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10 photos to get you excited for tonight’s Pedalpalooza Kickoff Ride

Posted by on June 4th, 2015 at 9:29 am

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Yeah! Gimme five!
(Photos J Maus/BikePortland)

Pedalpalooza is here! Today marks the start of Portland’s beloved annual bike festival with hundreds of events lined up over the next three weeks.

Tonight at 6:00 is the official Kickoff Ride, so I figured I’d go through my photo archive and pull out some of my favorites from the past 10 years. I love the Kickoff Ride because everyone is in such a hopeful, optimistic, and and excited mood. There’s a contagious buzz about all the fun stuff the month will bring and the ride has a way of restoring my faith in humanity, in bicycles, and our city all at the same time. 

I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I do…

Pedalpalooza '06 Kickoff Parade

2006
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2008
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2008
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2009
Pedalpalooza 2010 Kickoff Parade-4

2010

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2010
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2010
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2014
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2012
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2014
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2014
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This year’s ride starts starts at Salmon Street Fountain. Get out there and help make this the biggest and funnest Pedalpalooza ever!

Check the full Pedalpalooza ride calendar here.

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16 Comments
  • kiel johnson
    kiel johnson June 4, 2015 at 9:36 am

    everyone in those pictures is smiling. sums up pedalpalooza. can’t wait to get started!

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    Novice Group Rider June 4, 2015 at 9:36 am

    Where does it end up?

    Is it easier to be at the front or back of the pack? The middle scares me a bit

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      9watts June 4, 2015 at 12:40 pm

      We’re not a very scary bunch. I don’t think it would matter much either way. The slower folks are likely to end up toward the rear.

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    9watts June 4, 2015 at 10:31 am

    Woohoo!

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    Adron Hall June 4, 2015 at 10:44 am

    Winning! Wooohooo!

    \m/ \m/

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    K'Tesh June 4, 2015 at 11:32 am

    I think once this term is over, I’ll be:
    1) able to participate
    2) think about posting a ride.

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    Eric Iverson June 4, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    There should be some Grillbikes there tonight, so bring grillables for the end spot. (Under Hawthorne bridge at 9:30 PM. Also, Grilled by BIke Sunday June 7th 3 PM Laurelhurst park…Just sayin

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    Joe June 4, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    stoked…

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    Adam H. June 4, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    Can’t wait!

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    Aaron June 4, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    I’ll be there!

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    Lester Burnham June 4, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    Can I “shred” on this ride?

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    Electric Mayhem June 4, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    A plug here for my event aptly named Electric Mayhem. E-bikes, electric lights and the curious – Saturday 10 am at NE 33rd and Marine Drive

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    Todd Boulanger June 4, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    Photos are proof that it never rains on Pedal Palooza!

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    Dwaine Dibbly June 4, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    Be safe out there, folks! And have a blast and a half!

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    Captain Karma June 5, 2015 at 12:23 am

    Does anybody have photos, now that kickoff is in the can?

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      9watts June 5, 2015 at 9:09 am

      It was a most enjoyable ride, and one of the larger kickoff rides I’ve participated in. Great energy and enthusiasm. Thanks everyone for making it so fun. Ted Buehler’s tiny house pulled by three people was a highlight for me.

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