Portland By Cycle rides and classes

People on bicycles ride over a pedestrian & bicycle bridge with green leafy trees in the background
Free guided bike rides, skill-building classes and online content hosted by the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT). Information and a supportive setting for adults new to cycling, new to Portland, or just getting back on the bike. All activities are FREE and open to the public.
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We offer a variety of resources to help you feel comfortable and confident using Portland’s extensive bike way network of streets, lanes and paths.  All rides and classes are free and open to the public.

Guided group rides

These “no-drop” rides show you the best of Portland's neighborhoods and how to ride safely and confidently.  All rides are loops -they start and end the same spot - and no one is left behind. We partner with other city bureaus and community organizations to feature great things happening in your town along the route.

Helmets are required, bringing water is recommended.  Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Check the Upcoming Events section on this page or visit the Events page for all of the bike rides, skills classes, walks and more hosted by PBOT's Active Transportation and Safety Division.

Skill building classes

Our classes share information on essential cycling skills, basic bike maintenance, how to bike year-round and more. For adults and children who want to learn to ride (balance, steer and brake), look for a Neighborhood Bike Fair. Check the "Upcoming Events" section of this page for current offerings or visit the Events page.  

Virtual Workshop : All Season Cycling and Simple Bike Maintenance - Presented as part of Fix-It Fair at Home, this workshop covers how to stay comfortable riding in cold or wet weather, staying visible when it's dark out, how to maintain your bike when the roads are wet and gritty, and more.

Short tutorial :  How to use PortlandBikeMap.com - learn the various features of our online bike map, PortlandBikeMap.com, in under 2 minutes!

Bike Break - tips for new riders

Step into our virtual classroom to learn everything you need to know to get started biking. Each episode is approximately 60 minutes long.  Produced by PBOT and the Community Cycling Center

Title slide from "Bike Break", an online workshop for new bikers.
Bike Break is on Facebook video. Click the title of the episode you want to watch.

Bike Break 1 - How to make your bike fit you well, easy everyday maintenance, finding a low-stress route. (June 2020)

Bike Break 2 - How to stay cool when it's hot out, face a flat tire without fear, what's new with BIKETOWN, and pointers on bike etiquette and law.  (July 2020)

Bike Break 3 - Tips for carrying things when heading to work or going shopping, using gears for climbing, how to keep your bike secure from theft and more pointers on bike etiquette and law.  (August 2020)

Bike Break 4 - How to ride with kids, fitting a bike helmet correctly, how to carry kids or pets and teaching kids to ride.  (September 2020)

Bike Break 5 - Get ready to roll - checking your bike and tips for safe riding; different bike lanes and markings; what's new with Biketown? (June 4, 2021)

Bike Break 6 - We talk about using maps and apps to find a great route, learn about Neighborhood Greenways and crossing busy streets, and see how biking is for everybody and any body - including what’s new in Adaptive BIKETOWN. (June 25, 2021)

Bike Break 7 - Dealing with new situations and making biking a new habit - how to prepare for a new bike commute, deal with new congestion on your route and more about new improvements for biking PBOT is making to streets.  (July 30, 2021)

Bike Break 8 - Preparing to ride with kids on the street and getting ready for all-season cycling.

Suggested Rides

Map of a route for a bike ride visiting public art in the Foster-Powell area.

Take a spin on Portland's extensive bikeway network.  We have several print-ready maps for tours you can take in various parts of the city, designed to keep you on low-traffic streets, off street paths and buffered or protected bike lanes.  

 Click here to get started

Go for a virtual ride - watch a video of what you'll find along these newly-opened bikeways:

HOP Neighborhood Greenway - see features of the Holladay-Oregon-Pacific Neighborhood Greenway in East Portland.

The 130's Neighborhood Greenway - learn about this route that runs from the I-84 Bike Path to Foster Blvd in East Portland.

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Timo Forsberg

Transportation Demand Management Specialist, PBOT

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