Pedalpalooza 2010

2 weeks of bike fun!
Welcome to our coverage of Shift's Pedalpalooza. Keep it tuned right here for a daily roundup of rides, ride reports, links to photos and videos, and more.

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A sunset ride to Rocky Butte (Slideshow)

Friday, June 25th, 2010

The sun was a welcome companion as we snaked through Northeast Portland on our way up to Rocky Butte last night.
-Slideshow below/Gallery
(Photos © J. Maus)

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Report: Dandy Warhols Ride and Karaoke (photos)

Friday, June 25th, 2010

Ride Date – Monday, June 21, 2010
Ride Description

Ride Report
Rock fans gathered for a tour of Dandy Warhols history this past Monday. Accompanied by Zia McCabe from the band and Dan Kaufman’s disco trailer, we rode to the beat of Dandy tunes from SE through NW, stopping to see where “Welcome to the Monkey House” was recorded, where the video for “Bohemian Like You” was filmed, and Slabtown to watch a few music videos.

Then we continued through downtown, visiting the Odditorium, a practice and recording space and headquarters of their own Beat the World Records label and ending the night at Dante’s.

After a “Bohemian Like You” karaoke contest (versions included jazz, William Shatner style, freestyle and overly energetic) with Zia as the judge and first prize going to an Australian on vacation in the US who caught the ride by pure luck and couldn’t wait to update his Facebook page for his friends down under, riders had the chance to sing more songs with the Karaoke from Hell band on the stage where the Dandys’ fantastic “Godless” video was filmed.

Zia offered trivia and behind-the-scenes stories at every step of the way, answering questions and providing insight into the Dandy Warhols’ world and adventures.

Thanks to Jeff B. for his organization skills.

More photos can be seen here.

Report: Taco Ride II

Friday, June 25th, 2010

Reporter Name – Ben Salzberg
Ride Date – Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Ride Description

Ride Report
Once again, the theme was “tortillas hechos a mano” — only places with handmade tortillas.

About 40+ riders showed up in spite of my best attempts to confuse and obfuscate the route and start location.

We visited a brand new cart at Vancouver and Fremont, ¡Que Sabroso!, which was fanstastic and had the best tortillas hecho a mano of the night. Then on to old standby La Bonita on Alberta, then a long jaunt out to La Superior out on Lombard and Greeley. By that point we’d dropped to about 20 hardy taco fans.

Finally, we ended the night at ¿Por Que No? for some expensive but good margaritas and tacos.

Overall winner of the night: ¡Que Sabroso! But I’m psyched to try the mole at La Superior.

Ride Report: OMSI Pedals Science (photo)

Friday, June 25th, 2010

Reporter – Kristi Falkowski
Ride Date – Monday, June 21, 2010
Ride Description

Ride Report
OMSI’s first Pedalpalooza ride was great fun! About 40 of us started at the Muddy Rudder for those 21+(and not on the clock). Rode down to Sellwood Park for some liquid nitrogen ice cream. Birding at Oaks Bottom led to sightings of kingfishers, osprey, vultures, great blue herons and one bald eagle. Next stop riders got see see a demonstration of a home made generator using recycled hard hard dive magnet powered bike light and received instructions to take home. On to OMSI where Mentos and Pepsi exploded into the sky! Followed by some audience participatory chemistry demos behind PEPCO, the OMSI workshop. Riders then got to play with a trebuchets and various brainteasers. 5 lucky riders answered some trivia from the ride and won a pair of tickets each to OMSI After Dark.

Look for us again next year, who knows what will be in store!

Pedalpalooza Daily: Friday, June 25th

Friday, June 25th, 2010
Sunset at Rocky Butte

Sunset ride to Rocky Butte last night.
(Photo © J. Maus)

From infrastructure and planning discussions to outdoor film showings to mobile dance parties, Friday offers a variety of rides from your friends and neighbors. Follow the link for details.

Share the fun with our Ride Report Form. We’ll be posting some of these and other Pedalpalooza news on our Pedalpalooza Special Coverage Page.
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Video from yesterday’s ‘Transport Your Activism’ Ride

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Yesterday, I featured an informative Pedalpalooza ride organized by a grassroots livable streets activism group called Active Right of Way (AROW). They led folks around to areas needing improvement, discussed possible solutions, and equipped them with the tools (literally) to implement them.

Local filmmaker and founder of Microcosm Publishing Joe Biel was on the ride and put together this video of the group in action:

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Sprockettes lead over 100 on annual Pedalpalooza ride

Thursday, June 24th, 2010
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A sun-drenched field at Benson High
was a perfect spot for activities.
-Slideshow below/Gallery
(Photos © J. Maus)

Some (finally!) hot summer weather led to a big turnout on the Sprockettes Ride last night. The ride was part of Shift’s Pedalpalooza, which runs through Sunday.

Here’s the report from Agent Rod Quake, followed by a slideshow of my photos:

The gorgeous weather brought 132 riders to this year’s ride. Fun times were had at our first stop, Benson High School field, where we played all kinds of fun, field day activities. Attendees had a great time playing Sprockettes Simon Says, Human Knot, double dutch, face painting, parachute games, and more.[Read more…]

Ride Report: PDX to Camas (photo)

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Reporter – Michelle Week
Ride Date – Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Ride Description

Ride Report
Only 5 brave souls ventured to the pulp and paper land of Camas Tuesday.

The ride went off without a hitch and exposed some new riders to the old evergreen hwy. In Camas we stopped by Camas bikes (the only bike store in Camas), took a quick tour of the historic downtown area and stopped for coffee at piccolo paradisio before venturing back towards Portland. We also met up with one of the few bike commuters in Camas and learned a little bit about what it’s like to ride every day in a town of 17,000 where 80% of its residents drive single occupancy cars out of town to work.

We made great time and were headed back over I-205 forty minutes before “mocktails on the bridges” got set up. Only a slight disappointment given how gorgeously the weather held out for us.

Thanks for a great ride, thanks to BikePortland and the Mercury for publishing it, and hopefully the 5 person critical mass of Camas will expose more drivers to alternative transportation.

Pedalpalooza Daily: Thursday, June 24th

Thursday, June 24th, 2010
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130 people showed up for the
Sprockettes Ride last night!
(Photo © J. Maus)

Food, dance and trees factor prominently in today’s pedaling parties. Two Vancouver options, as well. Get out when you can, enjoy the sun and make a friend or three.

Share the fun with our Ride Report Form. We’ll be posting some of these and other Pedalpalooza news on our Pedalpalooza Special Coverage Page.
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Ride provides info and inspiration for transportation activism

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Ride participants in action.
(Photo: Steve Bozzone)

[Publisher’s note: The ride report below came in as part of our ongoing coverage of Pedalpalooza 2010. I thought it was so informative that I decided to put in on the Front Page. The ride was led by volunteer members of Active Right of Way (AROW), a grassroots transportation activism group that began with a “conversation” back in January. Their tagline is “Take control of your streets.” On Monday night’s ride, they stopped at several locations around town to discuss problems and solutions as well as share contact information of people in positions of influence.

Special thanks to AROW volunteer Steve Bozzone (who also does the Intersection 911 blog) for taking photos and writing this report.][Read more…]