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Weekend Event Guide

Posted by Amos Hunter (Columnist) on September 8th, 2010 at 12:19 pm

The BTA is hosting a ride to
celebrate new signage and
markings in Riverview Cemetery.
(Photo: BTA)

We're officially in the "take what you can get" weather period now, and after this week's rain storms, high 60's with a few clouds doesn't look too bad at all. To help you get the most out of your last few days of sun, I've got a fully-loaded event guide for your cycling pleasure, so pack a parka and ride safe!

Friday, September 10th

7:00pm-9:00pm: Bikestravaganza off the Chainring Tour
On the last stop on a month-long, 10 state tour, local bike activists Elly Blue and Joe Biel will be hosting a video presentation and sharing stories of activism in Portland and around the country.  Madison's Grill (1109 SE Madison), $3-$10 sliding scale with no one turned away.  See Jonathan's full coverage of the event here.

4:00pm: Celebration Ride through Riverview Cemetery
Come celebrate the official opening of the new Riverview Cemetery bicycle route with the BTA. Thanks to individual donors and a match from Lewis and Clark College, the new route features signage and markers directing cyclists through the private cemetery property. This event will feature refreshments and a group tour through the new route. Ride meets at the Palatine Hill Road Entrance of the cemetery.

All Weekend: Weekend of Pain + Suffer'n
What happens when a dentist isn't satisfied with just inflicting pain on people during the work week?  He opens up his property to 3 days of grueling short track, crosscountry, and cyclocross racing.  This OBRA event at Bald Peak in Hillsboro is open to participants and spectators.  Register online or day of race on the Pain + Suffer'n website.

Saturday, September 11th

9:30am: Tour de Lab
This 18 or 30 mile urban tour of Lucky Labrador pubs features a costume contest and plenty of great food and beer for participants.  A benefit for DoveLewis emergency animal hospital. Register online or day of event. Ride starts at Lucky Lab NW, 1945 NW Quimby.

12:30pm: Transport your Activism
After the success of the first Transport your Activism ride during Pedalpalooza (see our coverage here), the folks at Active Right of Way are hosting another tour of transportation issues in Portland that need addressing. This bicycle tour will feature presenters on all modes of transportation, and promotes discussion about what needs to be done and how to go about making it happen. Ride meets at the Peace Park at N Interstate and NE Lloyd.

Sunday, September 12th

9:00am: Child Aid Guatemala Literacy Ride
This benefit ride supporting literacy programs in Guatemala features an 11, 30, or 55 mile loop around Forest Grove. Ride starts and ends at Roger's Park, registration and donation information available on the Child Aid website.

10:00am-7:00pm: PDX Cycle Swap
The first of what is sure to be a new Portland staple, the PDX Cycle Swap will feature music, a beer garden, auctions, race events, and many other forms of bicycle business and fun, all in one location at 1300 N River St (under the Fremont Bridge). Come check out the grand opening festivities this weekend, and the 2nd Sunday of every month from here on.

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  • Steve B. September 8, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    Thanks for including the Transport Your Activism ride!

    We're actually meeting at 12:30pm at Peace Park (sorry for the confusion!)

    I'll post more soon on our speakers, see you there!

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  • Todd Boulanger September 8, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    Any idea what a "booth" costs at the cycleswap for selling bikes? I looked on their site but did not see any reference.

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  • peejay September 8, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    There might be something going on Friday late. Just sayin'.

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  • Emily September 9, 2010 at 11:57 am

    There will also be a Sunset Mystery Ride on Sunday September 12th!

    Meetup and ride to a mystery destination to watch the sunset!

    http://www.shifttobikes.org/cal/#12-1889

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  • Steve B. September 9, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    Here's the rundown on the T.Y.A. ride this Saturday:

    TRANSPORT YOUR ACTIVISM II
    Saturday, September 11, 2010
    Meet at 12:30pm, Peace Park (NE Lloyd Blvd at Eastside of Steel Bridge)

    In the context of Portland’s continued dependence on oil for transportation, we’ll bike to a selection of sites where active transportation change is imminent, learn how we got to where we are, and how to advocate for improvements. This ride will feature stops at:
    ...
    THE ORANGE MAX LINE – What it means, the benefits of building it, the background on how we’ll pay for it, and the specific choices that need to be made on these issues by TriMet and voters. We’ll ride to OMSI and take in the location of the planned carfree Caruthers Bridge, Portland’s first new bridge to be built over the Willamette in 36 years. Presented by Michael Anderson

    PGE PARK -- Oregonian columnist John Canzano insists that public subsidization of professional baseball is a better use of money than if it were spent on traffic safety engineering to help cyclists and drivers share the road. We'll ride to PGE Park to review the numbers on who gets what at taxpayer expense and take a look at how local arenas are changing to accommodate fans who are cyclists. Presented by Michael O’Leary

    THE 12TH STREET BRIDGE – Improvements are coming to the 12th street bridge, a vital connection for active and vehicular traffic, but who will they most benefit? We’ll look at the current bridge and discuss possible solutions to the current configuration. Presented by Russ Willis

    HOLMAN STREET GREENWAY – The planned Holman Street Greenway is a case study in making bikeway improvements a catalyst for further street reclamation. We’ll hear about how the neighborhood came together to support the extension of the 13th Street pocket park to calm traffic and take back a piece of the road for community use. Presented by Gregg Lavender

    YOUR STORY – This ride is interactive! Participants are encouraged to share stories and solutions, we want to support you as you work toward important changes in your neighborhood.

    more: info@activerightofway.org | http://www.activerightofway.org

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  • Jerry_W September 10, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    Cycle Oregon starts this weekend in Elgin!!! Maybe some Bike Portland coverage of this fine event.

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