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No ‘Bike the Lights’ night at Winter Wonderland this year due to virus fears

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on December 2nd, 2020 at 12:11 pm

Not this year.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

“Social distancing from the comfort of your car.” That’s how the folks behind the annual Winter Wonderland event at Portland International Raceway are marketing this year’s event.

Since 2009 organizers have set aside one night of the five-week event where bicycle riders could enjoy the lights and festive vibes without the toxic emissions, noise, or threat of collisions posed by car drivers. But this year they’ve decided to cancel it. “Due to COVID-19 safety protocols, our special annual dog walking and bike nights will not be offered this year,” reads a statement by Sunshine Division, the Portland Police Bureau’s nonprofit arm that runs the event.[Read more…]

Hundreds of riders light the night at carfree Winter Wonderland event

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on November 29th, 2016 at 11:35 pm

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A rare window of dry skies was an unexpected treat.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

It was a perfect night to bundle up and enjoy the holiday lights at the annual “Bike the Lights” night at Winter Wonderland. With dry and relatively clear skies, hundreds of people (organizers expected over 1,200 based on last year’s numbers) showed up for a chance to pedal stress-free around the racetrack at Portland International Raceway.
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Two holiday rides worth doing (one of them’s tonight!)

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on December 28th, 2015 at 10:53 am


Riders at last year’s Bike the Lights ride. It happens again tonight (12/28).
(Photo: Tom Howe)

‘Tis the season to be jolly… But it can also be the season of eating, drinking and lounging around inside the comfy confines of your home with family and friends. Now it’s time to break that cabin fever, bundle up, grab your bike, and hit the streets.

There are two holiday rides in Portland worth doing. And one of them is tonight (Monday the 28th). Here are the details…
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‘Bike the Lights’ carfree tonight at PIR

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on December 8th, 2014 at 10:38 am

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Biking the lights.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

A great local tradition happens tonight: The annual “Bike the Lights” night out at Portland International Raceway’s Winter Wonderland.[Read more…]

1,500 free cookies and hot cocoa at Bike the Lights tonight

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on December 3rd, 2012 at 11:13 am

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Bike the Lights is tonight from 5-9pm out at PIR.

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Bundle up and get ready to ‘Bike the Lights’ at PIR

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on December 1st, 2011 at 9:30 am

Bike night at Winter Wonderland is this Monday!
(Photos © J. Maus)

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‘Bike the Lights’ returns to PIR for second year

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on December 1st, 2010 at 2:12 pm

Many people braved 20-degree temps to see the (carfree) light displays at PIR last year.
(Photos © J. Maus)

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Hundreds brave chills to enjoy ‘Winter Wonderland’ by bike

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on December 8th, 2009 at 9:22 am

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Riding under the lights (and in the cold)
last night at PIR.
(Photos © J. Maus)

Note to event organizers: All it takes to coax hundreds of biking Portlanders to your event — even in temps hovering near the 20s — is to make it carfree and serve free hot drinks.

Last night was the first-ever bike-only night at Portland International Raceway’s annual Winter Wonderland holiday light spectacular. The folks at PIR create dozens of light sculptures and let folks roll around the race track taking in the festive sights. Usually it’s a treat only people in cars can enjoy, but this year, thanks to some persistent nudging from local bike advocates, they had a Bike Night.[Read more…]

Raceway’s ‘Winter Wonderland’ will include one night just for bikes

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on November 5th, 2009 at 8:27 am

Imagine riding through this
with a few friends!

Since 1993, the Portland International Raceway (PIR) has hosted the holiday tradition known as Winter Wonderland. Each year, over 100,000 people drive their cars along the racetrack which is adorned with massive, holiday-themed light sculptures and animated displays accompanied by festive Christmas tunes and holiday cheer.[Read more…]