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 will look and feel a lot different this year, but organizers have done an amazing job putting together something that could be every bit as memorable.
Because Covid-19 is still very much a concern and riding in groups is still a bad idea, the name of the game this year is that daily themes and sharing rides digitally will create some of the community connections we so badly crave. The official Pedalpalooza calendar is full with a different theme for each day of the five week, 35-day festival and it all begins this Monday, June 1st.
Lead organizer Meghan Sinnott says only one of the days is Portland-specific, which means people from anywhere around the region (or globe!) can join in the fun. “The theme days are meant to inspire cyclists everywhere. This year, for instance, we’ve had a spike of interest from the west side (Tualatin mostly), Vancouver and Clackamas,” she said. [Read more…]
There are many aspects of living in a bike-friendly city that are never captured in myriad annual lists and rankings.
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!
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…
“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!
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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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.