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Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on May 17th, 2013 at 10:00 am

Sauvie Island Strawberry Ride
Hang out with Don Kruger at
his farm on Sauvie Island
this Sunday.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Before you finalize all your weekend riding plans, I wanted to highlight three events that deserve your attention.

Tomorrow is the American Lung Association's big annual Reach the Beach ride. It's the 23rd year for this popular event that takes folks from several starting points out to the finish line at Cape Kiwanda (south of Tillamook). There are 100, 80, 55, and 28-mile options leaving from Portland, Newberg, Amity, and Grand Ronde respectively. If you're doing the ride, have fun and good luck! If you're biking or driving on the route, expect to find thousands of people sharing the road with you.

On Sunday (5/19), bike racers and riders of all persuasions will head out to Sauvie Island for the Kruger's Kermesse Farm Crit. This unique event features a fun mix of terrain that will have something for riders of all abilities. It all happens at Kruger's Farm, which is a great place to bring the family and hang out with friends. For a fun day, ride out to the event via the St. Johns Bridge and Highway 30 (where traffic is much more pleasant on the weekends).

On your way out (or to) the Kermesse, swing by Kenton Cycle Repair (2020 N McClellan) for their Huge Swap Meet and Grand Opening. Bring your bike stuff to sell and get a table for just $10.

Feel free to plug other events and/or share your plans in the comments...

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  • Terry D May 17, 2013 at 11:04 am

    https://www.facebook.com/COPINGWithBikes is hosting

    "North-South in the inner EastSide, Who knew it could be relaxing?"

    Event details Here: https://www.facebook.com/events/355442724576240/

    We meet at Peace Park at the top of the East-side Esplanade at 2pm, tomorrow.

    The route is here: https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=217379782128468346794.0004dacdc9d44ec545212&msa=0&ll=45.483244%2C-122.635918&spn=0.078351%2C0.181789

    This is a greenway focused route highlighting access to 7 schools, several parks including Holman city park, a safe crossing of the gulch using NE 28th, the Rhododendron Garden and a REALLY cool tree-house. There will be multiple rest stops for discussion and is open to all. We have described the route in detail over the past few days, if anyone wants to do a little background reading. It does however need to be fun since all work and no play makes for a dull bike ride!!

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  • Spiffy May 17, 2013 at 11:51 am

    wow, Kenton Cycle Repair, way to spam craigslist with your miscategorized post... thanks for bringing it to my attention so I can flag it... I hope you do bike stuff better than internet stuff...

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    • CaptainKarma May 17, 2013 at 2:49 pm

      Event sounds good though; I'll try to stop 'n shop. Who knows what I "need" for my bike,eh?

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  • Dabby May 17, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    Northwest Trail Alliance is having the Ventura Pump Track Work Party!
    Sunday at 11am, Ventura Park, 116th and SE Stark.
    Come give a little back to the neighborhood and help rebuild and landscape Portland's first public pump track!
    Feel free to bring shovels and landscape tools, to use and to share.
    Bring your bike since the sun should be shining!
    Thank you in advance for your participation!

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  • Tim Davis May 19, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    Sauvie Island **should** be a cycling paradise, but it **so** is not. We absolutely MUST improve Hwy 30; there is definitely room to add a wonderful cycle track. Imagine how peaceful and enjoyable it would be to BIKE out to Sauvie Island if that were the case! A bike/ped bridge from Kelley Pt Park would be incredible, but unfortunately it would have to either be almost impossibly high to allow ships to pass or be a drawbridge; either of those are too expensive.

    So, let's improve Hwy 30 and turn the side(s) of it into a phenomenal bicycle highway out to a wonderfully (and thankfully still) pastoral island!

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    • Terry D May 20, 2013 at 7:32 am

      This is probably the best opportunity in Multnomah county to place a two-way cycle track since the railroad prevents any need to get east except at controlled crossings. We would not even need much more right-of-way if we just configured the space differently we could have a protected cycle-track all the way to Sauvies, Longview and possibly further....

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      • Tim Davis May 20, 2013 at 10:15 am

        I love that idea, Terry! That would be a wonderful amenity that would encourage people to bike peacefully--starting right downtown--along the waterfront, going northward for many miles.

        Combine this with NP Greenway's ongoing efforts, and we might actually (some day, hopefully in fewer than 50 years) have paths on both sides of a major river--like Minneapolis and Spokane and many other cities have had for years...

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