Explore Portland on two wheels – renting a bike is the best way to see the city!
Biking in Portland
Portland is a city that’s as celebrated for its microbreweries, coffeehouses and thriving art and music scenes as it is for its parks, bridges and bike paths. With that in mind, the best way to explore this eco-conscious city is by bike.
BIKETOWN is a great option for most people – we'll explain how bike sharing works below and also share a few options for traditional bike rental, in case that works better for your needs.
Bike share is similar to bike rental, but with a few distinct advantages. It consists of a fleet of specially designed, sturdy and durable bikes that are locked into a network of docking stations throughout the city.
The bikes can be unlocked from one station and returned to any other station in the system, making bike share ideal for one-way rides and getting from Point A to Point B. You can also use it to take a longer round-trip ride – just like traditional bike rental – if you want to explore a particular area, such as the waterfront or Laurelhurst Park.
Visit the How It Works page on our website to learn more about bike share.
BIKETOWN is Portland’s official bike share program, designed to give residents and visitors a fun, affordable and convenient alternative to walking, taxis, buses and the MAX light rail. There are 100 stations and 1,000 bikes across Portland, making BIKETOWN the most accessible way to get around and explore.
To use BIKETOWN, join as an Annual Member or buy a Day Pass through the website or mobile app. You’ll get access to all bikes in the system, and you can take as many rides as you want while your membership or pass is active.
The Annual Membership includes 90 minutes of riding time per day and the Day Pass includes 180 minutes of riding time in a 24-hour period. If you want to ride for longer, it's just an extra 10 cents per minute (or $6 per hour), which is very competitive with traditional bike rental.
If you plan to ride with children under 18 years old, or you’re looking for a specific type of bicycle or a guided tour, traditional bike rental would be your best bet.
Prices: Starting at $10 for one hour Options: City bikes, road bikes, tandem bikes, kids bikes or tagalongs; plus trailers available Rental Length: 1 hour, 24 hours (+ extra days), or weekly Hours: Daily 9 AM to 6 PM Includes: Helmet and lock; plus free on request: maps, emergency kit, SPD compatible pedals, and lights for night riding Pickup & Drop-off Location: 133 SW 2nd Ave, Portland Special Offer: 20% Off all guided tours when you ride BIKETOWN. *Helmet rental: Yes, $5 per day https://pedalbiketours.com
2. Cycle Portland
Prices: Starting at $5 for one hour Options: Single speed, multi-speed hybrids, road bikes, and e-bikes; plus trailers and racks available Rental Length: 1 hour, 24 hours, 2 days, 3 days or weekly Hours: Daily 9 AM to 6 PM Includes: Helmet, lock and map Pickup & Drop-off Location: 117 NW 2nd Avenue, Portland *Helmet rental: Yes, $5 per day https://www.portlandbicycletours.com
3. Everybody’s Bike Rentals and Tours
Prices: Starting at $8 for one hour Options: City, vintage road, modern road and touring road bikes; baby trailers and tagalong attachments available Rental Length: 1 hour, 24 hours, 2 days, 3 days, weekly or monthly Includes: Helmet, lock and map Pickup & Drop-off Locations: 305 NE Wygant Street, Portland http://www.pdxbikerentals.com
4. Waterfront Bikes
Prices: Starting at $9 for one hour Options: Comfort/hybrid, road, full suspension mountain, touring, tandem bicycles; plus children’s bikes and trailers Rental Length: Hourly, daily or weekly Hours: Daily 10 AM to 6 PM Includes: Helmet, lock, map, handlebar bag, and light for night riding Pickup & Drop-off Location: 10 SW Ash Street #100, Portland http://www.waterfrontbikes.com
5. PSU Bike Hub
Prices: Starting at $20 for a half day Options: E-bikes, city bikes, road bikes Rental Length: Half day, full day, weekend or weekly Hours: M-F 8am to 6pm, 10am to 4pm on Saturdays, Closed on Sundays Includes: Helmet, lock, maps and lights for night riding Pickup & Drop-off Location: 1818 SW 6th Ave. https://www.pdx.edu/bikehub/daily-weekly-rentals
6. Kerr Bikes
Prices: Starting at $10 for one hour, but splitting larger bikes is cheaper Options: City, baby trailers, Choppers, Quads, Single and Double Surreys Rental Length: 1 hour, 4 hours, 24 hours, 2 days, 3 days, weekly Includes: Helmet, lock and map Pickup & Drop-off Locations: Tom McCall Waterfront Park & OMSI *Helmet rental: Yes Hours: Various (see website for details) www.kerrbikes.org
7. Holy Spokes
Prices: $20 / 4hrs - $35 / day - $100 / week Options: Hybrid / City bikes Rental Length: 4hrs, 24 hrs, week Includes: Helmet, lock, lights, map Pickup & Drop-off Locations: 3070 SE Division St *Helmet rental: Yes, $5 per day www.holyspokespdx.bike
8. Pedego Electric Bikes of Portland
Pedal bikes: $7/hr - $25 per day, overnight rentals available Electric road bikes: $20/hr - $100 per day – 24hr rental available Electric mountain bikes: $30/hr - $125 per day – 24hr rental available Rental length: Call for weekly rates & special requests Pick up / drop off: 412 SW 2nd Ave. (across from Mother's Bistro ) Special Offer: Mention BIKETOWN - for $10 off all day rentals https://www.pedegoelectricbikes.com/dealers/portland/
9. Clever Cycles
Prices: Starting at $30 per day Options: Brompton folding bikes, cargo bikes Rental Length: Same-day, 2 days, 3 days, weekly or monthly Includes: Helmet, lock, lights, bell and map Pickup & Drop-off Locations: 900 SE Hawthorne Blvd *Helmet rental: Yes, $5 per day Clevercycles.com (reserve online)
10. GenZe Electric Bikes
Prices: $35/day, $100/wk, $350/mo. Options: E-102 Recreational Model with a 16” or 18” step through frame or an E-101 Sport Model with a 16”, 18” or 20” frame. Rental Length: Daily, Weekly, Monthly. Includes: Helmet, Lock, Charger, Tote Bag, and when available, equipped with Fenders, Rack, and a steel mesh Basket. Maps are available upon request. Pickup & Drop-off Locations: 1235 SE Grand Ave. Special Offer:: Mention BIKETOWN and get 10% off total rental price. http://www.genze.com/rentals
Popular Bike Rides in Portland
Whether you decide to use bike share or bike rental for your trip to Portland, there are some great rides waiting for you in this bike-friendly city. Here are a few of our favorite routes – they’re great for tourists and locals alike, and many are even car-free!
Waterfront Park Trail
The beautiful Tom McCall Waterfront Park offers a scenic, car-free bike trail along the West shore of the Willamette River. See the route
The popular Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade is a bike & pedestrian path that follows the East shore of the Willamette River, offering some of the city's best views. See the route
Locals and tourists alike love to explore this 26-acre park by bike. Make an afternoon out of it with a picnic, horseshoes, and excellent people watching. See the route
If you plan to sightsee throughout the day – traveling from one attraction to the next – bike share is your best option because it allows you to take short but frequent rides, with the convenience of many pickup and drop-off locations across the city.
As opposed to traditional bike rental, a BIKETOWN Day Pass will give you access to use a bike whenever you need one in a full 24-hour period, wherever you need to go, without the worry of having to lock up a rental bike.
With BIKETOWN, Portland is an even more navigable and fun place to explore. Check out some of our favorite attractions, along with the the BIKETOWN stations nearby.