Bridge Pedal Archives

Below are all the reports and stories I’ve written about Bridge Pedal.

STP route change: Get ready for big crowds on the Steel Bridge

Posted on July 15th, 2010 at 11:41 pm.

Bike traffic, Steel Bridge, sunny Saturday-3
Steel Bridge crowds without
10,000 event riders.
(Photo © J. Maus)

Cascade Bicycle Club, the group behind the Seattle-to-Portland Bicycle Classic has announced a last minute route change. This Saturday and Sunday, an estimated 10,000 riders (most of them on Sunday) will roll across the lower deck of the Steel Bridge en route to their final destination at Holladay Park in the Lloyd Center.


Oregonian blasts Bridge Pedal

Posted on August 14th, 2007 at 9:15 am.

Bridge Pedal 2006
The man behind Bridge Pedal,
Rick Bauman.
(File photo)

Continuing the drumbeat of dissatisfaction with this year’s Bridge Pedal is a front page story in the Metro section of today’s Oregonian that details the problems with the ride and grievances experienced by many participants.

Reporter Helen Jung opens the article with, “Officially, it’s called the Providence Bridge Pedal. But the annual bike ride over Portland’s bridges earned a new name Sunday — Providence Bridge Ped-debacle.”

Her story reveals new information about the now infamous Ross Island Bridge bottleneck:


Good times, bottlenecks mark 12th annual Bridge Pedal

Posted on August 12th, 2007 at 3:37 pm.

[Updated (see below) at 10:20am, 8/13]

The back-up before the Ross Island Bridge. (File photo)
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Love it or hate it, it’s Bridge Pedal time!

Posted on August 8th, 2007 at 11:57 am.

Bridge Pedal 2006
Bikes rule the city during
Bridge Pedal.
(File photo)

It’s that time of year again when the entire city surrenders to bicycles for the annual Bridge Pedal ride.

This Sunday close to 20,000 people are expected to register for their once-yearly chance to contemplate freeway bridge views undeterred by the noise and risk of motorized vehicles, and to ride free and proud, unfettered by inconvenient traffic laws and the confines of bike lanes.

Call it Critical Mass for soccer moms, or a massive waste of time. Whatever you think, there’s no denying that it is a cycling spectacle like no other.


Taking time to savor Bridge Pedal

Posted on August 14th, 2006 at 9:33 am.

Bridge Pedal 2006

Usually when I go to an event like Bridge Pedal I’m running and riding around like crazy, trying to get good photos and talk to as many people as I can. I enjoy that tremendously, but this time I brought the family along to savor the spectacle with them (and 18,000 or so fellow Portlanders). It was nice to just ride and not be in full reporter mode.

We planned on doing the 10-bridge route, but arrived at the Morrison Bridge only to hear that the route was closed so we started with the 8 and 6 bridge riders.

Once at the start, I noticed Rick Baumann, the man behind it all. I can’t imagine the amount of stress on this guy’s shoulders that must come with shutting down so many roads and bridges and trying to make 18,000 people happy.


Sneak peek at new Bridge Pedal helmet

Posted on June 12th, 2006 at 6:48 am.

Bridge Pedal head honcho Rick Baumann just sent me these photos of the 2006 Bridge Pedal commemorative helmet.

Graphic designer Michael Morrow and his Portland-based company Nutcase Helmets, have created what is sure to be a popular item. I was lucky enough to grab one of last year’s helmets (thanks Ric!) and I’m looking forward to adding this one to my collection.


Commissioner Sam wants feedback on Bridge Pedal

Posted on August 15th, 2005 at 9:54 am.

[PLEASE NOTE: This post is from 2005. If you’d like to comment on the 2007 Bridge Pedal, please do so here. Thanks.]

Bridge Pedal, 2005. Portland ORSam Adams, recently voted “Best Local Blogger” and “Best Member of the City Council” by the Willy Week, is asking for your feedback about how to make next year’s Bridge Pedal even better.

There were several bottlenecks where we were forced to walk and I’ve also heard of several people that were accidently mis-led on the route. Sam is especially interested in the logistics and planning of this event because he was recently given the responsibility of transportation issues for the city of Portland.

So get over to Sam’s blog and leave your input.

Bridge Pedalers take over the city

Posted on August 14th, 2005 at 10:10 pm.

Bridge Pedal, 2005. Portland OR
Bridge Pedal, 2005. Portland OR
Bridge Pedal, 2005. Portland OR

With no sign of the new Maus baby yet, I decided to wake up early Sunday and do my first ever Bridge Pedal! I joined nearly 20,000 other people for a bridge biking bonanza the likes of which have never been seen.

There were bikes and people everywhere. Bands on the bridges made for a party-like atmosphere and everyone was out for a good time…it was a cycling smorgasbord, a bike buffet…pedaling pandemonium! From Sellwood to St. Johns, not a bridge was left uncrossed.

I showed up to the ride by myself, but I managed to meet quite a few interesting folks (and bikes) along the way. Including:

  • An old guy riding a vintage Pogliaghi road bike who raced on it back in the ’60s.
  • A fellow Portland blogger who I had previously only known online.
  • A woman who received a very cool Merlin Newsboy bike that morning as an anniversary present.
  • The guy who founded the Alpine Challenge Century.
  • Tons of really cool kids.
  • Joseph Ahearne, framebuilder extraordinaire, who was wrenching on the Marquam Bridge.
  • Jay Graves, owner of Bike Gallery, who gave my old bike a much needed tune-up (thanks Jay!).
  • A woman from Holland who was riding one of those awesome “Gazelle” 3-speed city bikes.
  • Commissioner Sam Adams who was handing out “Go Platinum, Portland” reflectors on the Fremont Bridge.
  • Peter, a fledgling Veloshop racer sporting his pink lycra.
  • Aaron Tarfman, bike activist and founder of the Body Power website.
  • …and many more of my bike-loving brethren.

Check out more great photos on the BikePortland.org photostream.

Portlandia goes bikey

Posted on August 11th, 2005 at 6:28 am.

Bridge Pedal - Portlandia sculpture ceremony
Bridge Pedal - Portlandia sculpture ceremony

Yesterday, Mayor Potter officially kicked off the 10th annual Bridge Pedal ride with a ceremony downtown. The press conference was held in front of the Portlandia sculpture across from the Portland Building. I wasn’t able to be there, but thanks to Roger Geller I’ve added a few photos of the festivities to the BikePortland photostream.

The coolest thing is that Ms. Portlandia is now officially bikey. She is adorned with a commemorative Bridge Pedal helmet, she finally got a bike to call her own, and you’ve got to love the special, 10 bridge birthday cake.

18,000 signed up for Bridge Pedal

Posted on August 10th, 2005 at 8:30 am.

cyclists in Portland ORThe Oregonian is reporting a whopping 18,000 people have registered for the 1oth annual Bridge Pedal ride this year. Wow. That’s going to be an amazing day for bicycles in Portland.

I can’t make it this year because I’m expecting my 2nd child sometime that same week! Gotta stay close to the nest if you know what I mean.

If anyone would like to take pictures for the BikePortland.org photostream (which is nearing 500 images!), please get in touch.