The weather will be a little hit-or-miss this weekend, but the bike-fun schedule is looking packed. You really need to check out the full schedule for yourself, but let’s review a few highlights.
Drinking before prom
This isn’t officially a single ride but if you can start your weekend by 4 p.m. Friday this looks like a pretty great lineup: a lemonade stand tour followed by a BYOC champagne ride followed by Portland’s annual dress-to-impress bike party.
Three lanes gcood, four lanes bad
Though few people realize it, but the fact is that four-lane roads are almost always pointlessly dangerous. Adding a center turn lane cuts both congestion and the chance of collisions compared to two lanes in each direction. At 5 p.m. BikeLoudPDX gives you a chance to get political with the No More 4-Lane Roads ride.
Into the woods with Bark
Get a dose of nature from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. It’s a “40 mile, easy pace, round-trip ride to the Jonsrud View Point in Sandy.”
Kidical Mass kicks off
The local ride club for families starts its summer season at noon Saturday with a ride to an ice cream shop.
Whether or not you get your pointy hat on (safety first!) this is a bring=your-own grillables trip “to the ends of the earth (West Hills)” to watch a heckling-encouraged 1928 movie about medieval Scandinavians. Starts 6 p.m. Saturday.
“Black folx! Let’s get together, take up space and celebrate black power & black solidarity by riding around Portland (mostly NoPo)!” Learn about local black businesses, history and friendship. Intended for folks who are themselves black or accompanying a friend/family member who is. 11 a.m. Sunday.
Just because you prefer your naked rides less intense is no reason to miss riding naked beneath the moon — in this case a full one. 8:30 p.m.
— Michael Andersen, (503) 333-7824 – firstname.lastname@example.org
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Michael Andersen was news editor of BikePortland.org from 2013 to 2016 and still pops up occasionally.
I can guarantee that the “No more 4 Lane Roads Ride” is going to have a killer route!
I hope there’s a substantial turnout. You ride these roads all the time, I mostly cower elsewhere. I’d much rather be able to take the shortest route. Join us out there!
Friends of the Historic Columbia River Highway hold their Gorge Ride tomorrow: http://www.hcrh.org/events/2016-gorge-ride. Rock Creek is open but use caution as the roads a bit torn up. Rowena Loops descent is clean except for the last big switchback which often has gravel on it from cars pulling out after photographing scenery. (Ironically it was a big rock near the cement plant on the Hood River Loops descent that almost took me out!).