Pedalpalooza Day 8: Rides and reports

The fun keeps on rolling along. Yesterday was a rockin’ good time. I checked out the Graffiti Ride (photos) and the Sprockettes Dance Party (photos). Both had huge turnouts and they came together for a party on the Esplanade!


    5210 N. Kerby Ave. (Jefferson High School Cafeteria)
    6:00pm – 8:00pm
    Come let city transportation staff know where you ride, what needs to be fixed, and your dreams for a platinum bicycling city. This will be one of three public forums, this one focused on North and Northeast Portland.


    SE 17th & Taylor (Col. Summers Park at the pavilion)
    for this ride, think Move X Bike meets Carfree streets. we’re taking a living room and, vendors providing, a backyard on the road and to a few parking spaces near you. have trailer? bring your favorite chair (we’ll have a few, too). pretty potted plant? bring it! just yoiu and your bike? marvelous! let’s reinvent parking together!


    SW Park & Salmon St (South Park Blocks)
    George HW Bush coined the term Little Beirut during a visit here in 1990. This ride will tour Portland’s notorious urban riot locations past and present. However, no babies will be pepper-sprayed on this ride.


    1700 NE Alberta St. (The Community Cycling Center)
    7:00pm – 9:30pm
    Learn more about your bike by taking apart some of ours! The Community Cycling Center receives donated bikes to benefit programs for low-income children and adults. Bike that we cannot use are taken apart; we harvest usable parts and responsibly dispose of the rest.

    We provide the tools and an introduction to the night. Anyone under 18 must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. *Closed-Toed shoes required*


    NE Klickitat & NE 11th (Irving Park entrance at west end of Klickitat)
    7:30pm – 10:00pm, ride may end at rocky butte or irving park???

    ride to rocky butte to enjoy the sunset and panorama view of portland and the gorge! potluck style snacking, drinking. and dance party!! bring bike lights and a helmet.

Check the official Pedalpalooza calendar for more info.

Remember to leave a comment below with ride reports and links to photos!

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Adams Carroll (News Intern)

some damn nice photos from Rocky Butte sunset Ride by Dat Nguyen:

Click here for photos

Adams Carroll (News Intern)

Rocky Butte ride report from Savannah:

on thursday night 90 of us rode to rocky butte (followed by a second smaller super group). devo and tom waits joined us. orion from the pink love couriers pulled his turntables up the 1.4 mile butte and i pulled the other bits of the sound system (had to trade with brian s. half way up! and manuel pushed the trailer too!)

then we ate, chatted and danced. super fun!!!!
stayed til the second car battery died at 1130.

thanks to everyone! yummy food!!!
yea thanks orion from austin!!!! for dj dance fun!!!!!
yea dat for duper support on the climb and awesome photos…
mapmap on flicker has more photos:)

Adams Carroll (News Intern)

Little Beirut Tour ride report from Cody Cougar

Date: 15 June 2007
Start time: 18:30
Duration: Hour and a half
Approx. Distance: not sure, 6-8 miles
Number of riders: 16
Synopsis of ride: We visited the locations in chronological order of Portland\’s down-town urban riots. It was by no means an exhaustive tour. We mostly covered the years the ride leader had lived in Portland plus the 1970 riot at PSU for historical perspective. At each stop the ride leader shared a little of what he knew concerning the riot; what caused it and what transpired. The tour stops were roughly as follows:

1970: May 4-10 — Nixon-Cambodia/Kent State protest at PSU south park blocks
2000: May 1 — May Day march meets ILWU picket lines at Powell\’s Books on Burnside
2001: Jan 1 — Drunken hooligans party like it\’s Seattle on Morrison St west of Pioneer Square
2002: Aug 22 — Bush anti-war protest turns ugly when Babies Pepper-sprayed at 2nd & Alder
2003: March 20 — Shock and Awe protesters shut-down oil burners with sit-in at 2nd & Burnside; also visited the I-405 shut-down by Critical Mass that happened the same day

High points: One of the riders was present for the PSU campus riots and shared a little first hand accounts as he remembered them.

Low points: Boring lecture from a car-topper that we were endangering all cyclists by not being good roadway users. We should be riding single file (all 16 of us) so cars could pass freely and not be delayed. Else we risk them seeking retribution on him or other innocent and good cyclists. We patiently let him blab as he was holding up traffic behind himself while doing it, and there was none behind us. We\’re suckers for irony I reckon.

And what\’s the deal with BMW drivers that they invariably think they are they center of the world? That manufacturer\’s asshole appeal is exceeds any other I have known, regardless of product.

Would you do it again? If so, What would you change?
Sure. Going to a library and conducting real research for the tour would be nice, if gratutious. It\’s Pedalpalooza after all.