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Full-Day Bike Tour of Portland, OR

Full-Day Bike Tour of Portland, OR


Join us on the last day of the Designing Cities conference for a visit to Portland. Oregon, an icon for transportation planning. Just 175 miles south of Seattle, get a taste of the sibling rivalry between these two pioneering Northwest cities.

This ride is led by the Portland Bureau of Transportation and supported by Kittelson and Associates.



Please arrange for travel to Portland from Seattle via Amtrak or by Bolt Bus. There is a 7:35 am train departing Seattle that arrives in Portland’s Union Station at 11:05 am.


Bicycles will be your responsibility but we will help. Either:

  • bring your own ($5 extra on the train)
  • rent from Cycle Portland for $36; the tour will begin at their shop at 117 NW 2nd Avenue at 12:30.

Tour Details

We’re tongue-in-cheek calling this the “Advisory Bike Lane Tour.”  As one of the few facilities in the NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide not in widespread use, we will organize Portland’s tour around locations where they have considered advisory bike lanes, but then for various reasons decided against implementation. The tour will also look at a couple of locations where roadway conditions mimic what you might find with an advisory bicycle lane design.

However, the main highlight of the ride will be an extensive tour of the wide range of Portland’s bicycle infrastructure. We will look at various forms of protected bikeways, including grade-separated cycle tracks and North America’s shortest contra-flow protected bikeway. We will look at bicycle scramble signals and pedestrian hybrid beacons used for bicycle crossings. We’ll see bike boxes employed for three different operational objectives and get an extensive tour of some of Portland’s bicycle boulevards. Along the boulevards we’ll see various types of traffic diverters and crossing treatments as well as Portland’s newest treatment: the crossbike. We will wend our way to what may be North America’s largest, if not only transit, pedestrian and bike bridge. We’ll cap the day by mixing in with one of the country’s busiest bicycle commutes on our way to a well-earned happy hour.

Roger Geller, Portland’s long-time bicycle coordinator will lead the tour, which will last for approximately 4 hours and will cover about 20+ miles by bicycle. Tour participants should be able to comfortably ride a bicycle at a moderate pace for that length of time.



This tour is limited to 20 people. RSVP here.

Cost: No additional conference charge. You are responsible for your own transportation to Portland and acquisition of a bicycle. Bicycle rental for 24 hours will cost $36 at Cycle Portland. The tour will leave from there (117 NW 2nd Avenue) at 12:30.

Accommodation: $99 NACTO rate at the University Place Hotel. Rate valid Thursday 9/29 through Saturday 10/1, for those who will be extending their stay. To get this rate, the reservation must be made by phone ((503)221.0140 or 1.866.845.4647; be sure to mention NACTO). Book before September 16th to get this offer.

There is quick and easy (17 min) transit from Portland’s train station (Union Station) to the hotel. Ride either the Orange Line or Green Line trains or the 17 or 9 bus.

There are many transit options for the reverse trip. Check TriMet’s trip planner page on their website for the best information.


Additional information will be provided to those registering for the tour.

Contact Roger Geller at 503.803.3854 or [email protected]