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Simple Nature
08-08-2008, 08:07 AM
Who's going and which ride?

They say they're going to fix a few bugs uncovered last year.

It's a unique opportunity for PDX cyclist!

Hope to see you there.

08-08-2008, 08:27 AM
My Dad is celebrating his 18th Birthday again (it's his 42nd time doing so). So, I'm going to the Oregon Coast to participate in the celebration... When I get back, I've got to go to work...

So, this year, no Kenny (the 7' long Velo-saraptor (genus Bicyclasaurus) made from balloons attached to my trailer.

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Photo by J. Maus


08-08-2008, 09:11 AM
I'll be there with my merry band of friends-- we're doing the 37-mile, 11-bridge option.

I'll be wearing my 2008 Fat Cyclist jersey (new! Improved! Makes you 76% faster, and 84% better looking! More laterally stiff and vertically compliant!). If you see me, say hi! Introduce yourself!

Of course, the folks I'm with will to their best to average 16+mph over the entire ride; buncha numbers geeks. :)

And then.... the Bite! :)

Chilly Willy
08-08-2008, 11:04 AM
My wife and I are celebrating our Anniversary on Sunday, so we're taking it easy (Family Ride) so we have something left in the tank afterwards.

We both have clunky commuter bikes and are used to doing lots of short (4-5 mile) rides during the week- even though we rack up 100+ miles in a typical week, I think the longer rides would kill us. :)

08-08-2008, 11:25 AM
I'm waiting it out this year to see if the bugs are really gone. Last year was miserable.

But I have to work this weekend, so I'll be watching the whole thing from my office. I've got a pretty good view of 7 or 8 of the bridges from the 23rd floor.

08-09-2008, 06:51 AM
I'll be directing traffic somewhere by the west end of the Ross Island Bridge. Look for the guy with the goofy grin and the straw hat.

Have fun!

08-09-2008, 09:52 PM
Well, this will be my first Bridge Pedal, so I'm starting big with the 11-bridge ride, starting at 7:00 am.

There's nothing too noteworthy about my bike, but you might be able to spot my Sheldon Brown-esque helmet ornament. Have a fun ride and don't forget to introduce yourself.

08-09-2008, 11:39 PM
It'll be my first time, and honestly I am a little nervous. Mostly because of my bike. A red, schwinn fixy with no brakes. If you see me, feel free to chastise.

Simple Nature
08-10-2008, 11:54 AM
Raring to go and wating for the start. This year's 11 bridge early participants learned about *pre-start* or more aptly... false start... but a pile of people gazed upon the Fremont bridge for nearly 25 minutes until all the streets were cleared and the okay came back from organizers.

The temps this morning were great. Got down to the shorts and t-shirt right off the bat. No layering today! And daylight was well upon us... well, dawn was well underway before we were. Could not have been a better day for a ride!

I got to keep up with the pace car for a minute as the first rize wasn't too bad but next was the actual bridge climb... okay... climb for a recumbent... but the rush of the downhill onto 405 was in a word *EXCELLENT*... and I had a chance to catch my breath.

The route was fairly uneventful and going was smooth and the wonderful volunteers were right there to wave and smile. Someone needs to talk to Rozy... did someone tell the Portland PD not to smile or wave to the participants [some did!]? Anyway, everyone *else* waved back and some section had very enthusiastic volunteers. Great to see so many smiles cheering us on!

Although there was an attempt to keep groups from merging... the nearly 20 minute delay for the 11 bridge riders, the 8 bridge riders were again well merged at the Hawthorne bridge. It was really nice that both lanes of the Ross Island bridge were used for participants this year [YAE!]. Overall, I think the merge was reasonable and the combined group stretched out as the ride went on.

For me, the highlight of the of the ride is always the ST. John's bridge. Unfortunately there was only one lane reserved for PBP and both the 8 and 11 bridge groups were working on the climb to the bridge. Non the less, it is a spectacular view of the city! Lots of photo ops on the sidelines and still had room for a side by side traverse.

The Willamette Blvd route is always a nice section through the *burbs* and kids were on hand to wave and cheer. That section could be *a lot* longer for my pleasure.

So several of us actually did the *12* bridge ride as we needed to cross back over to get to our cars. Kind of strange... the start was at Kerby and the finish at Naito... so that meant that we got to do the Steel bridge as well.

