Urban Tribe - Ride with your kids in front.

The ‘Tour de Ladd’; Portland’s first bike-a-thon

Posted by on October 3rd, 2008 at 3:54 pm

Tour de Ladd-12.jpg

Eager to ride.
-Watch video below-
(Photos J. Maus)

This morning, despite a steady stream of rain, hundreds of Abernethy Elementary School kids took part in a new spin on the the traditional walk-a-thon fundraiser; they did a bike-a-thon.

Dubbed the Tour de Ladd, organizers of the event closed a loop of streets adjacent to the Southeast Portland school (hence the name) so the kids could pedal around the neighborhood and enjoy the blooming roses and carfree streets.

Volunteer Mia Birk has two kids at the school and she helped organize the event. Birk said over 80% of the kids (350 kids total) participated and she and other volunteers outfitted all of them with helmets (provided by Legacy Hospital).

The event also had a lot of support from community businesses and organizations including River City Bicycles, Clever Cycles, Seven Corners, A Better Cycle, Bike Gallery, Lakeside Cycles, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance and Legacy Emanuel Hospital.

Tour de Ladd-13.jpg

City Commissioner Nick Fish and
Officers Pickett and Park from
the SE Bike Patrol led the kids out on
their first lap.

City Commissioner Nick Fish stopped by the event on his way to City Hall and rode with the kids for a few laps. It was great to see the newest member of City Council showing support and participating in a bike event.

Hear interviews with Mia Birk, Commissioner Fish, and more in the video report below. You can also view more images in the Tour de Ladd photo gallery:

NOTE: We love your comments and work hard to ensure they are productive, considerate, and welcoming of all perspectives. Disagreements are encouraged, but only if done with tact and respect. If you see a mean or inappropriate comment, please contact us and we'll take a look at it right away. Thank you.

  • Angela Koch October 3, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    That is absolutely spectacular. Congratulations to all the organizers and thank you Mia for once again showing us all how cool bikes + kids can be!

    When can we do Tour de Buckman?!

    Recommended Thumb up 0

  • toddistic October 3, 2008 at 4:12 pm

    Scofflaw kids! Enjoying the streets! The PPB was there, handing out $242 fines for all these scofflaw “kydclists” who ran stops signs! It was a fundraiser for the police dept. too!

    Recommended Thumb up 0

  • Jonathan Maus (Editor) October 3, 2008 at 4:16 pm


    dude. don’t go raining on the parade with your talk about cops and tickets. not on this post. this is a family-friendly post full of smiles and goodness… let’s save the PPB/stop sign chat for another day.


    Recommended Thumb up 0

  • toddistic October 3, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    Sorry about that Jonathan! Didn’t meant to offend, feel free to delete the aboved referenced post.

    Recommended Thumb up 0

  • Bob October 3, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    What a great concept. These kids are the future of biking in this city and the look awesome. Now let’s work on getting these kids to bike/walk to school every day!

    Recommended Thumb up 0

  • L October 3, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    Cool! I wondered why all the streets around there were blocked off this morning.

    Recommended Thumb up 0

  • Laurie October 3, 2008 at 8:54 pm

    Fabulous! Congratulations to Mia for an outstanding idea and event! What a great way to get kids excited about biking, to make sure helmets are properly fitted, and raise money. Way to go!!

    Recommended Thumb up 0

  • Robert Ping October 3, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    Great job, Abernethy kids, parents and volunteers!! It is so cool that so many kids came out in the rain and were smiling and having fun.

    Recommended Thumb up 0

  • […] And a great plug from Jonathan Maus @ BikePortland.org. […]

    Recommended Thumb up 0

  • Gotta Sweep them Bike Lanes | October 15, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    […] was a glorious national bike/walk to school day last week, the weather dry and fresh and warm. Tour de Ladd went off without a hitch. The third year was certainly the charm for our stellar little bikeathon, […]

    Recommended Thumb up 0