to cars and opened to people. This measure is taken to allow the residents to bike, walk or skate across the city without disturbance.
Sunday Parkways is an annual event series held one Sunday a month from May to September. This is great for riders across all skill levels. The event of community rides further allows the cyclists to explore the neighborhoods that constitute the heart of the city. If you are a resident of Portland or planning to visit the city soon, do not forget to experience some great rides. Of course, the city is also known for its famous breweries. How about a refreshing beer after a great ride?