When I first moved to Portland, everyone asked if I was going to get a bike. My response was a doubtful maybe. After relying on public transportation for most of my adult life, it seemed unnecessary. Seven years later, I’m contemplating which bike to add to my growing two wheeled family and can’t imagine getting around Portland any other way.
The road to year round riding was paved with a stolen bike(later found), scarily inappropriate routes, and an informative lesson about riding on ice. However, despite any obstacles I’ve rode a long way baby. Perhaps not in distance like the dedicated bike tourers, but around town you’ll see me on my commuter bike with the best of them.
One of my favorite afternoon jaunts is the Springwater Corridor. It's an amazing trail. However, If you need a change of scene, Portland’s Bureau of Transportation’s “Best rides around Portland” offers a multitude of route suggestions and maps for local and regional trips. Don’t know the best way to get somewhere? Bike Portland can help you sort out route information from other cyclists on their forums. Looking for detailed maps of your neighborhood? PBOT's resourceful Bike and Walk maps will get you rolling! More of a group rider? Attend one of the many Pedalpalooza rides that take place for three weeks every June. Craving some kindred spirits off the saddle? Look no further than the Filmed by Bike festival held every April.
That’s only the beginning, but before you lock up and put the away the helmet, don’t forget about what the library has to offer. There’s a wide array of books and maps with plenty of routes to keep you spinning around for the whole year. Additionally, our helpful reference staff can assist you in navigating any of the above resources to get you in gear!