See the Shift calendar for the full slate of events.
It’s that time again … when you realize that Pedalpalooza is almost over for the year and you’d better savor its final week. Here are a few highlights of bike fun from the seven days to come.
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.
In case you haven’t heard, Shift’s amazing month of bike fun is about to begin. Yes, the annual Pedalpalooza — with its 259 events (so far) over 24 days — is set to get rolling just one week from today. On that note, we came across this spirited email from Chris McCraw on the Shift email list the other day and figured it’d be fun to share. Take his advice, start preparing now for an optimal Pedalpalooza experience.
— by Chris “Fool” McCraw
It’s time to think about riding your bike…all the time, for 3.5 weeks straight! Get that tune-up, stock up on spare tubes, and make sure your butt loves your saddle. It’s the last minute NOW because you want to have your bike ready before the fun really gets started!
Now get yourself tuned up – do you know where your summer bike clothes are? Been putting off that doctor’s appt? Been to see the barber? Nobody wants to stop riding with a few thousand of their closest friends to take care of stuff that could happen anytime, and you know you wanna be in top shape to enjoy the rides and be looking sharp for the cutie you’re sure to meet on the happy streets. Might not be a bad idea to get caught up on laundry, too..
Four of the best weeks of biking you’ll see anywhere start June 5, but they only happen because people like you create them.
Anyone can keep adding rides after that, but they won’t be printed in the hard-copy calendar that appears in the Portland Mercury.
This year’s official poster, at right, is by local artist Gesine Krätzner. The festival is organized, as ever, by the volunteer group Shift in partnership with its fiscal agent Umbrella and with financial support from the Mercury, Stumptown Printers and the Portland Bureau of Transportation.