Two holiday rides worth doing (one of them’s tonight!)

Posted by on December 28th, 2015 at 10:53 am


Riders at last year’s Bike the Lights ride. It happens again tonight (12/28).
(Photo: Tom Howe)

‘Tis the season to be jolly… But it can also be the season of eating, drinking and lounging around inside the comfy confines of your home with family and friends. Now it’s time to break that cabin fever, bundle up, grab your bike, and hit the streets.

There are two holiday rides in Portland worth doing. And one of them is tonight (Monday the 28th). Here are the details…

Bike the Lights/Winter Wonderland at Portland International Raceway – Tonight (12/28) from 5:00 to 9:00 pm

Winter Wonderland-Bike Night at PIR-16

(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Roll out to PIR and enjoy this annual tradition. This year’s carfree night at Winter Wonderland has been rescheduled just for bikes! That’s right, it’s time to Bike the Lights! The track will be open from 5:00 to 9:00 tonight and if you want some cheerful company there’s a group ride leaving from Bike Farm (1810 NE 1st Ave, about five miles from PIR) at 6:00 pm. Bring $6 for your ticket. More info here (FB).


Bicycle Transportation Alliance New Year’s Day Ride – January 1st, 2016 at 12:00 noon

BTA New Year's Day Ride-13

BTA New Year’s Ride 2010.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

What better way to ring in the new year than on your bike? The BTA has been leading this ride for decades and it’s always a hit. This year’s route will be about 10 miles long and it will begin under the west end of the Morrison Bridge, head over the river via the Tilikum Crossing and end up with hot drinks and food at the new Zoiglhaus brewpub in Lents. As a bonus, this ride will introduce you to the exciting new “Green Ring” bikeway concept around Lents town center. Learn more and RSVP via the BTA.

— Jonathan Maus, (503) 706-8804 –

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Thanks for posting this and thanks to PIR for rescheduling. I love taking my daughter to this event. Can’t wait.


I was looking forward to this, but my son missed his nap yesterday and we couldn’t pull it together to make it. It was very kind of PIR to reschedule it.


Sorry I can’t join you all… At least I’ve got my bike up and running again (didn’t have the tools to tighten the pedals back up after flying to China)


The BTA has been hosting this ride for only about a decade. It was originated by the Rose City Wheelmen as a club ride in 1957, and soon welcomed all comers, mostly the racing community. They hosted it for about 20 years. Then another racing club, Raindance Velo hosted it for a few years in the early 80s. Then the Bike Gallery hosted it for more than two decades, handing off the the BTA in the late 2000s, as I recall. Kudos the the BTA for helping to keep the tradition alive, but they’re relative latecomers in the ride’s 59 year history.