Shift Bike Bulletin: September

Shift‘s monthly Bike Bulletin is an essential Portland bike event and ride listing. Instead of just having it sit in my inbox each month, I’ve decided to start posting it here on I’ve been trying to figure out a way to post more rides and events, so I’ll try this and see how it goes. I’m working on a more comprehensive, user-friendly event-listing system…but for now, this will serve as a quick-and-dirty shortcut.

So here it is. Get your calendar out, save these dates, and start planning for some major bike fun!

September 2005

Ride Portland’s Off-Street Bike Paths – I-205

Tuesday, August 30
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Shogren House, NE 62nd between Davis & Glisan
We’ll ride north (possibly all the way to Marine Drive).
Website for more info
Contact: 503.823.5266,

Ride Portland’s Springwater on the Willamette
Wednesday, August 31
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Laurelhurst Park, SE 37th & Oak
Enjoy the newest of Portland’s linear parks.
Website for more info
Contact: 503.823.5266,

BTA Bike Commute Challenge
Ride for rewards from September 1 through September 30. Challenge yourself, challenge your friends! Since 1995, the BTA’s Bike Commute Day and Bike Commute Challenge have been encouraging people to get to work–by bike!
Website for more info

Wild in the City: Of Bikes, Birds, and Bond Measures
Saturday, September 3
5:30 – 8:30 pm
Peninsula Park Community Center, 700 N Portland Blvd
Join Jim Labbe, Audubon Society, and the BTA to celebrate greenspaces in North Portland. Learn about the history of North Portland Parks, celebrate recent park and trail acquisitions, and discuss future prospects for expanded bike trails and natural area protection/restoration. And check out the birds.
Website for more info
Contact: Karen Munday

2005 Chunkathlon
Sunday, September 4
Registration begins at 12:30 pm, events start at 2:30 pm
Free Geek, 1731 SE 10th Ave
CHUNK 666, the west coast’s oldest mutant bicycle club, brings to you the 2005 CHUNKATHALON. Watch as teams of four compete against each other in various events including the Gauntlet of Obsolete Technology Challenge, Team Baby Rescue, Derby Royale, Keg Trike Blanket Pull, an Essay Contest, the Legion of Ghost Riders, and a Historical Reenactment.
Website for more info
Contact: Silken,

Slug Velo – Cruisin’ the ‘Couve
Saturday, September 10
10:00 am
Esther Short Park, W Columbia St and 8th St, Vancouver, WA
This ride will take us to Lower River Road and onward through industrial parks, rich bird habitat and farmland eventually coming to Vancouver Lake Park. Those who wish can continue on to Frenchman’s Bar Park and the Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge.
Website for more info
Contact: Beth,

The 2nd Annual S.S. Pussycat!
Sunday, September 11
2:00 pm
Colonel Summers Park, SE 20th and Belmont
A Women and Trans Alleycat Race. Race from stop to stop celebrating women making their mark in Portland and competing for fabulous prizes. Points (not speed) based so all levels of women and trans riders are encouraged to join the fun.
Contact: or Tori, 503.460.2374

World Carfree Day is September 22.
website for more info

SHIFT K2K-3: the (third) Karaoke to Karaoke Pub Crawl
Friday, September 23, 7:00 pm
Chopsticks, 2651 E Burnside
Sing Karaoke, then get on your bike and ride to the next Karaoke joint – while singing Karaoke! Battery powered machine means you never have to say you’re sorry.
Contact: Timo,

Women on Bikes Ride – Marine Drive/I-205
Saturday, September 24
9:00 – 11:00 am
Laurelhurst Park, SE 33rd and Oak
Join us for a guided 10-12 mile ride. Ride out to the Columbia River on the I-205 Path. No one will be left behind.
Website for more info
Contact: 503-823-5358,

Veloshop 2005 Cyclocross Season Opener
Saturday, September 24
11:30 am
Hood River, OR
Kick off the cyclocross season in Hood River with Veloshop! Bring the whole family and enjoy a beautiful early fall day in the Columbia River Gorge. Come out and race, or just watch!
Website for more info

Cheer Bicyclists at Lance Armstrong Livestrong Ride
Sunday, September 25
8:30 – 11:00 am
Mountain Home Rd at Hwy 219 in Scholls, and climbing 2 miles to top of Mountain Home Rd
Tom and Cheryl Edwards are hosting the first rest stop for the Armstrong ride to raise money for cancer, and are looking for people to cheer bicyclists up the climb. So, grab your friends and family to come out and have some fun. Help line the hill with clappers and costumed spectators…just like in the tour! Let’s show these people we are behind them and their fight.
Contact: Tom Edwards,

SHIFT Breakfast on the Bridges
Friday, September 30
7:00 – 9:00 am
Hawthorne Bridge and Broadway Bridge
Stop and have breakfast with us on your way to work!
Free coffee and pastries!
…and tardy slips, so you can show up late to work!
Contact: Timo,

Critical Mass Ride
Friday, September 30
Meet at 5:30, ride at 6
North Park Blocks, NW Park and Couch
Bicycling’s monthly celebration. Be there, Ride, Represent.
Obey the laws, and have fun!

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)

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