The Albany riverfront is my beat, one of them anyway. That includes the Willamette Neighborhood, and you can see a small sampling of it in the video below.
The bike and I find ourselves there a few times a week. Why?
Because as one of Albany’s oldest neighborhoods it has character. It has variety. No house is the same as any other. They all differ in size, age, color, design, upkeep and every other way you can think of.
I looked at the Linn County assessment records, and the construction dates of the eight random places I checked ranged from 1900 to 2005. Three were built in 1920.
There is very little motor traffic on the side streets in this area, making it ideal for a leisurely cruise on two wheels.
And it’s easy to reach from the west side of town via the Dave Clark Riverfront Path or Water Avenue.
The city’s intent is to improve both the path and the street, which may make both routes less useful for active transportation — by encouraging more walkers on the path, and by narrowing Water Avenue with sidewalks, trees and curbs. But until that happens, these are really nice routes on the bike.
Other than the riverside parks and the path, there are no popular attractions in this old neighborhood, another reason why it’s great for a leisurely ride. (hh)