Weekend Event Guide – Bike to Work Day edition

Big wheels and big fun
await Urban Assaulters on Sunday.
(Photo: Dan Liu/BikePortland)

Since it’s Bike Month, you’ll notice a few special Bike to Work Day events listed in this week’s guide. We’ve also got our first-ever listing of a ride to hunt for a stolen bike. Awesome. Good luck!

Now, get out your calendars and check out all the wonderfulness that is our region’s plethora of bike events coming up in the next three days…

Friday, May 21st

6:30 – 8:30am: Breakfast on the Bridge – I-205 Path
Hosted by PBOT’s Transportation Options crew, come enjoy free coffee and treats on the I-205 path at the E Burnside overpass. Members of the East Portland Action Plan Bike Subcommittee, folks from non-profit Friends of Trees, and ODOT employees will be joining the fun.

7:30 – 9:00am: Lloyd TMA Bike to Work Day Party
This is a great annual event. Join the folks who help promote transportation options in the Lloyd District for free entertainment, breakfast, bike check-ups, massages, and more. There’s even lots of door prizes up for grabs like gift certificates to Bike Gallery and Lloyd Center Mall.

8:00 – 10:00am and 3:00 – 6:00pm: Bike to Work Day at Hotel Monaco
Hotel Monaco (you might remember them for their “carless vacation” package) in downtown Portland will celebrate the big day with free bike tune-ups and food “specially made for commuters.” Stop by during the morning or evening rush hour.

Saturday, May 22nd

All Day: Mt. Tabor Circuit Race
A Portland classic, this is a beautiful and challenging race that’s also fun to watch. Spend the day in the park — racing or relaxing you can’t lose (well, actually you can lose if you race, but you catch my drift.)

9:00am – 1:00pm: Bike Fix-it Fair
Come out to Harrison Park School in outer SE Portland for free repair classes, a Safety Rodeo, tune-ups, a raffle, entertainment, snacks and more.

10:00am: Help Find the Rubin Family’s Stolen Foldable Bike
Many of you have been following the saga of the one-of-a-kind folding bike that was stolen from a local family last Saturday. They’re hosting another ride to help find the bike (which now has a $400 reward). Riders will fan out and pass out flyers and then enjoy pizza and drinks afterward. RSVP is requested to tamararubin@mac.com.

10:00am: Bike to the Farmers Market at PSU
Just a casual ride to the farmer’s market. No big whoop.

10:30am: Bike Move
Becoming a weekly occurrence! This one will go from Kenton to NE 65th.

1:00pm – 4:00pm: Architecture and Homes Tour (Alameda/Irvington)
Ride leader Jenny F. will take you on a cruise along the Alameda Ridge, an area she says is “chock-a-block with gorgeous homes.” Pace will be slow and laid-back and is more fun than educational.

Sunday, May 23rd

8:00am: Willamette Valley Vineyard Bike Ride and Hill Climb Challenge
This ride is sold out, but thought I’d let you know about it to plan for next year. Riders will choose a 10, 25, or 50 mile route through scenic roads in central Willamette Valley and finish at the vineyard with wine and “an incredible fajita buffet.”

9:00 am – 1:00pm: Pedaling in the Park
City of Tualatin is behind this new, family-friendly event. There will be a bike rodeo and “wacky bike games” for kids (and free helmets to the first 75 that show up), music, food, and a nearby lake to enjoy. For the older kids and adults, there’s a fun ride planned ride through the park and to the Tualatin River.

9:00am: Urban Assault Ride
This ride, hosted by New Belgium, always gets rave reviews. Sort of like an alleycat, teams romp and roll through the city performing silly tricks and stunts to pass a series of checkpoints. And of course the post-event party is legendary. Bonus points for being a benefit for the Northwest Trail Alliance.

4:00pm: Bike Tour and a Movie
Portland Bicycle Tours, Hopworks, and the Jupiter Hotel are hosting a series of bike tour and movie nights. Meet in NW Portland and take a city tour by bike, ending up at the hotel to watch the classic bike film, Quicksilver. $15 gets you the guided tour (by Evan Ross himself!), the movie (under Jupiter’s “Dream Tent”!) and one glass of HUB beer.

I know there’s more going on than I’ve listed here. Feel free to shamelessly promote your event in the comments!

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)

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14 years ago

Really? Bike breakfast on 205 path at burnside? I can hardly believe my eyes! On my route but on a work from home day, of course 🙂 Might go early and say hi to fellow routers anyway…

14 years ago

Re: Bike to Work Day – While it’s a little late to organize anything big, I challenge other Bike Commute Challenge team captains to push this just a bit to their teams.

And if you’re on my team (I’ve already sent the email), stop by my desk for a donut after you’ve locked up and peeled off your rain gear.

14 years ago

And, of course, there is also the Oregon Randonneurs Coast 600K on Saturday and Sunday


Perhaps if we did it on tall bikes, it would get bikeportland’s attention 😉

14 years ago

maybe because randonneuring attracts even less cyclists than the practice of vehicular cycling?

but seriously, do you send Jonathan press releases in advance of your rides?

14 years ago

as much as I wanted to bike to work today, and the rest of the week, I’m still a fair-weather rider and it was too wet out there to ride with no fenders…

14 years ago

We had just the right number of donuts (one was left over for me for after lunch!) and lots of cheerful grins from riders reloading on carbs.

Then I got to go out on a community ride with a group of fifth graders for their Bike Safety class. They handled the rain!

14 years ago

Spiffy, get some fenders, and rain gear. It is really no big deal to ride in the rain. Now the wind, that gets to be a hassle. But then I think about the idiots who pay money to run across a field with a parachute behind them and I just pedal on.

Michael Andersen (Contributor)

Belatedly, Jonathan – thanks a lot for the shout! The move went great Saturday.