Pedalpalooza update: Zombies, Star Wars, a drag queen, ‘Dropout Prom’, and more

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Laura Stormtrooper

Stormtrooper spotted downtown.
(Photo: Greg Raisman/Flickr)

12 days into Pedalpalooza (about half way through!) and the rides and good times show no sign of slowing down. In the interest of keeping you in the loop about what’s going on out there, I thought I’d share a brief update on just some of the rides going on…

Thursday’s highlight was Darcelle’s Parade of Glitz and Glitter, a tour of downtown Portland with none other than the famous, 81-year-old drag queen herself. Ride organizer Carl Larson said Darcelle (in her usual sequin dress) rolled along with the 70-person ride in a pedicab and pointed out various places of interest. Portland Mercury reporter Sarah Mirk was there and snapped some great photos

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Cargo bikes reach new heights at ‘Disaster Relief Trials’

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Michael Jones loads boxes of first-aid supplies
at a checkpoint located at the Red Cross on
N Vancouver Ave.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Sunday’s inaugural Disaster Relief Trials (DRT) was a big success on many levels.

The mock disaster scenario (a major earthquake) that the event was based on gave emergency responders and cargo bike enthusiasts a lot to think about. Disaster preparedness volunteers with the City’s Neighborhood Emergency Teams (NET) and the County’s Amateur Radio Emergency Service learned how to relay messages during a crisis, cargo bike builders learned how their designs performed under a variety of challenging, real-world conditions, and cargo bike operators learned how to push through the limits of pedal power.

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Picturing Pedalpaloozas past

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Pedalpalooza starts tonight with the traditional Kickoff Ride leaving the South Park Blocks at 6:00 pm. For as long as I’ve cared about bicycling in Portland, Pedalpalooza has been a strong inspiration. In many ways, it’s to blame for BikePortland’s existence.

As we embark on this month full of bike fun, I thought it’d be fun to take a look back at some of my favorite photos from years past. Since 2005, I’ve taken nearly 2,000 photos of Pedalpalooza rides and events. Looking through them has really fun. I hope you enjoy some of these as much as I do…

Bike Tango Fun Ride – 2011

Bike Tango Fun ride-4

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