June 17: Pedalpalooza – Epic Street Tree Ride

Start: Convene at 10:00am at the Portland Art Museum (1219 SW Park).  We’ll begin the adventure promptly at 10:30am

Stops, with estimated start times:

  • SE Sandy & Oak (bike-by)
  • 11:45am: 1642 NE Sandy, See-See Motorcycles (walk-about to visit nearby sites)
  • 12:45pm: Lunch break at The Ocean (NE 24th and Sandy)
  • 1:45pm: 2508 NE Everett, DaVinci School (walk-about to visit nearby sites)
  • 2:30pm: 2523 NE 25th Ave. (walk our bikes to visit some neighborhood sites)
  • 3:30pm: Going St. between 47th and 52nd (walk-about to visit nearby sites)

End: 4:30pm in Cully (near NE 47th and Going St.)

Post-ride happy hour: Pizza Jerk‘s outdoor seating area (5028 NE 42nd Ave.)

Ride Description:  Street trees play vital environmental and visual buffering functions, whether downtown, along streets of 4+ story mixed-use buildings, or in relatively quiet neighborhoods. As our commercial corridors get built out and neighborhoods like Cully get new sidewalks, curbs and improved streets, the fate of existing trees and opportunities to plant new ones often get determined by city standards and decision making processes for streets, stormwater systems, parking codes, and public/private utilities. On this bike ride from Downtown to Cully neighborhood, we’ll explore how competing priorities for scarce right-of-way can impact urban trees. We’ll view great examples of saving trees, sad examples of lost urban trees, and worrisome examples of trees that lie in the path of future development. Our ride will be guided by local land use & transportation geeks, arborists, and environmental leaders. For those interested, we’ll relax afterwards at Pizza Jerk (5028 NE 42nd Ave.) to discuss upcoming ways to weigh in on upcoming task forces and planning processes led by Urban Forestry or PBOT that will greatly impact trees in the right-of-way and present opportunities for reforms to allow the planting, growth and preservation of more large form street trees.

Sidney on wiggly sidewalk

A curving sidewalk allows mature existing trees to remain


Ouch, that hurts!


Not much opportunity for the roots on these trees to catch a drink


Utility vaults mean there’s no room for street trees


Explore trade-offs between swales and substantial street trees for stormwater management…