Weekend Event Guide: Bridges, nakedness, cider, and more

Riders near the Blumenauer Bridge at last year’s World Naked Bike Ride. (Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

Welcome to the weekend! Here’s our weekly selection of rides and events worth your time. Please note, it’s Pedalpalooza season. That means there are tons of rides every day. See them all here. (Also note that rides usually leave 30 minutes after the posted meet-up time.)

Friday, August 11th

Cider Ride – 5:00 pm at Swift Cider HQ (NE)
Portland’s cider status is legit. Join this ride and sample all the ciders worth drinking as you roll with cider makers and cider lovers from Swift Cider to Rev Nat’s Taproom. More info here.

Midnight Mystery Ride – 11:30 pm at Billy Rae’s Dive (NE)
A longtime Portland tradition saddles up for another late night adventure full of warm air and magical vibes. More info here.

Saturday, August 12th – Day of Nakedness

Note: There are nine naked bike rides on this day, culminating with the Big One: The World Naked Bike Ride. See them all here.

Loteria Go Community Bike Ride – 10:00 am at Su Casa Super Mercado (NE)
PBOT’s latest community ride promises to be super fun and there will even be a few prizes (including a TriMet annual pass). Goal of the ride is to explore the new bike infrastructure on 162nd Ave. More info here.

Lily and Aaron’s Bike Move – 1:00 pm at Doe Donuts (NE)
Moving by bike is a proud Portland tradition and Lily is one of its most veteran practitioners. You’ll be amazed at how bike-power can move an entire apartment’s worth of stuff and your heart will be full with the barn-raising feel of the community coming together to help each other. More info here.

Celebration of Life for Jeanie Diaz – 4:00 to 6:00 pm at The Redd (SE)
Friends and family will come together to remember and celebrate the life of Jeanie Diaz, the beloved youth librarian and mother of two who was killed by a driver last month. More info here.

Sunday, August 13th

Bridge Pedal (all day all over the place)
It’s the annual ride and rite of passage for true Portlanders that will give you access to amazing views usually reserved for car drivers. Take back your city by bike! More info here.

Bi’s on Bikes – 10:00 am at Waterfront Park (SW)
Open to anyone Queer, questioning and gender expansive, this ride will cover some classic Portland riverfront path miles and end with a BYOBrunch at Sellwood Riverfront Park. Costumes admired, but not required. More info here.

Rivendell Ride – 12:00 pm at Lords Luggage (SE)
There was a guy named John and his partner Darby who used to own a Rivendell-loving bike shop in Portland. They are gone now but they still love Portland and miss their friends. Their fans also miss them. This ride will be a reunion of those people and anyone else who loves bikes and/or bike shops. More info here.

Beginner Bike Skills Clinic – 2:00 pm at Robertson Life Sciences Building (S)
Learn all the basics you need to be a confident and proficient rider with a wonderful (and totally professionally certified) coach and human named Viv. For people 16+. Younger coaching available if parents are present. More info here.

Voting, the Government, and You – 2:30 pm at Portland City Hall (SW)
Civics nerds unite at this ride that will help you understand how to navigate Portland’s government and will feature STAR (score than automatic runoff) voting experts who will try and convince you to sign the petition to get STAR on the ballot next year. More info here.

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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8 months ago

Wow, talk about an enriched level of bike culture: “BP: There are nine naked bike rides on this day…”
I hazard a guess that there may be MORE naked bike riders in Portland on 12 August than clothed riders. I bet soon the anti-bike folks will add this to the reason that ‘bikes need to be licensed’…as how would they describe a naked cyclist accused of breaking a traffic law to PPB?…they don’t know bike models and they cannot say it was a rider with a “dark hoodie” or “pink skirt”…

Perhaps we need a very Portland solution to this very Portland ‘problem’: mandate that ALL naked cyclists have “tramp stamp” / ‘lower back’ tattoos for ease of positive identification for a traffic stop…;-) [It would also help the local GDP for tattoo shop employment.]

8 months ago

When I clicked on the list of PP rides, I thought I was going to see a list of all the naked rides; but I know Maria and she probably won’t be hosting a naked ride. However, I wonder if others will be assuming all the rides on the Shift list are clothing optional. It might make for some interesting situations out on the road on Saturday!

(And maybe Portland can be the first city in the US to allow public nudity on one day a year, anywhere and everywhere; the annual Naked Day, coinciding with the WNBR)

8 months ago
Reply to  Hotrodder

Public nudity is allowed, every day! In Oregon it is considered constitutionally protected speech.