Weekend Guide and Open Thread

Human Powered Challenge

Human-powered speed machines
race this weekend at PIR
(Photo © J. Maus)

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.

All weekend

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

“Veer” Screening
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 info@pedalbiketours.com or call (503) 916-9704

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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

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Elly Blue has been writing about bicycling and carfree issues for BikePortland.org since 2006. Find her at http://takingthelane.com

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14 years ago

Let me add about Human Powered Challenge at PIR – the race is only one attraction – there’s been a casual tradition of bring out your wackiest, strangest human powered machines and showing them to each other and sometimes letting people ride them!

I’ll bring my Trice Q – if you ask nicely, I’ll let you take it for a quick spin. If you’ve ever been curious about recumbents, you should check it out.

John Lascurettes
14 years ago

There’s the Zoobomb monument dedication going on tonight too at 5.

14 years ago

John, thought that was next week??

14 years ago

Yep. definitely next week.

14 years ago

@ #2 the zoobomb monument will be dedicated next friday.

John Lascurettes
14 years ago

My bad. Realized that having just walked up there.

Barbara Kilts
Barbara Kilts
14 years ago

Also associated with the PIR Human Power races this year is the 3rd Annual Left Coast Velomobile Gathering. Folks from up and down the coast will be bringing their velos for socializing and riding. They’ll be touring the waterfront on Saturday, then doing the Springwater/ Marine Drive loop on Sunday. Look out for these sleek machines invading town!


Duncan Watson
14 years ago

The HPC event at PIR was a blast this year. The weather was perfect and the racing was a ton of fun. I took a ton of pictures – http://www.flickr.com/photos/watson_house/sets/72157618612562069/

carless in pdx
carless in pdx
14 years ago

Portland to the coast and back! 150 miles roundtrip.

The weather out there was just pefect. Did anyone else make it out on a good ride?

Bent Bloke
Bent Bloke
14 years ago

I was in Davis for the weekend. What a great cycling town! I didn’t have a bike with me (next time!), but did some walking around. I like how they’ve integrated bike lanes with arterial streets. Many of the main arterials have no on-street parking, so there is no danger of being doored. Wish we’d do that to SE Division east of 82nd …