Pedalpalooza Kickoff Ride Photo Gallery

A few of the thousands (?) or riders on NE Alberta Street. (Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

Y’all really turned out tonight.

What an amazing way to kickoff three months of free bike fun. One of the biggest crowds I’ve seen in all these 18 or so years. Overheard so many people saying it was their first Pedalpalooza ride — and even a few folks said it was their first group ride ever.

We rolled from Alberta Park, south to Going and then down 7th, eventually making our way over to 15th to cross through Lloyd and then onto the Blumenauer Bridge and over to the Burnside Bridge via Couch. The end at Salmon Springs to connect with Thursday Night Ride was definitely the biggest group of bikes I’ve ever seen on the Waterfront. The crowd was thick from the Hawthorne Bridge all the way to the fountain. I mean thick! So fun. So many smiles and friends.

Huge kudos to the organizers and volunteers and corkers and all the beautiful Portland people who rolled out! You are all so inspiring and wonderful. Enjoy the photos and check back tomorrow for some fun videos.

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)

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 maus.jonathan@gmail.com, or phone/text at 503-706-8804. Also, if you read and appreciate this site, please become a supporter.

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10 months ago

Love to see this, so many familiar and new faces in this photos.Out in the gorge last night, we ran into possibly hundred(s), or at least well more than 100 kids at Post Canyon last night in the family man area (looking mostly to be 10ish and under). Just groups upon groups upon groups of kiddos in the forest on a thursday night hittin the trail! Bike love is alive and well.

John
John
10 months ago

I was there with my family, it was a great time! I haven’t done many group rides but I’m always surprised just how easy going it is. When I ride solo I have a tendancy to ride fast so going anywhere you know, feels like exercise. While this kind of ride just feels like a super relaxing stroll and yet we still went from Alberta park to the waterfront. My kid was pretty into all the fun costumes and things like bubbles and bells and all of it.

It really is great seeing just how many people in the photos are smiling as they ride. Not because they see the camera, it’s just that the ride puts a smile on your face.

And thank you corkers!

Serenity
Serenity
10 months ago

It was a great ride. So much fun!

Matt
Matt
10 months ago

Can you please bring back the functionality of using left and right keyboard arrows to navigate photo galleries? Without that function, the galleries are a lot less user-friendly (too much clicking).

Matt
Matt
10 months ago

I’m on Chrome 113.0.5672.127 and Windows 11 Home v 22H2. And I think I’ve identified the problem: The gallery arrows come back when I turn off the uBlock Origin extension to Chrome. The extension also prevents me from posting or liking comments, which I discovered that after some trial and error. So, partially solved!

pierre_delecto
pierre_delecto
10 months ago
Reply to  Matt

I had to disable uBlock origin for this site too. It’s one of the most widely-used extensions and I haven’t noticed an issue anywhere else.

James Horan
James Horan
10 months ago

Nothing Beats Iowa’s RAGBRAI. Lance even showed up some years