‘Bike the Lights’ returns to PIR for second year

Many people braved 20-degree temps to see the (carfree) light displays at PIR last year.
(Photos © J. Maus)


After its successful debut last year, the Winter Wonderland light display event at Portland International Raceway will once again feature a bike-only night this year.

Winter Wonderland-Bike Night at PIR-17

All bundled up.

Newly named, “Bike the Lights” happens this Monday (12/6) from 5:00 to 9:00 pm and will be hosted by Bike Gallery. Ticket sales from the event will benefit the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA). Last year, the event was held on one of the coldest nights of the year; but that didn’t stop lots of hardy souls from bundling up and biking out to it. Those that did were greeted with hot cocoa provided by Bike Gallery (they also provided their shop van as a warming hut) and candy canes and hot tea from Pedal Bike Tours.

Bike the Lights is the carfree version of the Winter Wonderland event that has been held since 1993. On Monday, the racetrack at PIR will be 100% carfree, which means you can roll peacefully past a bunch of fun and kitschy holiday light displays. Admission is $6 and $1 of that goes straight to the BTA. Bike Gallery will be selling souvenir “Bike the Lights” t-shirts, blinkie lights, and more, with 100% of the proceeds going to the BTA. They’ll also be doing free bike repairs.

If you unsure about how to get to PIR or if you want to arrive in style, join a group ride led by Bike Gallery that leaves from the northeast corner of Pioneer Square at 6:00 pm. Learn more on the BTA website.

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)

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PdxMark
PdxMark
13 years ago

Any word whether Peacock Lane will be having a car-free night this year?

Kara
Kara
12 years ago
Reply to  PdxMark

I saw on their website that have pedestrian only nights on the 15th and 16th.

K'Tesh
K'Tesh
13 years ago

I’d love to go… But,I’ll be going to THPRD’s Board Meeting, where the Board will hear our efforts and recommendation on the alignment for Rock Creek Trail Segment 5.

Red Five
Red Five
13 years ago

Is it possible someone could find this event offensive?

OuterToob
OuterToob
13 years ago
Reply to  Red Five

Yes it is possible if they are offended by: kitschy holiday light displays, bikes, PIR, night time, winter, cold weather, hot cocoa, candy canes or hot tea. It’s pretty offensive stuff-right?

Barney
Barney
13 years ago

If it’s warmer this year I’ll be there!

GlowBoy
GlowBoy
13 years ago

It’s Portland, Red Five. Everything manages to offend SOMEone. I can’t possibly think of what, specifically, would be offensive about this particular event, though; what’s your guess?

Spiffy
Spiffy
13 years ago

if it wasn’t a 1.5 hour ride from my place in SE I would totally do this with the kid…

mello yello
mello yello
13 years ago

I did this last year with a christmas tree hanging off my rack. I don’t think they intended it to be a lapping session.

RyNO Dan
RyNO Dan
13 years ago

The yellow max line goes right to PIR. Perhaps your little committee could ride to LLoyd or Rose Quarter ?

Ted Buehler
Ted Buehler
13 years ago

I missed this last year, so I’m glad they’re doing it again this year.

Be careful when riding north of Argyle on Denver/Interstate. ODOT widened the bike lane this summer over the bridges, but it’s still pretty dark and rough, with 45 mph traffic. Left-turn into PIR or the multi-use path on the south side of the raceway is not bike-friendly, so use extra caution with kids, newbies.

Ted Buehler

Dan Kaufman
13 years ago

Here is a short video of the ride
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqDyZsjWYYQ