Celebrate National Bike Week in Newport!
We have some great places for the whole family to ride bikes on the coast!
National Bike Week originated in Britain in 1923 as an event to introduce people to bicycles and bicycle riding. For nearly a century, National Bike Week has spread around the globe, and has been gaining more recognition and participation in the United States every year. National Bike Week usually takes place the second week of May, but differs from state to state and city to city. In Newport, the second week of May is the perfect time to get on your bike and take to the roads and trails with family and friends.
Newport has some of the most scenic bike riding opportunities in Oregon, and you can even ride fat tire bikes on many of our beaches if you want to go off road. Gather the family together, and bring your bikes to Newport, or rent bikes once you get here. If you didn’t bring your bike to the beach, Bike Newport has many kinds of bicycles for rent, specializes in fat tire bike rentals, and even offers guided bike tours around the city.
Although we’re sure that you won’t have any problem finding your own bike route around Newport, we’ve put together some suggestions that you’re sure to love. A map of each ride is linked into the description so that you can either follow the path faithfully, or veer off on your own at any point.
The Lighthouse to Lighthouse Ride – This route is approximately 10 miles long, and follows the Oregon Coast Bike Route for a moderately challenging ride between Yaquina Bay Lighthouse (1871) and Yaquina Head Lighthouse (1872). Along this route, you’ll pass through the Nye Beach Historic District, see stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, and gain a bit of elevation for a good workout.
The South Beach Ride – Mostly on easy, flat terrain, this 8 mile route takes you through sand dunes to the South Beach Jetty, than winds its way through the South Beach Marina, along the estuary, and out to Idaho Point on King Slough. This ride provides great views of the bay and ocean, and offers amazing bird watching opportunities.
The Shopping Ride – Newport offers plenty of shopping opportunities from department stores to small boutique specialty shops, and this 5 mile, mostly easy (except for one steep hill) route leads you by many kinds of shops and stores. The most direct route is to travel Hwy. 101 (gray line); the purple line shows alternate routes east and west of the highway, and the blue lines take you to the Nye Beach, Bayfront, and City Center Districts.
Bayfront to Nye Beach Ride – This challenging 6.5 mile route brings you through the Historic Nye Beach and Bayfront Districts and along Yaquina Bay before beginning the long winding climb up to Yaquina Heights for splendid ocean views. The ride includes a little over ½ mile travel along Hwy. 20.
The City Parks Ride – Easy to moderately challenging, this 7 mile route winds through our nine city parks, where you can enjoy bird watching, skateboarding, whale watching and ball games. Pack a picnic and find a special spot to stop for lunch in one of our unique city parks.
No matter where you ride your bike in Newport, you’re sure to have a great time. Make National Bike Week a family tradition at the beach, and get on your bike and ride!
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