Pedalpalooza

Pedalpalooza is an annual phenomenon made possible by Shift, a loosely organized nonprofit whose mission is to promote fun on bikes. It takes place for three weeks in June and is known for the big Kickoff Parade and the Naked Bike Ride — but those are just two of the over 300 events that make up the festival.

Pedalpalooza goes to the prom (photo gallery)

Avatar by on June 25th, 2019 at 9:22 am

(Photos: Eric Thornburg/no.lens.cap on IG)

The annual ‘Dropout Prom’ drew a great-looking crowd Friday night. The theme was Cosmic Space Invaders and judging from the images captured by our Pedalpalooza embed Eric Thornburg, you all nailed it!
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Pedalpalooza: Photos from Cosplay and Plaid To Plaid rides

Avatar by on June 17th, 2019 at 11:56 am

Clad in plaid at Plaid.
(Photos: Eric Thornburg/no.lens.cap on IG)

We hope you’ve been enjoying Pedalpalooza. From the looks of streets and social media it seems like the rides and events are going very well.

To keep you inspired and updated, we’ve got a few photos to share from two rides that happened on Saturday: The Cosplay Ride and the Plaid to Plaid Ride…

Cosplay Ride

Official description:

“Ladies, Gentlemen and everyone between! Come one, come all, come slither with Womanimal and her pet dragon! Please wear attire inspired from all things fantasy: kings, queens, orks, wizards, goblins, hobbitzes, gelflings, skeksis, unicorns, GOT, xmen and women, super heros, super villians, make it up, be your own creation! Having a story to tell will add to the allure!”

Ride leader Abbey Wan Dracoon led just over a dozen people on the inaugural edition of this ride. Our photographer Eric Thornburg said the outfits drew inspiration from the entire gamut of fantasy and relied heavily on Goodwill and Craigslist finds. What makes cosplay more fun? Getting on a bike and parading around town!

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Plaid To Plaid Ride
A healthy crowd showed up wearing as much plaid as they had and took a tour of a few local Plaid Pantry stores with some general bikey shenanigans thrown in for good fun. Here’s what it looked like…

Check the Pedalpalooza Calendar for more great rides!

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This Pedalpalooza ride paid homage to the color teal, and nearly 100 people showed up

Avatar by on June 14th, 2019 at 9:02 am

The teal is strong with this one.
(Photos by Eric Thornburg/No.Lens.Cap)

Some of the best Pedalpalooza rides are often the ones with the simplest theme. Case in point: Last night’s Teal Ride.
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Breakfast on the Bridges is every Friday morning in June

Avatar by on June 7th, 2019 at 1:16 pm

Volunteers and commuters chat on the western end of the Tillikum Bridge this morning.
(Photos: Eric Thornburg/no.lens.cap)

Breakfast on the Bridges is a proud Portland tradition. It’s been happening for about 16 years and shows no signs of running out of steam — or should I say cream. As in, cream for your coffee.
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Weekend Event Guide: Ripplebrook, Fanno Creek, murals, Sunrise Movement, and more

Avatar by on June 7th, 2019 at 7:10 am

The Sprockettes will host their last kids camp this weekend.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Remember how I said last week’s relative quiet was the calm before the storm? Well the storm is here. Pedalpalooza is in full swing and we’ve got a tantalizing selection of rides for you to choose from this weekend.
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Family Biking: How to Pedalpalooza with the little ones

Madi Carlson (Family Biking Columnist) by on June 4th, 2019 at 10:01 am

My kids on the Pedalpalooza Kickoff Ride.
(Photos: Madi Carlson)

Happy Pedalpalooza! My kids and I joined over a thousand others on the Pedalpalooza Kickoff Ride on Saturday and we’re excited for more bike fun! Hundreds of rides with all sorts of themes for all sorts of people will take place this month and a lot of them are kid friendly.
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Here’s what the Pedalpalooza Kickoff Ride looked like

Avatar by on June 3rd, 2019 at 10:31 am

Fremont Bridge in the background as hundreds of Kickoff riders made their way on the route through northwest Portland.
(Photos by Eric Thornburg/no.lens.cap)

Pedalpalooza is off and running. And from the amount of smiles at Saturday’s Kickoff Ride, y’all are ready for it!
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Pedalpalooza, Portland’s biggest bike festival, is just one month away

Avatar by on May 1st, 2019 at 12:34 pm

One month until you can spread our wings and fly into Pedalpalooza!
(Photo: Eric Thornburg/No.Lens.Cap)

It’s still a month away, but it’s so big you need at least that much time to get ready. Yes, of course I’m talking about Pedalpalooza.[Read more…]

Pedalpalooza through the lens of photographer Eric Thornburg

Avatar by on June 22nd, 2018 at 1:18 pm

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(All photos property of Eric Thornburg and used with permission.)

Portland photographer Eric Thornburg’s images of Pedalpalooza rides are a testament to what “free bike fun” in Portland is really all about.
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Finding a family-friendly Pedalpalooza

Madi Carlson (Family Biking Columnist) by on June 13th, 2018 at 10:06 am

We had a great group for the Kidical Mass ride to Cargo Bike Roll Call on Sunday.
(Photos: Madi Carlson)

I’m incredibly excited to be experiencing my first June as a Portlander, which means my first Pedalpalooza!

Our Family Biking column is sponsored by Clever Cycles.

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Organized by the all-volunteer Shift, Pedalpalooza is a month-long festival filled with hundreds of bike events, organized by anyone who wants to lead a ride. There’s hopefully something for everyone. Most events are bike rides and most have a fun theme, but anything goes (like Bladepacking, “like bike packing but on BLADES SKATES AND BOARDS. This is an overnight”).

There are so many rides, it can feel overwhelming. Here’s how to navigate it all and find rides that are fun for families.[Read more…]