Pedalpalooza Recap: OMSI Science Ride

Blowing stuff up was only part of the fun at the OMSI Ride. Lots of kids turned for this one and organizers say they got 4-times as many people as they expected! More photos below.
(Photos: Jene-Paul)

Reporter: Jene-Paul
Date: June 17, 2011
How many people showed up? About 100

About two and a half hours of kids, parents, an attentive audience & interesting bikes, mild weather, a ride up & back from the circular park in the middle of Ladd’s Addition, Mintos-in-Coke explosions, frozen bubbles, a barrel of ping pong balls blown-up by liquid nitrogen (“Please stand back.”), a behind-the-scenes tour of OMSI’s exhibit fabrication shops, the physics of liquid nitrogen ice cream explained as it was made & dished out, OMSI-built bike trailers, a long stream of bicycle riders cruising on leafy-roofed avenues – what’s not to like?!

— This is part of our ongoing coverage of the the 2011 Pedalpalooza, which runs through June 26th. View the full calendar at

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