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

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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
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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.

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)

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Kiel Johnson / Go By Bike
kiel johnson
9 years ago

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

Novice Group Rider
9 years ago

Where does it end up?

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

9watts
9watts
9 years ago

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.

9watts
9watts
9 years ago

Woohoo!

Adron Hall
9 years ago

Winning! Wooohooo!

\m/ \m/

K'Tesh
K'Tesh
9 years ago

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

Eric Iverson
Eric Iverson
9 years ago

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

Joe
Joe
9 years ago

stoked…

Adam H.
Adam H.
9 years ago

Can’t wait!

Aaron
Aaron
9 years ago

I’ll be there!

Lester Burnham
Lester Burnham
9 years ago

Can I “shred” on this ride?

Electric Mayhem
Electric Mayhem
9 years ago

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

Todd Boulanger
Todd Boulanger
9 years ago

Photos are proof that it never rains on Pedal Palooza!

Dwaine Dibbly
Dwaine Dibbly
9 years ago

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

Captain Karma
9 years ago

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

9watts
9watts
9 years ago
Reply to  Captain Karma

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.