Bridge Pedal from above: An aerial photo essay revisited

Bridge Pedal 2009 from the air-86

Join me for a quick flight…
(Photo © J. Maus)

Two years ago, the fine folks at Bridge Pedal gave me the opportunity to fly over the ride in a helicopter. With my camera and a five-point harness firmly buckled around me, I flew high above the iconic event and got a perspective on our city that I’ll never forget.

With the 16th edition of the ride happening this Sunday, I thought it’d be fun to take a look back at what I saw…

Many people could actually see me hanging out the side of the chopper with my camera. So they smiled and waved.

Riders near the MAX tracks on N. Interstate.

If you’re headed out for the ride Sunday, check out what’s new this year via The Oregonian. And of course, enjoy the ride!

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 maus.jonathan@gmail.com, or phone/text at 503-706-8804. Also, if you read and appreciate this site, please become a supporter.

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Mike
Mike
12 years ago

Awesome pics. How nice to see all those bikes on the bridges and roads than cars.

Matt
Matt
12 years ago

Awesome photos! Love it.

Paul Johnson
Paul Johnson
12 years ago

I’d ride it this year, but my bike’s in the shop.

Nick V
Nick V
12 years ago

Nice work. As someone who is afraid of heights, I am very impressed yet nauseous.

SilkySlim
12 years ago

I wasn’t sure if you had the best job ever, but am now thoroughly convinced.

dwainedibbly
dwainedibbly
12 years ago

Thanks for posting! Mrs Dibbly & I are doing the Bridge Pedal on Sunday and can’t wait. Just me, my amazing wife, and 20,000 of our best friends.

Josh G
Josh G
12 years ago

The 5th big pic is featured on the route map (at least the 6 Bridge route) this year. Great pic, but I found it a little distracting they used 1 w/ a prominent suicide counseling sign. Looking forward to my 1st Bridges year.. Minneapolis has a similar great event, but it hasn’t ever routed on interstate bridges (including the 1 that collapsed!)