These aren’t your typical bike journeys. Oregon Scenic Bikeways are official state-designated routes selected and curated by experts, with printable maps, GPS and signage. They are the state’s best road rides, showcasing incredible, only-in-Oregon scenery — along high-desert highways, past geologic wonders, on covered bridges, next to roaring rivers, over snowy mountain passes and through charming communities. Not one Oregon Scenic Bikeway is just like the other, so we don’t blame you for trying to experience them all.
Download the Oregon Scenic Bikeways guide here.
Please be aware that the Bikeway information here is advisory only. You assume all risks as far as the quality and accuracy of the information; in other words, you’re agreeing to use it at your own risk. Scenic Bikeway routes include roads with car and truck traffic, and are for cyclists that are comfortable riding in some amount of traffic. Cyclists must obey the rules of the road. For car-free riding, check out the Banks-Vernonia State Trail on the Tualatin Valley Bikeway and the Row River Trail section of the Covered Bridges Bikeway.
A must-know: In Oregon, a bicycle is legally considered a vehicle (and the same laws apply). Riding with the direction of traffic is the law; it’s also the best way to be seen by motorists.
To demonstrate the best riding etiquette and promote good relations with motorists, please ride single-file. Riding side-by-side is legal, but only if doing so does not impede traffic. Be aware that many rural roads are used daily for commerce; there’s a good chance you’ll encounter large trucks carrying oversized loads.
Never forget about drivers’ blind spots — especially when the vehicle is turning right. If you’re going straight at an intersection with stopped vehicles, pull in behind the first stopped vehicle in the lane and wait your turn to go, as if you were a motorist.
All bicycle riders in Oregon under 16 must wear a helmet.
For more information on riding safely and legally in Oregon, visit the Oregon Department of Transportation.