Bridge Pedal will roll again this August

Riders on the Fremont Bridge during Bridge Pedal 2010.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

Organizers of the Providence Bridge Pedal announced today that the ride will take place this year. After a pause last summer due to the pandemic, the iconic, all-ages bicycle ride will happen on August 8th.

“It is time to celebrate. Hop on your bike or lace up our walking shoes and join in the event that for 25 years has been ‘perfectly Portland’,” read a statement. “This is the one opportunity each year enjoy two of the city’s best venues: the car-free upper decks of the Marquam and Fremont bridges.”

The return to form will also mark the event’s 25th anniversary.

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To remain sensitive to state health guidelines and lingering Covid-19 infection fears, organizers say they will have a host of contingency plans at-the-ready to respond to conditions. Registration and will-call sites will be modified. There will be fewer finish line activities and food/drink packaging during the ride will be made Covid-safe. It’s unclear if mask-wearing will be mandatory. A preview website states, “Please do your part to protect yourself and to help us make sure those restrictions are at a minimum level. Continuing wearing a mask and practice social distancing when and where appropriate and, if you have not already, get vaccinated.”

If the ride is cancelled due to Covid, all registrants will have the option of either transferring their payment to the 2022 ride or receiving a full refund.

Full registration is expected to open later today. Stay tuned for more details.

— Jonathan Maus: (503) 706-8804, @jonathan_maus on Twitter and jonathan@bikeportland.org
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Todd/Boulanger
1 year ago

This is GREAT NEWS! As this is such a ‘mind altering’ event for novice transportation advocates…to see how the existing regional motor vehicle network could be reused for active transportation etc. I remember my first ride in 2000…

For those of you taking the ride this summer…think about this idea…setting up a protected bike lane on the upper deck of i405 [N. Cook to either / and NW23rd / Pearl District] to connect the east side to westside…especially the westward downhill trip. 😉

drs
drs
1 year ago
Reply to  Todd/Boulanger

That’s a cool idea. I think you’d need some sort of assistance device to make a facility like that work for all ages/abilities:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zipZ5kwhFfs