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Pedalpalooza Daily: Thursday, June 9th

Posted by on June 9th, 2011 at 6:09 am

Pedalpalooza 2010 Kickoff Parade-32

This is how Portland will look for the
next 17 days.
(Photo © J. Maus)

This is not a drill. This is it folks. Shift’s 17-day Pedalpalooza starts today… err… this morning actually. The “Sisyphean Cruller Crawl” starts bright and early at 7:00 am is the first of 12 events today.

But the big one today is the Kickoff Parade. It starts at 6:00 pm at King School (NE Grand Ave and Going St.). For a look at what to expect, check out my recap and photos of last year’s Kickoff.

Today’s full slate of rides is below the jump…

Don’t forget to grab a copy of the Portland Mercury (it’s the bike issue and they’ve got a printed ride calendar inside) and check out their slick mobile site which has a great Pedalpalooza calendar all built in.

Have fun out there!

7:00 am Sisyphean Cruller Crawl – West Side
Make it to work with an epic commute under your belt.
Jamison Square, NW 10th and Johnson
A mythic climb through Portland’s west hills ending with a scenic breakfast provided by your leaders.
Sisyphean Hill Riders, CrullerCrawl at gmail daht comm, SHR on Facebook

7:15am West Cougar’s Ride to Work
West Cougar’s House, N Albina Ave and Holman St
Make my commute to Beaverton more fun. Please bring me coffee and a donut.
West Cougar

12:00pm Lose your Lunch Ride
Jamison Park, 10th and Johnson NW
Join Portland Mercury publisher Rob Crocker for a spirited 15 mile ride through the West Hills.
Rob Crocker, rob at portlandmercury daht comm, 503-781-0051, Robert Crocker

4:00pm Video by Bike: The Basics!
Class time will be an hour then we will join up with the opening ride
Pro Photo Supply, 1112 NW 19th Ave, Portland, We will be parking outdoors, but will be invading the inside for learning. An hour-long class followed by a bike ride with stops to try out our new photo and video skills.
Scott Batchelar, scottbs at mac daht comm, 503-257-0908

5:30pm Ride to free premier of “SPOIL” Tar Sands film
Sunnyside Environmental School, 3421 SE Salmon St, meet near the swings in the park
Ride to SPOIL, a film documenting the coastline and rare white bears that are threatened by the TarSands pipeline.
Portland Rising Tide, National Wildlife Federation’s Tar Free Future Campaign, more info on the Tar Sands

6:00pm Kickoff Ride and Picnic
King School, NE Grand Ave and NE Going St
Sass, sequins, style: parade off into the sunset to start off Pedalpalooza right…with a picnic!
Esther, esther.harlow at gmail daht comm

6:00pm “Remember Your First Bike?” – Film Screening
6:00pm-4:00am, Ride starts at 6pm at Community Cycling Center, Film screening starts at 7pm at Hollywood Theater.
Community Cycling Center, 1700 NE Alberta St, Meet behind the shop!
Learn how the CCC’s Holiday Bike Drive has given thousands of Portland kids their first bike. Ride from the CCC at 6 to the movie at 7. Sliding Fee, $3-10.
Community Cycling Center,

6:30pm Senior Cycling Bike Ride
Peninsula Park Community Center, 700 N Rosa Parks Way
Come along for an easy-paced, social, and scenic ride in North Portland.
Donna Green, at, 503-823-6114, Portland By Cycle classes & rides

6:30pm Shop By Bike class
Bethany Lutheran Church, 4330 NE 37th Ave, classroom entrance off parking lot on Skidmore
Do you ever take the car because you have too much to carry on a bike?
Jeff Smith, jeff.smith at, 503-823-7083, Portland By Cycle classes & rides

7:00pm Tall Girl Ride!
Irving Park
If you’re over 5’11” (naturally or via heels) and identify as a girl, come be large and in charge with us.
Stretch, jessica.vredenburg at gmail daht comm

9:00pm Mercury Bike Issue Release Party
Boiler Room, 228 NW Davis St
Celebrate the bike issue release in all-American style: Drunken karaoke! $1 PBR with bike light! $3 tots w/helmet!
S.mirk, smirk at portlandmercury daht comm

10:00pm Fourth Annual FOSTER ROAD Tavern Ride
Smokey’s Bar, SE Foster Rd and 56th Ave, @ the crux of Foster, 56th and Center
Our fourth annual exploration of Foster’s finest drinkeries.
Larsen E. Whipsnade, pinheadedbeatnikhipster at yahoo daht comm

Which rides are you planning on? If you’re a ride leader, feel free to add any last-minute changes/info in the comments below. Also, remember to fill our our Pedalpalooza Ride Report Form after all the fun is over.

Pedalpalooza runs until June 26th. View the full calendar at

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  • Harrison June 9, 2011 at 8:53 am

    Cruller Crawl was super fun. Kudos to the woman who climbed with us up to Pittock on her unicycle! She earned her doughnut this morning.

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  • NF June 9, 2011 at 9:07 am

    Don’t be afraid of the Foster Road tavern ride. If the tour makes it far enough down foster, you end up at the Greenline MAX for an easy trip back west.

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  • becky June 9, 2011 at 9:38 am

    My daughter and I will have to race from her piano lesson to the kickoff parade. Hopefully they won’t leave without us!

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    • Esther June 9, 2011 at 10:02 am

      Becky- don’t worry, 6pm is “Pedalpalooza Time” 🙂

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