Your guide to Bike Month in Portland

Bike to Work Breakfast at Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland in 1995. From L to R: State Rep Chris Beck, Metro Councilor
Ed Washington and local celebrity Darcelle.
Check out that old BTA banner!
(Photo dug up from PBOT archives by Jeff Smith)

Every month is Bike Month in Portland. But since May is National Bike Month, in the next few weeks you’ll find a ton of special events with a focus on making bike commuting fun and easy.

Below is a round-up of Bike Month-specific events to take advantage of:

Lloyd TMA event flyer

Bike to Work Breakfast (PBOT)
Tuesday 5/11, from 7:30 to 9:00 am
Pioneer Courthouse Square

This is a grand Portland tradition that goes back to the 1970s. Join your friends from PBOT for free pancakes, donuts, coffee, bagels, fruit and other goodies. More info here.

Bike to Work Day Celebration (Lloyd TMA)
Friday 5/21, 7:30 – 9:00 am
Oregon Square (NE Holladay between NE 7th and 9th)

Join the nice folks at Lloyd TMA for their annual biking bash. Lots of free stuff including bike check-ups by Bike Gallery, door prizes, live music, massages, and a continental breakfast. Did I mention it’s all free? More info at

Bike Booth at PSU Farmers Market
Every Saturday in May!
SW Park Blocks

Stop by the bike booth at the PSU Farmer’s Market every Saturday in May for tips and clinics from experts on how to shop local with your bike.

Bike Commute 101 Workshops (Bicycle Transportation Alliance)
Thursday 5/6, 5:30 – 6:30pm in Old Town
Wednesday, 5/19, 12pm – 1pm in Downtown Portland
Friday, 5/21, 12pm – 1pm at Gresham City Hall

The BTA is hosting three of their well-reputed Bike Commute 101 workshops this month. Join them to learn about gear, where to find route maps, what to do about helmet hair, and how to ride safely and legally. Check out for locations and full details.

For more on Bike Month, visit Metro’s Drive Less Save More campaign site where you can download a Bike Month calendar, view more events happening around the region, and more.

If you’ve already got the daily biking thing down, this is a great month to share what you know with a friend, co-worker, etc… Just imagine if everyone reading this encouraged one person to try biking to work this month!

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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13 years ago

The Community Cycling Center will be at the Lloyd TMA event on the 21st and we’ll be taking I ride portraits!

13 years ago

Also don’t forget the Sunday Parkway May 16. They need volunteers to help control the flow (intersection superheros) so sign up, it’s actually quite fun, and you’ll have plenty of time to ride the route looking good in your volunteer shirt!

Paul Tay
Paul Tay
13 years ago

Is Darcelle a local drag queen or is he just on the Pretty Dress Bike Ride?

Ok, now I feel horrible for askin’. Not really.

13 years ago

Darcelle is a famous local female impersonator, Paul.

Hanmade, where is this event you speak of? Details, please?

Steve Hoyt-McBeth
Steve Hoyt-McBeth
13 years ago

Jonathan, thanks for the publicity on the City’s May 11th bike breakfast event at Pioneer Square.

And I’ll have you know that our PBOT Transportation Options chefs, Jeff Smith and Dan Bower, were not scheduled to make pancakes, but pigs in a blanket. But since you published it, they’re going to make pancakes.

Don’t ever say that bureaucrats are inflexible.

matt picio
13 years ago


Darcelle is not “a”, but “THE”, as in “archetypical”. Darcelle’s is Portland’s premiere impresonator revue, and a local legend.

matt picio
13 years ago

and I can’t spel. Should be “impersonator”

Paul Tay
Paul Tay
13 years ago

Ooooooooooooooooooooh, myyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawd! I’m almost speechless, on soooooo many levels.

1) I can’t imagine any local politician I know who would be in the same picture with a female impersonator, in public. In the privacy of their own homes, hey, anything goes.

2) Are female impersonators better than blondes when talking cops out of tickets?

3) Next years Pedal Nation should include more functional, but stylish, bike dresses for males in the fashion show. The bike pants thus far are way too bland, too serious, and too staid. I prefer my biking dresses to be big, fluffy, floppy, and very busy flowery. Great safety items, as well as causing a scene, and major drama, with rednecks at the red.