Children’s Ride

Length: 3 Miles
Direction: Counter Clockwise
Elevation Gain: 88 ft
Highest Point: 75 ft
Recommended Gearing: Standard gearing

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Big Pink from the Eastbank EsplanadeThere are a few options for riding with your children in and around Portland. The Springwater Corridor offers miles of bike path. Marine Dr also has flat pathways. Tryon Creek has a 2 mile stretch of path but isn’t flat. And the Esplanade path on the waterfront near downtown is another option. Start at the Vera Katz statue on the Esplanade for this ride. Vera is always happy to take a photo with kids.

This ride is 3 miles long and has 2 bridge crossings over the Willamette. Additionally, the floating portion of the Eastbank Esplanade is a really neat feature of the pathway. On the west side, enjoy the park and numerous benches to stop and have a picnic lunch.

Sculptures line the Eastbank Esplanade pathCheck these out along the west side of the riverThe Hawthorne Bridge is the main artery for bike commuters into downtownThese floating docks raise and lower with the river

3 Responses to “Children’s Ride”

  1. Chris Shaffer Says:

    It would be nice if there were more short routes listed. My ten year old daughter can handled 5-10 miles, but not the 18+ miles of most of the listed routes.

  2. Rita Says:

    I agree with Chris. I would love to see more kid-friendly routes listed!

  3. Jacob Says:

    It’s definitely a challenge to find routes that would be child friendly on public roads. Those may be best left to a parent’s judgement. Otherwise, city maps at River City Bicycles do list the majority of bike paths available in town.

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