PDX by Bike Shows Cyclists the City
A new bicycle service in Portland aims to give visitors and tourists the inside track on seeing the city by bike. PDX by Bike (www.pdxbybike.com), a partnership between Elly Blue (left in photo) and Meghan Sinnott (right), is an itinerary, information and referral service for people visiting Portland who want to explore the city on two wheels.
It’s like going to visit friends in a new town and using them for recommendations on the best places to go, Blue explains. We want to be that friend.
PDX by Bike provides custom itineraries for visiting cyclists based on what the tourists would like to do, along with recommendations of places to stop, events to attend and bike-friendly businesses to patronize.
“We’re your key to the city,” Blue says.
In addition to custom itineraries, guidebooks and maps available via its website, PDX by Bike provides basic, free bicycle information in an email newsletter. It has also created a zine, PDX by Bike, available for purchase on the site and in bookstores around Portland. The $5 zine provides the ins and outs of Portland bike culture, infrastructure, history and events, plus where on the Internet to find specific things to do and places to go.
For example, in the zine Blue and Sinnott caution cyclists to avoid traveling across the Morrison Bridge for safety reasons, but also inform people how to cross the bridge safely if they decide to give it a try. Blue and Sinnott also include information such as how to take your bike on the MAX or buses, where to find local maps, and some travel planning information.
Those interested in purchasing a custom itinerary, a map, a guidebook or the PDX by Bike zineor just getting on the free email newsletter listcan visit the PDX by Bike website.