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Hotel Monaco Portland: A perfect starting place for biking around Portland

Hotel Monaco Portland: A Bike-Friendly Hotel in a Bike-Friendly City

An American "Bike-Friendly" City—Portland, Oregon is rated as one of the nation's top cities for bicyclists according to Bicycling Magazine.

Portland is a bicyclist's dream city. Hotel Monaco gets you rolling with our fleet of bikes, available for complimentary use through our concierge or front desk. We even set you up with safety gear, maps and more so that you can traverse Portland and the region just like a local.

Miles of well-marked bike lanes and paths, bridge and riverfront access and extensive off-road trails in serene spots like Forest Park make for two-wheeled bliss in the Pacific Northwest. Some of our favorite rides are:

Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade

The Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade serves up a scenic bridge path for both cyclists and pedestrians. Extending along the east side of the Willamette River, this 1.5-mile (2.4-kilometer) downtown corridor affords dramatic city views. For a fun 3-mile (4.8-kilometer) loop, cycle to the seawall at Gov. Tom McCall Waterfront Park, then over the Steel Bridge (on its riverbank pedestrian/bicycle river crossing), along the esplanade and across the Hawthorne Bridge to return to downtown. Along the way, stop, relax and take in the views from walls, benches, overlooks and small plazas. See public artworks and glimpse daily boating activity at the docks. The entire route is ADA compliant.

Springwater Corridor

Start with the Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade ride described above, and instead of going across the Hawthorne Bridge to return to downtown, continue along the east bank of the Willamette River. There is a three-mile (4.8-kilometer) path between OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry) and the Sellwood Bridge—the westernmost leg of the Springwater Corridor, one of Portland's most notable bike developments. A testament to Oregonians' zest for recycling, the Springwater Corridor is a former rail corridor that was reborn as a scenic bike and pedestrian trail. The entire trail runs between Portland and the town of Boring, Oregon, a stretch of 21 miles (34 kilometers).

Forest Park

For an awe-inspiring ride outside of the city, venture to Forest Park—a 5,156-acre (2,086-hectare) swath of old-growth timber and pristine forest landscapes. There you'll find 30 miles (48 kilometers) of paths for biking and walking. One of the most popular routes for bikers is the 11.2-mile (18-kilometer) Leif Erikson Drive, featuring views of the Columbia River, Mount Hood and Mount St. Helens.

More Two-Wheeled Adventures

Take a tour or rent a bike from Pedal Bike Tours. Guided tours highlight Portland's unique attributes and neighborhoods. Take a spin through the city's past with the Historic Downtown tour. Get a flavor of the region with the Bites By Bike tour. Suds it up on the Oregon Brewery Trail or sip the city fantastic on the Wine Country tour. You can even explore the Columbia Gorge and Oregon Coast by bike. Most are easy rides suitable for all skill levels, and custom tours are also available.

For more information, please contact our concierge at (503) 417-3390 or email concierge@monaco-portland.com. We also recommend visiting the Bicycle Transportation Alliance's website for news and information about cycling for transportation and recreation in the Pacific Northwest.

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