Pump up your tires and grease that chain: May is National Bike Month! Bike-sharing networks make exploring your city as easy as, well… riding a bike. Combine the convenience of cycles-on-demand with the power of the Yelp app’s 148 million local reviews, and you’ve got everything you need to create the cyclists’ ultimate itinerary. Join us all month long as we explore some of America’s most bike-friendly cities, one station at a time. First up? Portland, Oregon by way of BIKETOWN!
Top 5 BIKETOWN Stations (Westside)
- SW Salmon at Waterfront Park – Nearby Tom McCall Waterfront Park is home to beloved PDX traditions like the Waterfront Blues Festival and Oregon Brewers Festival. Impressive in its own right is Mill Ends Park, commonly known to be the smallest park in the world! And don’t let its office tower setting fool you; Farm House Cafe serves up fresh sandwiches, salads, and soups to worker bees and tourists alike!
- SW Moody at Aerial Tram Terminal – Though mostly used by the students and staff at OHSU, there’s still plenty at this stop for the rest of us! The panoramic views from the Portland Aerial Tram are second-to-none, and as the largest car-free bridge in the United States, Tilikum Crossing is an architectural beauty that demands to be seen! And if you’re thirsty or need to grab a quick bite, pop into Elephants Delicatessen, one of the many locations of this PDX institution!
- SW River at Montgomery – The Perfect stop for patio season! Treat yourself to an horchata affogat0 from Kiosko, and then stroll down the walkway to pick your favorite spot to sit in the sun and watch the world pass you by. One idea? Enjoy small plates and house wine during happy hour at Il Terrazzo, a sidewalk with a perfect view of the Riverplace Marina, the Hawthorne Bridge, and (on a sunny day) Mount Hood!
- NW 13th at Marshall – This station is a must-stop for beer fans. BridgePort Brewing Company claims to be “Oregon’s Oldest Craft Brewery” and their brew pub is just across the street from this station! If you’re on the hunt for a different type of buzz, you’re a few easy steps away from both Sisters Coffee Company and Nossa Familia Coffee!
- SW Naito at Ankeny Plaza – Whether you’re looking for the cherry blossoms in the Japanese American Historical Plaza or the iconic neon glow of the Portland Oregon White Stag Sign, this stop has all your selfie needs covered! And if you find yourself here on a weekend, lock up your bike and browse the arts, crafts, bites, and sights of the Portland Saturday Market!
Top 5 BIKETOWN Stations (Eastside)
- SE Ladd at Hawthorne – It might not get more SE Portland than this. For breakfast enjoy epic nova lox on toast from Upper Left Roasters or vegan French toast and a bloody mary from Juniors Cafe. For lunch, celebrate excess with Korean pork shoulder sandwich and dirty fries from Lardo or a fresh, local, and sustainable twist on fast food classics from the iconic Pacific Northwest chain, Burgerville. For dinner, hang by the fire at Cartopia, while you and your crew pick from favorite food carts like Kim Jong Grillin’, Bottle Rocket, and Pyro Pizza.
- SE Clay at Water – The southern starting point for exploring the Eastbank Esplanade, this stop is also conveniently located right beside the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. Recharge at Cooper’s Coffee and you’re just a quick ride away from foodie favorites like Sushi Mazi and Stacked Sandwich Shop!
- SE 9th at Belmont – Drink up, Portland! This stop is within a stone’s throw of Cascade Brewing Barrel House, Shilling Cider House, and the Modern Times Belmont Fermentorium. If you wanna take your local brews to go, head just around the corner to The Growler Guys!
- SE 7th at Burnside – Cheap eats mingle with foodie favorites, all within a block of this stop. Foodies know and love Le Pigeon, and their new sister restaurant Canard has just opened up right next door! Sizzle Pie serves pizza for vegans and carnivores alike, late into the night. Nong’s Khao Man Gai and Tokyo import Marukin Ramen are lunchtime favorites. And don’t miss the newest location of Tea Chai Te, which serves over organic and fair-trade teas, plus Happy Mountain Kombucha!
- N Mississippi at Beech – There’s plenty to eat, drink, and do in the trendy N Mississippi corridor. For an unforgettable first meal, try Gravy or Radar. If you’re searching for that picture-perfect treat, Blue Star and Ruby Jewel have you covered. Want to drink up some beers and some sunshine? Try the epic patios at Stormbreaker Brewing and bar bar. And impress your dinner date with the Pacific Northwest-inspired cuisine at Quaintrelle!
About our Partner
BIKETOWN is Portland’s bike share system, launching in July 2016 with 1,000 bikes and more than 100 hubs. It’s a fun, affordable and convenient way to get around Portland – perfect for commuting, spontaneous trips, or for exploring the area. With sturdy, durable bikes that can be locked into a network of hubs throughout the city, BIKETOWN is ideal for one-way trips. People can use BIKETOWN to commute to work or school, run errands, get to appointments or social engagements, and more. BIKETOWN is available for use 24 hours/day, 7 days/week, 365 days/year for a year-round healthy and environmentally-friendly transportation option.