Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on August 14th, 2011 at 8:13 am
The 2011 Bridge Pedal has started!
If you are one of the 20,000 people hitting the course today, chime in below and share your impressions of the event. Did you do the full, 10-bridge ride? How did you like the new route? Did you see any crazy stuff out there?
UPDATE: (I've replaced the live Twitter stream with a press release from Portland Fire & Rescue)
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News Release from: Portland Fire & Rescue
PORTLAND FIRE AND RESCUE HELPS CYCLISTS DURING BRIDGE PEDAL
Posted: August 15th, 2011 1:07 AM
Portland Fire and Rescue answered 20 calls for medical assistance during The Providence Bridge Pedal Sunday. Lt. Matthew Silva, Fire Liaison to the Portland Office of Emergency Management, supervised 8 firefighters who patrolled the course and provided medical aid where needed. The firefighters used 2 rescues, 1 brush unit, and 2 specially modified ATV's to get through and around the congestion that over 18,000 bicyclists bring to the streets and bridges of Portland during this event.
Of the 20 calls for help, American Medical Response transported 6 individuals to area hospitals. Two of those transports were for individuals with serious traumatic injuries and one transport was for a man who had suffered a heart attack. It is unknown at this time the conditions of any of the patients.
Portland Fire and Rescue recognizes that bringing thousands of cyclists together can cause accidents. That is why PF&R assigns these firefighters to this event to assist and to be at the right place at the right time. One firefighter, who was utilizing an ATV, was near the man who suffered the heart attack. The firefighter was able to quickly get to the individual and assist the bystanders in administering CPR. The firefighter then stayed with the man's 6-year-old child until Portland Police were able to transport the child to a family member after the man was transported to OHSU.
Portland Fire and Rescue reminds everyone that properly fitting bicycle helmets continue to save lives everyday. Please wear your helmet when you ride.