Bike to Swan Island? Yikes! Can I do it safely?

YES, you can!

City of Portland bike lanes on Interstate Avenue, Denver Avenue, Willamette Boulevard and Greeley Avenue will get you to Going Street, Swan Island’s main access road.  Contact the Swan Island TMA (503.745.6523) for trip planning assistance and several “off map” bike routes to Swan Island.

Swan Island TMA recommends use of the sidewalk on Going Street and the Swan Island roadway network. This is legal and the safest place to be if you’re sharing the road with trucks and anxious motorists during peak hours. Be sure to watch out for pedestrians and vehicles turning in and out of driveways.

The Going Street sidewalk provides bike/walk access to Swan Island. Much of the sidewalk is separated from traffic by trees and is 10′ wide at the Going Street bridge. Sidewalk links to sidewalks and crossings include Basin Avenue & Wygant, the Greeley ramp to Going Street and signalized crossing at Going and Port Center Way.

Remember, bikes are permitted on TriMet buses and MAX trains–no permit required!


Where to Start…

Bicycle Transportation Alliance Non-profit membership advocacy organization working in partnership with citizens, businesses, community groups, government agencies and elected officials to promote bicycling in Oregon and SW Washington 503.226.0676.

ByCycle Trip planning & maps for cyclists

Google Maps Trip planning & maps

City of Portland Office of Transportation A comprehensive online guide to getting around Portland by walking, bicycling, driving, bus, MAX, carpool, streetcar, & tram 503.823.2925.

City of Portland Office of Transportation A complete list of downloadable Portland bike maps 503-823-5185.

Metro Regional Bike Program Biking resources, maps and events for the Portland metropolitan area   503.797.1758.

RidetheCity A user-generated trip planning website that allows user to tailor route from safest to most direct.


SHIFT Website listing a thorough calendar of Portland bike events that reveals Portland’s creative bike culture through performance events.

BikePortland Forum devoted entirely to local and national bike-related news.



CityBikes Worker-owned and operated business that offers both new, used and refurbished bikes and a complete repair shop to boot. 503.239.0553

Community Cycling Center Friendly, full-service bike shop that also offers programs for low-income youth and adults, and workshops and summer camps. 503.288.8864

Revolver Bikes Full service bicycle sales and repair shop that is located nearby just blocks from the I-5 at the corner of N Interstate Ave and Rosa Parks Way. 503.285.1084

River City Bicycles (503) 233-5973  A Portland Standby