People on Bikes – Memorial Day on the Esplanade

Just a few of the people riding on the Esplanade yesterday. (Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

Yesterday was one of those days where it felt like everyone was out on their bikes. The weather, the day off, is was glorious!

I went out to check on a few things downtown (including the newly finished loading platforms on SW Broadway) and on my way home I spent time observing the Eastbank Esplanade. I find busy bike traffic days very life-affirming and they help restore my optimism for Portland. And yesterday was no exception. Despite the doom-and-gloom and last week’s terrible incident on the nearby Springwater Corridor, the path just south of the Hawthorne bridge was teeming with riders, walkers, and rollers of all types.

Here are some of the folks who passed by my lens.

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So many different types of people and bikes out for a spin. Isn’t it beautiful?! For more People on Bikes galleries, see the archives.

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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Matt
Matt
15 days ago

Rider #18 (who is also top left in the collage) is brakeless. Thanks for the reminder to assume any other road user may crash into you at any time! Brakeless BMX are fine when you’re just endangering yourself in a skatepark, but not cool out on streets and paths with other people.

Chris I
Chris I
14 days ago
Reply to  Matt

No brakes, but he does have a giant knife on his hip.

Matt
Matt
15 days ago

Ooh, and who else can spot the bike with the fork installed backwards?

MarkM
15 days ago

RE: “I find busy bike traffic days very life-affirming and they help restore my optimism for Portland.”

I appreciate your positive press about the esplanade! I agree with your comment above and would like to add walking traffic as well. As you know, since my “What would Vera Katz think?” post two years ago, I’ve been concerned about the ongoing state of the esplanade. In addition to positive press, I also think continued activation is key. We need to get outside and into our streets (trails, parks, downtown) more often. After two years, I still see much that we can be proud of and smile about; we might need to just look again.