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Bikes at Alberta Art Hop

A scene from last year’s
Alberta Art Hop Parade!
(Photo © J. Maus)

If you’re looking for something to do on a bike this weekend, check out the events listed below.

Saturday, May 17

Gorge Bike and Hike
Led by Exchange Cycle Tours: Join us for a moderately paced ride out to the gorge, followed by a beautiful 2 mile hike before biking back to PDX. Total miles: 56, some hill climbing.
More info here

Reach the Beach
Couch potatoes, weekend warriors, and seasoned cyclists alike, will enjoy one of five different routes through Oregon’s wine country, forests, and little known towns. All routes end at Cape Kiwanda in beautiful Pacific City at the Oregon Coast.
More info here

ReDirect Guide’s Greener Homes and Gardens Show
Portland Expo Center (2060 N Marine Dr)
Sat. and Sun. opens at 10:00am
This year’s event is poised to be our biggest and best show, displaying many exciting new features including the Alternative Ride and Drive-in Theater, Creative and Custom Bike Competition, and a Seed Swap hosted by NW RAGE.

Bike Farm Grand Opening Block Party

Lots of awesome stuff planned
for the Bike Farm Block Party.
(Click to enlarge)

11am – 6pm
NE 13th and Woodlawn
Free admission, All ages welcome
Live music, food, beer, raffle, booths full of cool stuff
More info here and at

Bear Springs Trap MTB Event (Saturday and Sunday)
Mountain bike racing at its finest. Event located at McCubbins Gulch in the Mt. Hood National Forest near Bear Springs Ranger station
More info here

Intersection Repair Bike Move
11:00am, Miller Paint, 317 SE Grand Ave
Help move lots of gallons of paints to neighborhoods across the city that will paint their intersection! Teams of two or more will transport paint from the center of the city to Sunnyside Piazza, Piedmont Penguins, Share-It Square, Freda’s Tree and Dignity Village neighborhood intersections.
More info here

Welcome to Portland Bike Tour
11:00am (Powells Books bike area, W Burnside St & NW 10th Ave)
In collaboration with, we’ll be having a ride to show invading couchsurfers from Seattle and Vancouver B.C. around town. Other travelers are welcome to join in and locals are encouraged to come along and share their knowledge.
More info here

Art Hop – Bike Parade and Pretty Dress Ride
2:00pm – 3:30pm (King School, NE Alberta St and 6th Ave)
Let’s shine up our hottest bikes and parade ourselves down Alberta Street to show off the who’s who of Portland bike culture during the Art Hop’s annual parade! We want to see all sorts of bike culture clans: Tall bikes, clowns, sweet schwinns, minis, move-by-bike, shifties, tandems, recumbents, unicycles, bmx, trikes, families & kids & more. Also everyone is invited to wear a pretty dress! As this is also the annual May pretty dress ride.
More info here

Sunday, May 18th

Beginning – Intermediate Level Road Ride
Woodstock Bike Gallery (4235 SE Woodstock Blvd)
9:00am, Every Sunday
Meet at Woodstock Bike Gallery for a 20-30 mile road ride, some hills, but no rider left behind.
More info here

Weekly Women’s Rides
Hollywood Bike Gallery (5329 NE Sandy Blvd)
9:00am – 11:30am, Every Sunday
More info here

Bonnie’s Bike Move
12:15pm (3725 SE Rhine St Apt 10A (access from SE 36th Ave)
To celebrate going car free and going on a bike tour, I’m moving! Please bring a trailer, if you have one. I have lots of furniture and stuff. Did I say lots? Yes!
More info here

Bike Polo
2:30pm (every Sunday – Alberta Park, NE 21st and Killingsworth)
Bike Polo has been played nearly every Sunday at Alberta Park for over five years. Great for spectators this bike polo is rated PG-13 for profanity, violence, sexuality and gratuitous fun.
More info here

9:00pm (Every Sunday – SW 10th Ave and Oak St)
Come ride with us, everyone welcome! We like to ride kid’s bikes down hills at night, it sounds silly and it is silly, but a crapload of fun too!
More info here

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)

Founder of BikePortland (in 2005). Father of three. North Portlander. Basketball lover. Car owner and driver. If you have questions or feedback about this site or my work, feel free to contact me at @jonathan_maus on Twitter, via email at, or phone/text at 503-706-8804. Also, if you read and appreciate this site, please become a supporter.

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15 years ago

Alberta will be closed to cars for the entire Art Hop too! From 12th to 30th.

Zachary Benjamin
Zachary Benjamin
15 years ago

There\’s also a brewery ride happening this weekend. Sunday, 11am, 6 stops total. First stop is the new Deschutes Brewery, on the corner of NW Davis and 11th.

Scott H
Scott H
15 years ago

Reach the Beach is where it\’s at!

15 years ago

My Move by Bike! 12 noon Sunday. Check the SHIFT calendar for details. Lots of food and refreshing adult beverages for movers (in case you need some motivation).

15 years ago

Anyone know what happened with the, \”Intersection Repair Bike Move\”? I was there, albeit 15 minutes late, and there was no sign of any of that. I assumed it had something to do with City Repair\’s Village Building Convergence, but now that I look that up, I see that doesn\’t start until the 23rd. Hmmm…

15 years ago

Scott H is right, Reach the Beach was the place to be this past weekend. Over 2,400 riders came out in support of the American Lung Association of Oregon and they raised over $385,000 to fulfill the ALAO\’s mission of preventing lung disease and promoting lung health. That will make a big difference for Oregonians living with respiratory ailments like asthma, emphysema and lung cancer. IMPRESSIVE.

Sure the weather was hot, hot, hot, but water was ample and support vehicles were circulating the course to offer rides to any tired riders. There was no shortage of happy, victorious smiles at the refreshing finish line beach party in Pacific City.

This year marked year 18 of this ride of beautiful rural Oregon routes. I hope you\’ll join us next year (May 16, 2009).

~ Ayleen and the Reach the Beach team