Today I logged 39 miles... and according to reports... the second recumbent across the finish... and the first trike. I'll take this with a grain of salt if anyone wishes to claim better... I hit the finish at 9:32 according to my GPS.

Over all... I think this event was a success!
I feel quite good about being a part of this unique ride... 3 years now!


08-11-2008, 08:30 AM
The 2008 Bridge Pedal was way better than last year.

Riding across the 405 bridge and down the freeway (!) to the Marquam was amazing. All lanes bikes on the freeway. Just awesome.

One lane of bikes on highway 30 was the only place that didn't work very well. Too many bikes and not enough room!! That's the one place I'd urge the organizers to take more room away from the cars and trucks.

Seeing all those bikes on all those bridges was a real treat. Everyone I saw appeared to be having a good time, really friendly.

There were still the same problems you get when you mix a huge crowd of riders of mixed abilities... this year, I saw more people on cell phones while riding than ever. Dangerous! Hang up!! I agree with the commentors on the blog post that the organizers should at least post something on their web site about proper ride etiquette-- slower vehicles keep right, look before turning or merging, signal your intentions... stuff like that.

And yeah, I also ended up with 12 bridges, as we parked up by Emmanuel (although not in their visitors lot, I thought that would be rude-- there are sick people there, and families and friends visiting need a place to park), so my ride ended up being just over 40 miles. :)

08-11-2008, 08:40 AM
After driving to the coast, flinging Nieces around, and driving back, I didn't have the stamina to work at PSM on Sunday... So, I did the only thing a self-respecting cyclist could do... The Bridge Pedal!

I pulled out the camera, and managed to take a few shots, however for some reason, my starting line shots didn't turn out (though I have an idea, and I suspect that I'll find them in another folder on my computer).

I was taking pictures of a hazard (rotted/rutted road) just off the Ross Island bridge when a 10 year-old girl was brought down by another rider who passed her dangerously close and caused her to crash. I helped clear the bikes that were dropped at the crash scene and then acted as a blocker to prevent anyone from crashing into the people who where responding to her. Two Doctors, one a rider, the other a volunteer, were onhand almost immediatly. It appeared that the little girl's wrist was broken, and it brings me to tears to think about seeing her crying in pain.

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Mia, honey, I hope you are feeling much better, and will get well soon.

After the Ambulance and Fire Truck arrived, I continued on my ride.

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The NEXT Big Thing Downtown...

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Another little guy and his Mom at the rest area

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Started, and finished the ride with these guys

In all, I saw a lot of people having fun, and so did I, but it was tempered by the crash. I've uploaded my pics on flickr in a set (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ufobike/sets/72157606665939769/), (or slideshow (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ufobike/sets/72157606665939769/show)) so check them out if you'd like.

After the ride, I met Scott Bricker (http://bikeportland.org/forum/showthread.php?t=2254) of the BTA... but that's a different thread...

Be Careful Out There!

Simple Nature
08-11-2008, 10:41 AM
Glad you made it to the ride, K'Tesh... and I too hope the little girl will heal well.

Great pictures. For those who find blogs or photo streams, please post them.

This is Oregon Live's blog:

...and photos

So, Simple Nature - Did you get any pictures? ;) - K'Tesh

08-11-2008, 12:52 PM
Did the idjit who brought her down have the common decency to stop and help out/apologize/flagellate himself in agony?

Once again, why is it that people think that if you know how to pedal, steer, and brake, that you know how to operate a bike safely?

--jason "leaning towards getting that LCI certification" p.

I was taking pictures of a hazard (rotted/rutted road) just off the Ross Island bridge when a 10 year-old girl was brought down by another rider who passed her dangerously close and caused her to crash.K'Tesh

08-11-2008, 03:45 PM
Did the idjit who brought her down have the common decency to stop and help out/apologize/flagellate himself in agony?

I have no idea if the person exchanged any info or ran off, I was looking out on how I could get the lane cleared and the responders shielded from. By the time I was shielding the responders only the Father, Mother, the two doctors, and a volunteer were around her.

I prepare for so many things, sometimes I encounter a unique situation, and don't know how to respond, and yes I've been kicking myself for not trying to get more info for the family.

I hope everybody had a fun and safe time
Rubberside Down!