Tonight: Choose your own adventure to keep Midnight Mystery Ride alive

Midnight streets are special streets.

The Midnight Mystery Ride is one of many Portland bike culture traditions that is being forced to reconcile with social distancing requirements during the Covid-19 outbreak.

“MMR” is usually a big gathering at a dive bar that is led by a rotating leader each week that goes to a mystery location where friends and bike lovers of all stripes hang out around a fire all night, sharing stories and each others’ company.

The ride has happened every second Friday of the month since 2003. But with gatherings forbidden, organizers (who are just as mysterious as the ride itself) still want to find a way to create the joy and community the ride is known for.

The plan for tonight is a choose your own adventure. Here’s what Team Midnight just posted:

“Tonight – It’s Choose Your Own Adventure night. Ride wherever you think tonight’s ride should have gone. Or, if you’re not creative like that… stick a coin in your pocket and bike in one direction for 3 blocks, stop, flip the coin. Heads turn, right. Tails, left. If you hit a dead end, flip the coin again.

MOST IMPORTANTLY — Take 1-3 minutes of footage of your Midnight Mystery Ride tonight and email them to We’ll pass them on to [someone] who has generously volunteered himself to edit a video short for us to share.”

It should be a beautiful night and the streets will be empty at midnight.

Have fun out there! We’ll post the video once it’s out.

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Founder of BikePortland (in 2005). Father of three. North Portlander. Basketball lover. Car owner and driver. If you have questions or feedback about this site or my work, feel free to contact me at @jonathan_maus on Twitter, via email at, or phone/text at 503-706-8804. Also, if you read and appreciate this site, please become a supporter.

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David Hampsten
David Hampsten
3 years ago

What an ironic name for an event in the days of Covid-19: The MMR vaccine is a vaccine against measles, mumps, and rubella (German measles). [Wikipedia]

As a child, I got the vaccine twice as required by my state’s schools.