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Posted by on June 5th, 2014 at 4:40 pm

Pedalpalooza Kickoff Ride-33

Portland’s summer will unofficially begin at 6 p.m. today in Colonel Summers Park at Southeast 20th Avenue and Belmont. Ingredients: one sun, one city and several hundred thousand bicycles.

They won’t all be at tonight’s PedalPalooza kickoff ride, of course. But the first big event of Portland’s annual bike festival means the start of the sunny season and the beginning of 24 days of ridiculously wide-ranging fun on bicycles.

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As always at the kickoff parade, expect a cocktail of costumes, work clothes and chance meetings, stirred up in a secret route winding through the city. Show up early to get a copy of this year’s PedalPalooza poster.

Here at BikePortland we’ll be covering PedalPalooza with a post every Saturday morning previewing a few of our favorite rides for the following week. Got one we shouldn’t miss? Drop me an email at Got some great photos of one that happened? We’d love to share them with the world. Send those over too, or just share them on Twitter or Instagram with a callout to @BikePortland.

Pump up those tires, Portland — it’s time to hit the street for some fresh air. You’ve earned it.

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