Hundreds turn out for Pedalpalooza Kickoff Ride (photos)

Posted by on June 9th, 2016 at 9:59 pm

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Portland’s annual Pedalpalooza kicked off in fine fashion tonight. The mass of riders strung out on Belmont from SE 12th (where I’m standing to take this photo) all the way onto the Morrison Bridge over the Willamette River.
(Photos J. Maus/BikePortland)

Tonight’s Pedalpalooza Kickoff Ride was the largest in recent memory with hundreds of people (a thousand?) turning out to celebrate the upcoming month of rides, fun and new friends.

We assembled at the Salmon Street Fountain. The Pedalpalooza spirit was strong with lots of smiles and people milling about promoting their rides, passing out flyers, and showing off their bike fun flair. Once it was time to ride we rolled up onto the Morrison Bridge, headed east on Belmont to 39th, then rode over to Hawthorne to loop back to the Willamette River. There was an after-party on the Esplanade under the Hawthorne Bridge.

At one point on the ride I stood in the middle of Belmont at 12th where there’s a slight incline so I could see as far back as possible (see the photo above). As the wave of riders came up to me I had to put down my camera. I just stood there in awe of the size and energy of the mass. This is about so much more than having fun. This is where and how our community grows and gets stronger. This is the best of Portland!

What a fantastic way to kick things off. Check out all our photos below…

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Plug into more great rides all month at Pedalpalooza.org.

— Jonathan Maus, (503) 706-8804 – jonathan@bikeportland.org

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17 Comments
  • Adam H.
    Adam H. June 9, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    Good to see you at tonight’s ride, Jonathan! This was so much fun and I’m looking forward to the next rides!

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    rachel b June 9, 2016 at 11:44 pm

    !!! I want that OUTSTANDING cat/no vacancy vest! Too tremendous! 🙂

    (Great pictures, Jonathan)

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    David Lewis June 10, 2016 at 12:01 am

    Ah, had I known, I would have crossed the tracks and Water Ave to party with you guys. I was a block away hanging new shop lights, and I had no idea.

    Stop by Veteran Bicycle Co. next time! 211 SE Madison St

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    Scott Batchelar June 10, 2016 at 12:45 am

    Wow! So far my fave memory for Pedalpalooza 2016 – Jonathan Maus being engulfed by thousands of Bikers at SE 11th & Belmont Street.

    Way to rock a pose Good Buddy!

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    9watts June 10, 2016 at 7:36 am

    Looks like an excellent start for this year’s Pedalpalooza. Very sorry to miss it.

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    ChadwickF June 10, 2016 at 8:23 am

    “You miss living in Portland at all?”
    “Yeah, sometimes.”

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    EricIvy June 10, 2016 at 8:46 am

    David Lewis
    Ah, had I known, I would have crossed the tracks and Water Ave to party with you guys. I was a block away hanging new shop lights, and I had no idea.
    Stop by Veteran Bicycle Co. next time! 211 SE Madison St
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    We’re under the Hawthorne every Thursday night! Come to the fire and say hi!

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    EricIvy June 10, 2016 at 8:47 am

    GRILLED BY BIKE! Tomorrow, Saturday at 2 at Irving park. There are some ridiculous rigs you won’t want to miss. http://shift2bikes.org/cal/#11-5522 #shamelessplug

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    Mike Sanders June 10, 2016 at 9:57 am

    Now that crowd would have been quite a sight going over the Tillicum Crossing! Quite a turnout! Look at that crowd getting onto the Hawthorne Bridge! Gotta be biggest turnout for an event this year!

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      RushHourAlleycat June 10, 2016 at 10:19 am

      We don’t really go over that bridge because it isn’t very cyclist friendly.

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    Julia June 10, 2016 at 10:50 am

    Those flags are amazing. Where do I buy one!

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    Spiffy June 10, 2016 at 11:08 am

    looks like an awesome time… wish I had been able to make it… unfortunately auto traffic delayed my better half and tripled her commute so didn’t get to the house to get bikes until the ride started 30 minutes away from us…

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    Spiffy June 10, 2016 at 11:15 am

    as normal as it is to break rules (mostly running stop signs/lights) on these rides, it seems out of the ordinary for the ride to go where bikes are prohibited, such as the Morrison bridge…

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    Todd Boulanger June 10, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    Nice. I was with you in spirit…as I had a family event conflict.

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    bikeninja June 10, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    Missed this one, but loved all the photos. My favorite part is giving the auto addled a glimpse in to the future of transportation as they wait at an intersection for the seemingly endless stream of cyclists to pass.

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    Mark smith June 10, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    Imagine if it were 1000 cars. What a mess that would be.

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      9watts June 10, 2016 at 2:40 pm

      you mean like every (other) day? 😉

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