Our favorite ride will have you starting like a tourist and ending like a local, beginning at one of Portland’s most famous culinary attractions and culminating at a popular grassy hangout. Grab a bike from the station at SW 3rd at Ankeny and follow this route:
- Ride one block north up to Burnside Street and head East across the Burnside Bridge (bike lane is on the far right)
- Across the bridge, hang a right at SE 7th Ave
- Turn left on SE Ankeny, a bike-friendly street that will take you through residential neighborhoods and across bustling 28th Avenue
- After a hill climb of a few blocks (doable in low gear!), you’ll reach Laurelhurst Park
The ride from Burnside to Laurelhurst Park is about 3 miles and will take most riders around 25 minutes.
Laurelhurst is a few blocks outside of the service area, so if you’d rather leave your bike and explore on foot, you can dock it at SE 28th at Ankeny and walk 5 blocks to the park. You can pick up picnic provisions at the food carts just south of Ankeny on 28th.
If you head back by the same route, take a scenic detour by dropping down from Ankeny onto SE 16th Ave, and heading South into Ladd’s Addition, a residential neighborhood where the streets cut diagonally through circular rose gardens. Then head to the northwest corner of Ladd’s and leave your bike at SE Hawthorne at Ladd Ave. If you need some fuel, check out the popular food cart pod “Cartopia.”