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7th annual Bunny on a Bike ride hops on Sunday

Posted by on April 2nd, 2010 at 9:48 am

Portlander Bethany Berson

This Sunday is one of my favorite Portland traditions — the Bunny on a Bike Ride. I can still remember back in April 2004; I had just moved to Portland and opened my copy of The Oregonian to see some crazy people riding together dressed up like bunnies.

Since then I’ve attended almost all of the Bunny on a Bike rides. Ride leader Carye Bye does an excellent job making it fun and interesting every year. There are stops at various parks, people bring tea and other goodies, and of course the bunny-inspired outfits are fantastic.

This year’s ride starts and finishes at Columbia Park (N. Lombard and Woolsey). Carye and her cohorts have designed an easy loop route that will take about two hours. The event is free and perfect for families and kids of all ages.

For some inspiration, check out my slideshow from the 2006 ride:

    Bunny on a Bike Ride
    2 – 4:30pm
    Meet at NW corner of Columbia Park (N. Lombard and Woolsey)
    More info here

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she’s not wearing a helmet!

Adam
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Adam

I love this ride! I did it for the first time last year. My only wish for this years’ ride – less stopping and standing around in parks etc (it was very cold) and more riding and getting all those smiles! But rad!

trail user
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trail user

be safe bunnies! don’t end up roadkill

carye bye
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carye bye

Hope to see you this year Jonathan! You always take such awesome photos as well. 🙂

The last two years have been convergence style rides.. This year it’s back to the Loop Ride with one mid-way stop. There is a lot of riding, and we expect to see lots of smiles. This year certainly won’t be very warm either! A perfect opportunity to wear you furry bunny suit.

Since we are a team this year – myself, Jenny Fosmire, and Chris Mccraw — I let myself plan a little more arty surprises than I have had time for before… this year the ride is a bit of a Play on Wheels with our muse Alice in Wonderland.

This ride is on low traffic roads, and safety in numbers. Kids are welcome with an adult, but riders under 8 are not recommended to ride solo.

Annie
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Annie

I really hope that helmet comment was a joke.

That being said, my ears were made to attach to my helmet. Just because it’s an easy anchor for their wire structure.

Barney
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Barney

Are you serious, this is biking news?

Also, don’t forget the reason for the holiday, it’s not about bunnies!

Opus the Poet
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Kawaii!! (so cute) we’re expecting temps in the mid 70s Easter morning with highs in the mid 80s here in TX, I hope you guys have good weather too.

Debbie
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Debbie

Thank you to Carye, Jenny, and Chris for all the hard work you’re doing to make this ride super special! It’s going to be amazing! People may not realize how much work goes into creating a ride like this – you really create an experience, and one that is fun for people of all ages. This is one of the events that makes Portland such a special place to be – and the ride 4 years ago is what got me into biking for real.

Zombie Jesus
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Zombie Jesus

Its not about bunnies. Its about brrraaiiiiiinnnss.

Todd Boulanger
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Todd Boulanger

Carye – have a great ride and dont forget to eat a lot of choco rabbits.

Opus the Poet – perhaps you will have to develop a ‘Kawaii by Bike’ ride for Pedal Palooza!

Anonymous
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I donno, I think Eostre would disagree her holiday is not partly about bunnies.

April
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April

Barney: You’ll notice the ride meets at 2pm. Which means that if you’re a church-goer, you’ll still have time to go to the morning service before the ride.

Being one of those terrible atheist-types myself, I’ll enjoy sleeping in before the ride!

D.R. Miller
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D.R. Miller

Barney, its an article about a bike ride. an annual tradition in Portland by now, at that. How is that not biking news?
And Easter is a holiday with multiple facets of meaning. The celebration of Jesus’ resurrection is a true and valid meaning of the day (which in its dating, liturgical symbolism and its name in non-english languages derives directly from the great Jewish holy day of Passover,) and so are eggs and rabbits and other ancient symbols of fertility, to say nothing of the word “Easter” itself (from a Germanic goddess of spring whose feast was around the same time as Passover.)
There’s a thing I like to say about Christmas, which applies to Easter as well, with no disrespect to those (such as myself actually) who celebrate the feasts of the Christian liturgical calendar: The season is the reason for the Season.

Ivana Tinkle
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Ivana Tinkle

It’s all about getting together in unity to have fun.

That’s all!

There’s a time and placed to celebrate the icon of your choice, this is not it.

Fun on bikes, dressed silly, with other fun-loving silly-dressed bikey people. That’s all…

Your can pray to the god of your choice when you get home.

carye bye
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carye bye

Here’s some photos from a few photographers – if you took some, add to flickr set!

http://www.flickr.com/groups/1357529@N24/

Also my ride report and all my photos:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/redbat/sets/72157623653403511/