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Pedalpalooza Daily – 6/19

Posted by on June 18th, 2006 at 11:28 pm

[Pedalpalooza runs from 6/8 – 6/24 and is organized by Shift to Bikes. View the full schedule here and get the latest ride reports here.]

Happy Monday everyone.

The Pedalpalooza beat goes on today with a ride I’m really looking forward to; Bike Safety for Grown Ups. It’s being led by the spirited Elicia Cardenas (you might remember her from the Bike Wedding).

I’ve seen her in action teaching bike safety to kids and trust me, be prepared to laugh and learn tonight at 6:00 at Abernethy School!

Here’s the full list of today’s rides:

9th & SE Hawthorne Blvd (near the Lucky Lab)
Mr. Boosh is coming to Little Beirut! And he’s gonna ride in the hootenanny too. Here’s your chance to ride with the 2term-minator, himself. But take care, his riding is prone to spills and falls. Never fear, though, he won’t… fall into office… a third time. Celebrate then the Falls & Follies of Boosh on this ride. Note, protestors will “not” be allowed to express themselves at this event.
Skara Brae, pratfallboosh@timeknock.org


Portland International Raceway (Portland International Raceway)
Seize the summer…race your bike on Monday night Whether you’re a beginning or experienced cyclist, you’ll love racing at Portland International Raceway (PIR). One of the most popular weeknight bicycle race series in the nation, The Lakeside Bicycles Monday Night Masters and Women Race Series runs May-August. The Monday night series attracts hundreds of novice to experienced cyclists to race on a traffic-free race course that’s fun for everyone. Races are divided into separate categories of novice masters men (aged 30+), novice women, 2 categories for more experienced masters men and an open women category for women of any age including juniors. There are even experienced racers standing by to provide guidance and answer questions if you need help. All that’s required is a helmet, a road bike and a sense of adventure. So what are you waiting for?
jim anderson, 503-975-8229, jim-anderson@comcast.net, www.racemondaynight.com


Columbia Street at 6th St., Vancouver WA (Plaza at Esther Short Park)
5:30pm, Ride ends at 6.45 PM. Meeting from 7 to 7.30PM. More stuff after 8PM – perhaps.
Take a social ride with Andy Clarke of the League of American Bicyclists as he visits bike projects in America’s Vancouver. The ride will be taken at a social pace to see the ‘good bad and the ugly’. Please bring a helmet. The ride will have a stop at the City Council chambers, for Vancouver to be presented a Bicycle Friendly Community award at 6.45 PM to Mayor Royce Pollard. The event will ‘offically’ end at 7.30 PM, though there may be more after. www.bikeleague.org
Jennifer Campos, 360-696-8290, jennifer.campos@ci.vancouver.wa.us, www.cityofvancouver.us/bike/


Abernethy School, 2421 SE Orange Ave, Portland, 97214 (Under the covered area)
Milk, cookies, worksheets, and an overview of bike safety as taught by a Safe Routes to School teacher. Learn the Rules of the Road, the Signal Dance, the Stopping Song, and more. Feel like you are in 4th grade, and bring the rum to keep things spicy. Not really, this is on public school grounds. This is really not intended for kids. Bring something to write with and something to sit on, as well as a bike, helmet, and street legal lights.
Elicia, eliciacardenas@hotmail.com


SW 4th Ave. and SW Main St. (Chapman Square (behind the Portland Building))
In an effort to shelter those who choose to sleep, work, worship, eat, and shop here, Portland has been crammed full of “buildings” designed to suit these needs and others. These buidings are on every street and many of them have very interesting stories. Come learn about some of them in the company of two bikey architecture nerds.
Carl Larson and Chris Bell, cykler@gmail.com


5329 NE Sandy Blvd (Hollywood Bike Gallery)
6pm, should return to start by 8:00pm
A casual fun evening coffee ride lead by the cool folks of Team Rubicon. Meet at the Hollywood Bike Gallery and ride to Tully’s for coffee and snacks.
Barb Grover


NE 11th and Claremont (By Woodlawn school, over the park bridge, in the “amphitheater” are by the basball diamond)
7pm, Potluck for first 1/2 hour
This ride has been cancelled. The Vortex shall continue to remain a mystery.
21+ Only.
Team Woodlawn, 971-221-7228, Woodlawn@YeaBikes.net, Team Woodlawn


C Street at 13th Street (City Hall)
Andy Clarke, of the League of American Bicyclists, to present Mayor Royce Pollard and the Vancouver City Council with a Bicycle Friendly Community award during a regularly scheduled council meeting.
Family Friendly.
Jennifer Campos, 360-696-8290, jennifer.campos@ci.vancouver.wa.us, www.bikeleague.org/news/052606com.php

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  • Ethan June 19, 2006 at 7:17 am

    Ummmmm, Vancouver is getting recognition as “bike friendly”? Is this our neighbor to the north where motorists routinely swear at bicyclists (happened to me twice in one ride) and throw Big Gulps out their car windows? Are they getting gold, or platinum?

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  • Drake June 19, 2006 at 7:23 am

    Oh no! What happened to the Woodlawn Booze Cruise? I’ll have to find somewhere else to bring all these cookies and beer… doh.

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  • Jonathan Maus June 19, 2006 at 7:25 am


    Vancouver was actually given the “Bronze” award several months ago. Tonight’s ceremony is more of a media event than anything else.

    I agree with your tone that the LAB’s Bike Friendly Community program loses integrity by awarding communities like Beaverton (and to a lesser extent Vancouver)…but the truth is that this program is as much a PR tool for the League as anything else.

    But all cynicism aside, the program actually works. Cities all over the country are competing for these awards (including Portland) and the result is more livable and bike-friendly communities.

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  • Donna June 19, 2006 at 7:41 am

    It’s easy to lose perspective when you bike in a place like Portland. Vancouver, for all its faults, is still an absolutely wonderful place to bike compared to Detroit and the other SE Michigan communities I grew up in. I suspect cyclists in places like Houston or Atlanta would say the same.

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