Portland is the bicycle capital of the United States. Exploring the city by bike has nearly become a must-do for visitors. Beyond the many bike lanes and plenty of bike events, Portland’s friendly attitude towards biking has become part of the culture. Locals don’t just ride bikes as a mode of transportation or as recreation. It’s a way of life.
Pedalpalooza is two-and-a-half weeks of bike fun. It’s THE festival of Portland’s bike community. In 2010, almost 300 bike events were organized by Portland bike riders. Most of the events are themed bike tours, like a Chocolate Ride, Tutu Food Card Ride, Cowboy ride, etc.
Sunday Parkways is a series of free events opening the city's largest public space - its streets - to walk, bike, roll and discover active transportation without having to watch for cars. The 6.4-mile NW/Downtown Portland Sunday Parkways route usually has two loops, connecting Downtown, Old Town Chinatown, Pearl District and Northwest neighborhoods. Activities, food, and entertainment are in Shemanski Square, Wallace, Couch, Waterfront Parks, plus along the route. It is a wonderful event and we encourage everyone to participate.
Ride a 16 inch wheel bike down multiple routes over and over while keeping track of your mileage. First one to 100 miles wins! Non racers hang out all day on the hill BBQing and cheering on their favorite competitor. Fashion is also one of the highlights: riders often dress up in costume or decorate their bikes.
Bridge Pedal has been providing bicyclists with the unique opportunity to view the city from atop the Portland bridges. The course is closed off from traffic, allowing bikers and hikers to rule the road.
At the hostel:
Rent a multi-speed bike through North Portland Bike Works. Helmets and locks are provided.
Price: $20 per day and $15 for every additional day.
Other bike rental places within walking distance to the hostel are:
Pedal Bike Tours has a great selection of city bikes, road bikes, tandems, kids bikes, trailers, and tagalongs. They are located right in downtown, 2 blocks from the riverfront bike paths. Combine your rental with a tour. You'll receive a 10% discount as a Hostelling International member! 133 SW 2nd Ave.
Pick from brand new hybrids, recycled and restored classic cruisers, or road and mountain bikes for terrain specific riding. 345 NW Everett St.
At the hostel, we have an outdoor bike rack as well as a bike storage room for your bike.
The Travel Portland Visitor Center at Pioneer Courthouse Square in Downtown has free bike maps for the greater Portland metro area.