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Weekend Event Guide: Tram’s 10th, legislative town hall, women’s ride, and more

Posted by on January 26th, 2017 at 4:25 pm

The Tram is awesome.
(Photo courtesy Portland Aerial Tram)

The Portland Aerial Tram takes top billing this weekend.

It’s hard to believe that a decade has passed since Aerial Tram opened. I remember covering it back then and having no real clue about how transformative it would be — not just for the South Waterfront district but for bicycling in Portland. Watch this space Friday morning for a story about how the Tram has impacted cycling. For now, check out details on the Tram’s 10th birthday party and several other cool events below…

Saturday, January 28th

Sorella Forte Women’s Club Ride – 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at River City Bicycles (706 SE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd)
Inspired by the Women’s March? How about a women’s ride? Geared to intermediate riders, expect an average speed of about 15-17 mph for about 30-40 miles. Organizers say it’s “faster than a recreational cruise, but almost always conversational, except for the hills.” Please be ready to ride at 9 am and park on the street, not in the River City lot. More info here

Town Hall to Discuss 2017 Legislative Session – 10:00 to 11:30 am at PCC Cascade (Moriarty Auditorium – 705 N Killingsworth St)
The session is about to get busy and Portland legislators could play a key role in the major transportation package that will be debated. Come and tell North Portland reps Lew Frederick and Tina Kotek what kind of projects and policies you think they should fight for – and which ones they should fight against. More info here

March and Rally for Justice and Equality – 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at Oregon Convention Center (MLK Statue)
Join the Albinia Ministerial Alliance for this family-friendly, permitted march. The event is endorsed by the NAACP Portland Chapter, Urban League of Portland, Unite Oregon, Muslim Educational Trust, Portland Copwatch, and others. More info here.

10th Anniversary of the Aerial Tram Ride – 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at Portland Opera (211 SE Caruthers)
It’s true. Portland’s beloved Aerial Tram is 10 years old. What better way to acknowledge its vast impact on bicycling by riding to its big party? Join Puddlecycle for this short (kid-friendly!) jaunt to join the fun at the Tram. More info here.


Sunday, January 29th

Bike Loud PDX Monthly Meeting – 12:00 to 2:00 pm at Lucky Lab Brew Pub (915 SE Hawthorne)
Learn, be inspired, and find out how you can plug into one of Portland’s most exciting bike advocacy groups. There’s a lot of work to do and volunteers are needed! More info here.

Time Trial Clinic – 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm at CycleOne Racing Academy (2600 NW Vaughan)
Whether you’re a stage racer, triathlete, or even a competitive cyclocrosser, being able to sustain a high power effort is key to doing well. CycleOne will give you the smarts to do it right. This is a free clinic taught by expert coaches! More info here.

Beginner Women’s Clinic at The Lumberyard – 6:00 to 8:00 pm (2700 NE 82nd Ave)
Learn how to ride the flow lines and ramps of The Lumberyard via expert insights from a professional coach. You’ll practice body positioning, braking, cornering skills, and much more. $75 admission includes a park pass and rental bike. More info here.

Did we miss anything? If so, give it a shout out in the comments.

For more fun events, including great stuff next week and beyond, visit our full events calendar.

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I love the Aerial Tram. Seriously one of the coolest things in Portland.

Chris I
Chris I

$55 million well spent.



Pro move: since the ride down is free, you can make some amazing running/hiking routes that snake their way up the trails or roads while shrouded in trees, and then take the tram back down with that epic view. I do this with out of town guests on the regular, and it always impresses.

Less fun: using it when you need to visit the doctor….


Even less fun: having a doctor appointment on a Sunday and discovering the tram does not run on Sundays.

Chris I
Chris I

I wonder if the city has evaluated the possibility of funding Sunday operations. Transit isn’t very effective if it only runs during peak times.


BikeLoud meeting again at its location of origin! Plenty of opportunity for lots of additional loud voices in this group.

Justin M
Justin M

I don’t understand how the tram has impacted cycling. It only goes to the hospital.


Have you not noticed the huge bike parking facility at the base of the tram?