Over the weekend, the folks behind Portland’s proud “move by bike” tradition took on one of their biggest challenges ever; a 12 mile bike move from out past Clackamas Town Center to inner southeast Portland.
A regular at Portland bike events, and the subject of the move Matt Picio, said he was “tired of living out in the hinterlands” so he put out the call for help on the trusty Shift email list.
According to fellow bike mover Brad Reber, 27 people showed up at Matt’s apartment on a chilly Saturday morning, eager to help and ready to fill their baskets, pannier bags, and cargo trailers.
After fueling up on pastries, donuts, and coffee they pedaled through suburbia together, laden with all manner of stuff including desks, tables, and mattresses.
“There were so many of us we had to cross intersections in waves of three,” said Brad.
Once into Portland, they were rewarded with a sense of accomplishment, loads of good karma, and of course plenty of free beer and pizza.