Did you ride Bridge Pedal? The weather was perfect, and I saw lots of families having a great time riding and enjoying the views.
That’s because it won’t be included in the 2016 version.
After years of construction and anticipation, TriMet’s Tilikum Bridge opened to the public on Sunday, August 9th 2015. It was sweet timing for Bridge Pedal participants, who earned bragging rights for being part of the first wave of people to ever go across it. The bridge was the marquee attraction for last yeart’s event and it featured prominently on all four routes. But the Bridge Pedal/Tilikum relationship might have been nothing more than a torrid a one-day stand.
With walkers and in strollers, on hopalongs and (in the case of quite a few happily panting dogs) on leashes, Portlanders packed a series of previews Sunday of Tilikum Crossing, the first bridge in the United States to carry buses, bikes, trains, streetcars and people walking but no private cars.
If you, like us, have spent the last five years dreaming of the day you’ll be pedaling across Portland’s lovely new car-free bridge, this weekend is your first chance.
The Tilikum Crossing will temporarily open to bike traffic this Sunday, Aug. 9, for two events: first, the Providence Bridge Pedal, the paid ride that loops across Portland’s Willamette River bridges; and second, a three-hour open window that TriMet is calling “The People’s Preview.”
You know you want to ride it.
The Tilikum Crossing bridge has been seducing your eyes for months now with its elegant lines that span the Willamette, its carfree promise, and its 14-foot wide bike/walk path.
When Bridge Pedal registration opens today at noon, you can reserve your spot to be one of the first people to ride a bicycle across it. Well, you and 20,000 others.
Over 19,000 people took part in Sunday’s Bridge Pedal ride. Unfortunately for some of them a routing mishap put a damper on an otherwise fun day.
Almost immediately following my call for input about the ride, people chimed in with tales of disappointment. It turns out many people were told they had missed a time cut-off at the Steel Bridge which meant they couldn’t complete the full 10-bridge ride.
“Hundreds of us 10 bridge riders were disappointed we got directed the wrong way,” read one comment. “We met two sets of friends who missed the St. Johns turn and felt cheated. I suspect that they were too late to make the time cutoff, but didn’t know it, so thought they’d simply missed a turn,” read another.
The 2011 Bridge Pedal has started!
If you are one of the 20,000 people hitting the course today, chime in below and share your impressions of the event. Did you do the full, 10-bridge ride? How did you like the new route? Did you see any crazy stuff out there?