Portland: A biking city for all seasons


Commuters on Portland’s Hawthorne Bridge

Portland has a well-deserved reputation as one of the best cities for bicycling in the United States. Thanks to significant efforts on the part of the city and bicycle advocacy groups, people in Portland are able to enjoy extensive bike lanes throughout downtown, and even in many residential areas of Portland, as well as miles and miles of bike paths that run along the river, and through parks in the Portland area.

As a student, I have found biking to be a great way to get around the city. Not only is biking a great way to commute to campus, it’s also a fantastic way to explore the city. Portland’s relatively compact size means that you can easily get to and from places in the central part of the city in 10 minutes or less by bicycle. Portland’s various public transportation options also allow for bringing bikes with you (you can carry them on board trains, or place them on the front rack of buses), which is a convenient way to travel farther than you might want to on your bike alone, or sometimes just a good way to avoid riding your bike in the rain. For more information on Portland’s public transportation options, see our recent post here.


Stopping for a photo break on the Ross Island Bridge

Portland also has some great bicycling events, one of which just took place last weekend. The Providence Bridge Pedal is an annual event where the city closes off many roads and bridges to car traffic, and instead opens them up to thousands of cyclists who can freely ride one of several routes across Portland’s iconic bridges. This year’s Bridge Pedal drew more than 18,000 participants, including many families and others looking for a relaxing way to tour the city’s bridges and waterfront. The Bridge Pedal takes place every year in the summer, so keep an eye out for more information next year on how you can participate!

Joshua Thorpe

mail.google.comJosh is a full-time student in the Master of International Management program.  After graduating from the University of Oregon with a degree in Japanese, he taught English in Tokyo for 3 years, before moving to China and teaching at a university in the city of Zhengzhou.  Inspired by his experiences in Japan and China, he was drawn to the MIM program because of its regional focus on Asia, as well as for Portland State University’s reputation as a leader in the field of sustainable business. He is studying Chinese in the MIM program, but tries to keep up his Japanese whenever he can.


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