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Pedalpalooza Kickoff Ride rolls tonight! Here’s what you need to know


The Pedalpalooza Kickoff Ride rolled up Belmont on June 9th, 2016.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

Early this morning atop Mt. Tabor, an eager group of Portlanders enjoyed morning snacks and drinks at the Sunrise Coffee ride. It was the first of hundreds of rides and events that will take place over the next three months as part of Pedalpalooza, Portland’s 100% free festival of bike fun.

The big launch happens tonight on the traditional Kickoff Ride. Thousands are expected to show up to Colonel Summers Park in southeast for a meet-up. They’ll roll out around 6:30 on a short and easy loop that will end at Laurelhurst Park.

This is a family-friendly social ride that is open to everyone. Ride organizer Lily Karabaic will be dressed to impress and encourages others to, “Dress up in the best duds you’ve been waiting all lockdown to wear.” Didn’t get to put on that party outfit this past New Year’s Eve? This is the time to dust it off and slip it on. Or don’t dress up at all. No pressure!

If you’re curious what Kickoff Rides are like, we’ve covered a bunch of them here on BikePortland over the years. Browse our photos and impressions from the 2019, 2018, 2016, 2014, 2012, 2011, 2010, and 2008 editions.

Here are a few things to keep in mind if you plan to attend tonight’s ride (some items copied from official ride listing):

Check the official Pedalpalooza calendar for more information. If you have any questions, let us know. Have fun and see you out there!

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