About Portland

Portland's DowntownRated as the #1 cycling city in America, Portland is a bicyclist’s dream, with miles of bike path, bike boulevards, shops, and thousands of like-minded bicycle enthusiasts. The bicycle infrastructure makes traveling by bike enjoyable and easy year ‘round. Portland has great access to road rides for any ability, from meandering river paths to punchy forested roads. “Foodies” love Portland for the many restaurants and food carts available, as well as the rich micro-brew culture. No matter your taste or budget, there is always something around the corner.

Portland's Bridge PedalSituated roughly an hour from the Pacific Ocean and the high Cascade Mountains, Portland is the perfect gateway to weekend recreation. From skiing at Mt. Hood to walks on the beach, to touring northern Oregon’s countless wineries, the options are limitless. For those preferring to stay closer in, Portland offers hundreds of music venues, as well as museums, galleries, parks, and shopping. Portland’s mass transit system allows for easy transportation throughout the city.

Portland Bicycle Rentals

The following Portland businesses rent fully outfitted commuter bicycles. It is highly recommended that you make arrangements in advance to ensure availability. Some companies offer a UBI discount. Be sure to mention your UBI enrollment when making arrangements. UBI bicycles are used for classroom instruction only and are therefore not available for student transportation.

We encourage you to bring your own bicycle. Portland has hundreds of miles of bike paths. UBI is located on one of the main north-sorth bike routes in the city, and Portland's commitment to cycling makes getting around town on two wheels very convenient. Bikes may be shipped to UBI via UPS or FedEx for a reasonable fee. Our shipping address is 3961 N. Williams Ave., Portland, OR 97227. We can also help you ship your bike back home again. Click here for more bike shipping information. You can also receive mail at the Institute as long as your name, c/o United Bicycle Institute, is on the address. Do not submit a post office forwarding order or your mail will be sent back by the postal service.

Daily Essentials

  • Groceries: There is a grocery store within a 5 minute ride of the school .
  • Restaurants: There are several restaurants within walking distance from UBI. 
  • Laundry: There are several public laundromats near the UBI facility. All of the options listed on our lodging page for Portland have laundry facilities, too.
  • Newspapers: The Oregonian is the largest newspaper in Portland, and in the state of Oregon. Willamette Week is a free weekly publication highlighting Portland events and current issues. This is a great resource for finding everything from music and performing arts to political rallies and art exhibitions. A must read, when looking for something to do on the weekends. The Portland Mercury is an alternative newspaper that is also a good source of information on local news, music and the arts.

Local Bike Riding

Bicycle Shops

There are scores of bike shops in Portland. Those listed below are closest to UBI:

Local Rides

There is a bicycle race or riding event almost every day in the Portland area. From the Alpenrose Velodrome to cyclocross to short track mtb racing, the options are endless.

  • The Oregon Bicycle Racing Association web site is a great resource for race schedules.
  • Rubber to the Road, a River City Bicycles sponsored site devoted to road riding in Portland and the surrounding areas, is a great resource for those looking to explore beyond the city streets. This site is full of great turn-by-turn directions and maps.
  • Bikeportland.org is must-visit for everything bicycle in Portland. This site offers many links (including all bike shops separated by neighborhood) and up to date bicycle related news stories.

Portland Tourist Attractions

  • The Oregon Museum of Science and Industryr, (800) 955-OMSI, is one of the nation's leading science museums. OMSI offers hundreds of interactive exhibits, hands-on demonstrations and an Omnimax theater.
  • The Oregon Zoo, (503) 226-1561, houses critters from all over the world (and a few from Portland), and features lots of educational and conservation programs.
  • The Portland Japanese Garden, Proclaimed one of the most authentic Japanese gardens outside of Japan, the 5.5 acre Portland Japanese Garden is located in the city's west hills.
  • Powell's Books. (800) 878-7323. It may be a stretch to call a bookstore a tourist attraction, unless it's Powell's. Book lovers will lose themselves here.
  • Timberline Lodge, (541) 482-2897, on Mt. Hood east of Portland is a gorgeous historic building, and offers year-round skiing on Mt. Hood's Palmer snowfield. And there's that whole "Shining" thing.
  • Mt. Hood Meadows, (800) SKI-HOOD, on Mt. Hood east of Portland, offers skiing and snowboarding during the ski season.
  • Mt. Hood Skibowl, (503) 272-3206, boasts of being America's largest night-skiing area. Located east of Portland in Government Camp. They offer lifts for mountain biking during the summer.
  • Mt. Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument, about 1.5 hours north of Portland, is a fascinating active volcanic landscape that just happens to offer some of the best mountain biking on the West Coast.
  • The Willamette Valley wine country in the beautiful region surrounding Portland, is home to over 200 wineries.

For additional information about Portland, visit the Portland Chamber of Commerce.



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