Here’s what the Pedalpalooza Kickoff Ride looked like

Fremont Bridge in the background as hundreds of Kickoff riders made their way on the route through northwest Portland.
(Photos by Eric Thornburg/no.lens.cap)

Pedalpalooza is off and running. And from the amount of smiles at Saturday’s Kickoff Ride, y’all are ready for it!

The annual month of free bike fun for everyone technically started Saturday morning with a big breakfast and coffee gathering on the Skidmore Bluffs; but the official kickoff came via a massive ride that set off from The Fields Park later that afternoon.

Our Pedalpalooza photographer Eric Thornburg was there to capture the vibe. Check out more of his images below…


There’s so much more fun to be had! Check out the calendar for today’s lineup. And make sure to grab the current issue of the Portland Mercury where you’ll find a convenient printed copy of the calendar in the centerfold.

Happy Pedalpalooza one and all!

— Jonathan Maus: (503) 706-8804, @jonathan_maus on Twitter and

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Kiel Johnson / Go By Bike

The Lu makes it onto bikeportland again!

Such a great day, can we make downtown Portland carfree next year on this weekend? That would be such an awesome start to pedalpalooza and rose festival.

The kick off ride is one of my favorites because there are so many different people who are interested in pedalpalooza for different reasons but they all come together on this one ride.