Summer Guide: Bike rides
Whether you're a veteran bicyclist or a newbie, Portland is a great place to bike during the summer -- so grab your helmet, and let's ride!
The easiest place to start is the Esplanade -- enter it on the east side and bike a loop all the way down to the Tilikum Crossing, bike along the west side, and loop over the Steel Bridge to get back to the east side.
If you'd like to get your whole family involved, Sunday Parkways are the easiest and safest way to do just that. Miles and miles of neighborhood streets usually open to car traffic are shut down for most of the day, as thousands of cyclists hit the road. You'll find food trucks, giveaways and games along the route. Check out the City of Portland's website for this summer's schedule.
The City of Portland also has a list of 9 long rides on their site that encompass much of the city - though you should thoroughly research them before you head out.
You could also bring your bike with you on the $5 Columbia Gorge Express bus to Multnomah Falls, and then take a 17-mile bike trip out to Cascade Locks. Here are the directions for the ride, and here's a link to the Gorge bus.
KATU's Dave Salesky, an avid cyclist, recommends the following events:
Seattle to Portland - a 200-mile bike ride, the biggest in the Northwest!
Portland Century - three courses ranging from 60 miles to 100 miles