Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on June 7th, 2007 at 7:47 am
Pedalpalooza — a 17-day explosion of bike rides and events that sets Portland’s cycling scene apart from all others — kicks off with a roaring start today (actually, there’s a morning ride on the Columbia Slough going on right now).
Over the next two-plus weeks, Portland (and Vancouver) streets will be overrun with 132 different bike events and rides. The fun starts tonight with the Kickoff Parade. If you’ve ever wondered what Portland’s bike scene looks like, this would be the place to see it. You’ll see all the different cycling species bound together by the love of bike fun. Meet at the Jamison Fountain (NW 10th & Johnson) at 6:15 to decorate your steed and the ride begins at 7:00.
Nudity, jousting, family trailer rides, Vancouver explorations, dive bars, cops on bikes, gelato, donuts, dykes on bikes…whew. As if that wasn’t enough, the whole thing ends with the Multnomah County Bike Fair!
There are way too many great rides to list (see them all here). To take full advantage of this bike fun opportunity, you need to get organized (and not sleep).
“If you were biking, you’d be naked by now.”
From last year’s Kickoff Parade.
This is my third year doing ride reports and taking photos of Pedalpalooza. This year I’ve set up a special Pedalpalooza page that has links to all my archived posts and pictures from years past.
Stay tuned to BikePortland for all the wild, wheeled action. My Pedalpalooza 2007 page will list ride reports and links to photos. It also has a custom sidebar with handy links and a list of each day’s rides (currently only through Friday, but more coming).
And I almost forgot to mention Dan Kaufman’s Pedapalooza promo video. Check it out on CrankMyChain Bicycle TV.
There are lots of Pedalpalooza veterans (the event started in 2002) who read this site, so if you have a question feel free to leave a comment.
See you out on the streets!