Despite Portland’s reputation as a rainy city, the weather remains fairly mild year-round. Portlanders who bike-commute, or ride regularly do so in just about any weather. There are wide bike lanes on major streets throughout the city (including some areas painted bright green to alert cars about where bikes can be), and bike lanes crossing nearly every bridge (including the I-205 bridge crossing the Columbia River between Oregon and Washington).
In addition to the utilitarian aspects of using a bike to commute to work or school in Portland, or just cycling as your main mode of transportation, there are also fun bike-centric events in the city. Each year 10 city bridges get shut down to cars for part of a day for the Bridge Pedal, when cyclists can cross all the bridges (including many that are usually off-limits to bikes). May is Bike Month in Portland, during which there are a series of “bike breakfasts” at different points in the city, where you can get free coffee and a pastry if you arrive on a bike. And of course there’s Portland’s Naked Bike Ride, which brings out the quirky side of the city.
There are lots of places to rent a bike in Portland if you’d like to experience the city from your own set of two wheels. Bike rental shops are located throughout the city, so inquire at your hotel to see which might be closest to you. Some hotels also loan bikes to guests. And if you’d rather not worry about navigating while you explore, then sign up for one of the many Portland by bike guided tours. You can tour downtown Portland by bike, go on a theme tour from brewery to brewery by bike, or make a longer day of it with a bike tour in the nearby Willamette Valley wine region or the Columbia River Gorge.
Tours & Tickets
Travel from Portland to the Columbia River Gorge for a fun biking and hiking adventure! Soak in this beautiful Pacific Northwest landscape as you follow your ... Read more
Location: Portland, Oregon
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)