Five rides before Friday: Bike bells, Pittsburgh longings and more

queerest ride
Organizer-provided art for the Queerest Bike Ride
of the Year (Thursday).

Welcome to the first of a series we’ll be running for the next three Mondays: a roundup of weekday rides in the Pedalpalooza bike festival that you might have overlooked but shouldn’t.

Rust Belt Ride
Tuesday, 6 p.m.
SE Eastbank Esplanade and Main Street (Vera Katz statue)
“Calling all yinzers! Join me on a casually-paced ride to a few Portland places that remind me of Pittsburgh.”

Bike Bell Ensemble
Thursday, noon meet / 12:10 ride
NW Naito Parkway and Couch (Japanese American Historical Plaza)
“A short lunch-hour ride down the waterfront. … Plan for rhythmic improvisation, silliness, and lots of ringing.”

Green Loop Scavenger Hunt
Thursday, 5:30 p.m.
SW Naito and Salmon (Salmon Street Fountain)
The Green Loop is a big idea for new public space in central Portland. The Young Professionals in Transportation group is organizing a team-based scavenger hunt game to explore its possibilities.


Queerest Bike Ride of the Year!
Thursday, 6 p.m. meet / 7 p.m. ride
SW Park and Madison (in front of Art Museum)
“Bring your queerest bike, self, friend.” Show up at 6 to “queer” your bike if it isn’t already.

Bike Play: Adventures in Babysitting
Thursday, 6:30 p.m. meet / 7 p.m. ride
1050 SE Clinton St.
The Bike Play, produced each year by the Working Theater Collective, is a rolling encounter in which theater can come at you from any direction. It’s one of the priceless gems of Pedalpalooza. This year they’re reimagining the cult-classic 80s film Adventures in Babysitting, and the first performance of four is on Thursday. It would not be wise to miss it.

Correction 6/14: An earlier version of this post got a bunch of details wrong for some reason. Sorry about that. We’re blaming jetlag.

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