Portland Oregon’s city bike program features bright orange 8-speed cruisers emblazoned with Nike logos.  Stations and bikes are plentiful, at least on the beautiful June Saturday when I paid a visit to the Rose city.  I’ve had the distinct pleasure to enjoy city bike share programs in several North American cities, including New York, Toronto, Los Angeles, Nashville, Chicago, Washington DC, and Denver.  All are somewhat similar, yet unique.  Portland’s 8-speed bikes are a bit lighter then most, and better able to climb the steep hills around the city, with both front and rear brakes for those rapid and sometimes slick descents.

Portland is on my way to the start of a Coast-to-Coast journey, and I’ll be back through the city in a couple days.  But that will be a story for another blog…

Have a great ride.



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