pedalpalooza 2016

Fun for everybody! A 7-point action plan for a more diverse Pedalpalooza

Avatar by on June 16th, 2016 at 2:31 pm

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At the Multnomah County Bike Fair, 2014.
(Photos: J.Maus/BikePortland)

This post is by columnist Taz Loomans.

Not long ago, I thought more bike lanes would save the world. In fact, my passion for a better environment for bicyclists and pedestrians was one of the reasons I moved to Portland.

Since then I’ve become disillusioned with the bike advocacy movement, largely because of its lack of racial and ethnic diversity.

According to the recent CNN article by comedian/activist W. Kamau Bell, called Gentrifying Portland: A tale of two cities, “Portland is 76 percent white. That’s a lot, for two reasons. 1) According to the 2010 census, the United States is 72% white, so Portland is whiter than America. 2) Portland is considered a major city. And we don’t associate major cities with whiteness,” he says.

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Five rides before Friday: Bike bells, Pittsburgh longings and more

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on June 13th, 2016 at 1:53 pm

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Organizer-provided art for the Queerest Bike Ride
of the Year (Thursday).

Welcome to the first of a series we’ll be running for the next three Mondays: a roundup of weekday rides in the Pedalpalooza bike festival that you might have overlooked but shouldn’t.

Rust Belt Ride
Tuesday, 6 p.m.
SE Eastbank Esplanade and Main Street (Vera Katz statue)
“Calling all yinzers! Join me on a casually-paced ride to a few Portland places that remind me of Pittsburgh.”

Bike Bell Ensemble
Thursday, noon meet / 12:10 ride
NW Naito Parkway and Couch (Japanese American Historical Plaza)
“A short lunch-hour ride down the waterfront. … Plan for rhythmic improvisation, silliness, and lots of ringing.”

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7 things to know for a great Bowie Vs Prince ride

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on June 10th, 2016 at 12:55 pm


Ride co-leaders Lillian Karabaic and Tim Nakayama at last year’s Bowie Vs Prince.
(Photos: Lillian Karabaic)

The recent deaths of rock titans David Bowie and Prince have had a unique impact on Portland because of the beloved tradition of the Bowie Vs Prince ride. The woman who created the ride, Lillian Karabaic, sent us a few last-minute reminders before it rolls for the last time this Saturday (6/11) at 7:00 pm.

For the 9th and final time, Bowie Vs Prince will ride tomorrow through the streets of Portland. For some folks, they’ve never missed this ride, and for others, it will be their first time. Below are a few things to keep in mind before you roll out on Saturday night…

1. Best things to Bring for Dancing in The Streets

Bring snacks, water, lights, a bike lock, your ID and your dancing shoes. If you can, bring a candle for a memorial. If you usually hit bed early, I’d recommend a disco nap in the evening, as this ride will go late.
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Hundreds turn out for Pedalpalooza Kickoff Ride (photos)

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on June 9th, 2016 at 9:59 pm

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Portland’s annual Pedalpalooza kicked off in fine fashion tonight. The mass of riders strung out on Belmont from SE 12th (where I’m standing to take this photo) all the way onto the Morrison Bridge over the Willamette River.
(Photos J. Maus/BikePortland)

Tonight’s Pedalpalooza Kickoff Ride was the largest in recent memory with hundreds of people (a thousand?) turning out to celebrate the upcoming month of rides, fun and new friends.
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Pedalpalooza starts tomorrow!

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on June 8th, 2016 at 5:00 pm

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A scene from the 2010 kickoff ride.
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)

It’s almost here. The largest bike event of its kind on planet Earth is about to start.
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Pedalpalooza is nearly here! Get your rides listed by Sunday

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on May 11th, 2016 at 3:12 pm

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Hammercising in Waterfront Park during Pedalpalooza in 2010.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Portland’s legendary lead-it-yourself festival of bike fun kicks off in one month, and that means it’s time for you to write a line or two of its legend.

This year’s Pedalpalooza festival will run from June 9 to July 4, and so far it’s got 173 rides listed. But there’s still room for lots more, and the print calendar (which is distributed in the Portland Mercury) goes to press after this Sunday, May 15.

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It’s time to start getting excited about Pedalpalooza 2016

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on March 3rd, 2016 at 2:59 pm

Hammercise Ride-7

Random acts of Hammercise: one more treasure of the Portland summer.
(Photos: J.Maus/BikePortland)

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