Posted by Elly Blue (Columnist) on May 22nd, 2009 at 10:40 am
It’s the long weekend, it’s going to be beautiful, and as always there is a lot going on in the wide world of bikes.
Human Power Challenge
Join Oregon Human Powered Vehicles at PIR for a weekend-long series of drag races, time trials, and displays of skill, agility, and speed — all powered by people, though this year features the first race with an electric assist category. It’s free to come watch the spectacle.
Check out our photos from the 2006 races, and this year’s racing schedule .
Friday, May 22nd
Tonight PSU Transportation Options presents a free screening of “Veer,” a documentary that covers many aspects of Portland’s bike culture, and which has been enjoying successful screenings and awards (including Best Documentary at the Calgary Film Festival). Read our review here.
5th Avenue Cinemas (510 SW Hall St.)
Limited seating: RSVP to Alicia Crain
Free to PSU students, donation requested from public
Proceeds benefit IPBI
North Freak presents the Loud and Lit Ride
Bling out yourself and your bike with lights, fire, stupidity, whatever, and come ride, party and dance through the night to the loudest bike sound systems in Portland.
Trophies and Prizes for the best lit bike/rider combo, as well as loudest sound system, so come prepared!
Meet at Irving Park (NE 7th Ave and Fargo St), ride to mystery jousting location
Fourth Friday of every month
Saturday, May 23rd
Tour de Homes — Alberta
Join local realtor Kirsten Kaufman in a bike-eye-view tour of houses for sale, geared towards people who are seeking homes where they can easily incorporate bicycling into their daily lives.
Advance registration required, more information here
Safe Routes to Work
Meet at Delphina’s Bakery (4636 NE 42nd at 9AM) for a guided bike ride that will help you “Ditch the car and discover the best route to safely ride your bike to work.” The free ride is hosted by Pedal Bike Tours. RSVP at email@example.com or call (503) 916-9704
Sunday, May 24th
Underpants and Heavy Cans
This “unique food drive” is an alleycat style race where checkpoints are grocery stores, winners are judged on weight carried rather than speed, and prizes include specially made underpants. Benefits the Oregon Food Bank, and will incorporate a stop by the LAF block party (details below).
Register 12-1, Ride starts at 1:00
Entry fee: $2 – All riders welcome!
Meet at Vera Katz statue on Eastbank Esplanade north of Hawthorne Bridge
Sponsors: Cars-R-Coffins, Swobo, Surly, BikeTiresDirect.com, Rapha, Roots Brewing
Lance Armstrong Foundation Benefit Block Party
Laurelwood Brewery and a Portland-based professional cycling team are hosting a benefit ride and block party to raise funds for the cancer-oriented Lance Armstrong Foundation.
Laurelwood Brewery & Public House, 5115 NE Sandy Blvd
Entry Fee: $20.00