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Bridge Pedal lures riders of all types to carfree highways

Posted by on August 11th, 2019 at 10:37 pm

Bridge Pedal first-timers Lee and Chris brought visitors from Africa, Toumany and Ansou, along for the ride.
(Photos: Eric Thornburg)

Thousands of people took part in the 24th annual Bridge Pedal on Sunday.

We sent photographer Eric Thornburg out to catch some of the action. He captured a lot of smiles and his images showed the wide variety of people who take part in this cherished Portland tradition.


Did you ride Bridge Pedal? How was it this year?

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    Mitchell Laurren-Ring August 12, 2019 at 9:02 am

    I was pretty upset after waiting at least a half hour to get on the Hawthorne Bridge only to find that they had a traffic lane blocked off but were not allowing bikes on it.

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      Chris I August 12, 2019 at 2:05 pm

      That was so bizarre. We were in the 3rd wave, so we hit the Hawthorne pretty early. The first time through, people were riding in the right lane without issue. After we came back over the Ross Island, they had blocked off the right lane to cyclists for some reason. My only guess is that they wanted the right lane blocked to prevent vehicles from driving next to the sidewalks, but didn’t want cyclists on the deck. This is insane, considering they were routing both rides over the same bridge TWICE. You don’t have to be a traffic engineer to know that the Hawthorne was already going to be a bottleneck. They just need to lay down some carpet or plywood.

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        Middle of the Road Guy August 12, 2019 at 2:19 pm

        Were you wearing your cargo shorts when you barrelled through there?

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      Austin August 12, 2019 at 2:19 pm

      They used to put plywood down there, so if the plywood wasn’t there AND they weren’t allowing cyclists in the car lane, it was probably some legal/insurance situation. I guarantee the organizers want to reduce jams anywhere possible, so not really something to be pretty upset about.

      Luckily we got through there easily both times – and man, what a fantastic ride even with some jam-up time – It had been a few years since I’ve ridden it, and it was great!

      Riding the Marquam and Fremont is a really unique experience (even if hauling a couple of kids via tandem/trailer up to the top of both just about destroyed me, haha), I’m glad we’re given this opportunity.

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    mh August 12, 2019 at 12:32 pm

    Gotta love seeing that kind of traffic – and only that kind – on the freeway.

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    Steve Hash August 12, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    Man, my Strava time sure took a beating this year…JK 🙂

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    Todd Boulanger August 12, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    Putting the idea out there again: Did anyone collect air quality data along these corridors as a proxy baseline of a city core “car lite” future?

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    Mark smith August 13, 2019 at 1:24 pm

    Just remember a lot of car center folks are involved with bridge pedal. so they will do dumb things that car center people do

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