Northwest Portland can be a bit confusing for newcomers; the streets are alphabetized for most of the area and the avenue numbers get larger the farther away from the river they are, but there are some additional streets that break up the otherwise grid-like layout of the area. There are also additional bike paths to help cyclists avoid motorized, rail and pedestrian traffic while navigating areas with main streets and intersections that aren’t easy to find.
Whether new to Northwest Portland or a longtime resident looking to brush up the geography of a given neighborhood, the Northwest Portland Bike Map is a useful resource that makes it easy to identify the shortest route by bike from one location to another. The map is freely distributed by the City of Portland and it may be viewed on their website, which includes practical tips for cyclists in the heavily urban sections of Portland.
In addition to the main roads and popular bike trails, the map highlights paths that furl beyond the urban boundaries of Northwest Portland and into nearby Hillside. There is also information about shortcuts Northwest Portland cyclists may take in the urban crosshatch of the area without getting lost—now that’s a handy resource to help save time when biking in this town!
Rather than risk getting lost, take a look at the Northwest Portland Bike Map. A PDF version may be printed off or a pre-folded version ordered for free on the website as well, so be aware of this resource, especially when expecting out-of-town guests who plan to get on their bike—and to get their bike on!