Pedalpalooza 2008

Presented by Shift, Pedalpalooza is a bike celebration/event like no other. Over 200 events in 17 days. Below you’ll find ride reports, links to photos, videos, and more!

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Bikes and their riders are subjects of Mini-bike Life Drawing event

Posted on June 23rd, 2008 at 2:52 pm.

A sketch from the event.
More photos here.
(Photo © Phloxie)

[This report was written by ride organizer eRin.]

Mini-bike Life Drawing was the perfect post-World Naked Bike Ride wind-down on Sunday! A saxophone player practiced nearby, the breeze blew, the sun shone, drunk kids pestered us for lighters, photos, and drawings of themselves, and best, people kept showing up to draw! The circles and angles of bikes were the perfect complement to people. [Read more…]

Zombies put the scare into Pedalpalooza

Posted on June 23rd, 2008 at 2:32 pm.

Zombie Cycle Rampager. More photos here.
(Photos © geargreaser)

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Splash Dancers boogie in downtown fountains

Posted on June 23rd, 2008 at 10:32 am.

Splash Dance Ride

Splash Dancing at its finest!
More photos
(Photos © J. Maus)

The Splash Dance ride was awesome.

About 70 people joined us for the start at Salmon Street fountain (including this insanely large, trike tall bike). After getting wet at Salmon Street, we paraded to Skidmore Fountain. It was packed with people before we got there and the scene was crazy. Pedalpalooza-ers took over the smallish fountain much to the delight of tourists and everyone around.[Read more…]

Pedalpalooza events for Monday (6/23)

Posted on June 23rd, 2008 at 10:03 am.

Splash Dance Ride

Splash Dancers took over
the city’s fountains on
More photos here
(Photos © J. Maus)

And the fun keeps on going…even on a Monday!

Lots of interesting and fun rides to consider today/tonight. Do you like urban history? Graffiti? Gelato? Pizza perhaps? If so, there’s a ride for you.

See the full list of rides below, or for more details visit the official Pedalpalooza calendar.

The Unnecessarily Fun Ride
Col. Summers Park, SE 20th and Belmont
A Bring your own Bike Rodeo and Circus Fun Bike-stravaganza! Bring toys, games, food, and friends. Meet other humans passionate about having fun, learn to juggle, or have a picnic. For kids of all ages. Free![Read more…]

Kids take to downtown traffic on ‘Kidical Mass’ ride

Posted on June 21st, 2008 at 1:21 am.

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Photo Gallery
Video below
(Photos © J. Maus)

It’s like Critical Mass without the attitude or the age.

Portland’s first Kidical Mass ride (an import from Eugene) was a big success tonight. About 40 people (and about half were little ones!) showed up for a short loop through downtown.

Ride organizer Angela Koch, the Safe Routes to Schools director for the BTA, led us from the North Park Blocks, up NW Johnson to 21st, across Burnside to Alder, and then back to the Pearl District for ice cream at Ben & Jerry’s.[Read more…]

A slideshow of sexy cyclists

Posted on June 21st, 2008 at 12:22 am.

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Gallery – Slideshow below
(Photos © J. Maus)

A large group of fashionable bike riders gathered in the South Park Blocks in downtown Portland this evening for the annual Sexy Cyclists Ride.

Participants showed up in all manner of outfits — from sequined pants, and saucy dresses (worn by boys and girls) to fishnets and, well, barely anything at all.
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Pedalpalooza weekend guide and open thread

Posted on June 20th, 2008 at 11:55 pm.

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There’s a ride for everyone (even these
little guys!) during Pedalpalooza!
(Photos © J. Maus)

Here it is folks, your weekend Pedalpalooza lineup.

Peruse the list below with your Saturday morning coffee and head out for two full days of bike fun the likes of which have never been seen.

Whether you like to roller skate, race tandems, build and ride chariots, splash in fountains, rage like a zombie, Zoobomb for 100 miles, swing both ways, or camp with your bike — there is something for you.

Check out the full schedule below and don’t forget to share your ride reports and adventures in the comments… see you out there!
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Ride Report: Unicycle Polo at Alberta Park (video)

Posted on June 20th, 2008 at 10:37 am.

Yesterday, Portland’s Unicycle Bastards hosted a few games of Unicycle Polo at Alberta Park.

Bill Mikesell from was there and he produced this video report:

Pedalpalooza events for Friday (6/20)

Posted on June 20th, 2008 at 10:16 am.

Another day of exciting Pedalpalooza ride choices.

Tonight is the debut of Portland’s Kidical Mass and the reprise of one of last year’s coolest Pedalpalooza rides, the Sexy Cyclist Ride. You might also want to check out the Worst of Portland ride, and see the seedy underbelly of Portland’s vaunted bikeway network.

Below is a list of today’s events (see the full calendar here):

Bike Lunch
Waterfront park, SW Pine St and Naito Pkwy
12:15pm – 1:15pm, Every Friday
Make friends with bikey people on your lunch break.
At waterfront park near battleship Oregon mast

Now What? What to do When the Bike Path Ends.
Citybikes Annex, SE 8th Ave and Ankeny St Take Trimet (by cob bench/kiosks)
2:00pm – 5:00pm, depart at 2:15
Zen and the art of finding pleasant bike routes on neighborhood side streets, especially when the bike path alongside car, bus & truck traffic ends abruptly. Ride will end at Salmon Street Springs at 5:00 pm in time to hook up with “The Worst of Portland Ride” (unless noone wants to).[Read more…]

Pedalpalooza events for Thursday (6/19)

Posted on June 19th, 2008 at 9:31 am.

Another stupendous slew of bike events planned for Pedalpalooza today! See the full calendar here.

Bicycle Boulevard Tour
South Park blocks outside PSU Smith Memorial Student Union, SW Harrison St and Harrison St, Washington
2:00pm – 5:00pm, ends at BTA office: 233 NW 5th Ave
Tour SE Portland’s Bicycle Boulevards and see the low traffic, family friendly routes through the neighborhood. We will tour various traffic calming and reduction features that make these streets ideal for cycling. Ride is free, flat and family friendly. Please wear a helmet!

Mocktails off the I-5 Bridge
Vancouver, NW end of the path off the I-5 bridge
3:30pm – 6:00pm
Commuter social serving virgin cocktails, finger food, advice, brochures & maps to bicyclists.[Read more…]