Pedalpalooza Ride Guide: June 27 ~ July 1

A scene from the epic Splash Dance ride in 2008. ( (Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

Can you believe it’s already week four of Pedalpalooza Bike Summer. How are you holding up?

To help guide you through the fun options, every Monday we choose one ride from each day that looks interesting and worthy of your attention. As always, check out our Weekend Event Guide and Calendar for more of our ride selections (remember you can filter our calendar to only show the Pedalpalooza category).

Here are our selections for tonight and the coming week:

Monday, June 27th

Heat Wave Splashdown – 5:00 pm at Bill Naito Legacy Fountain (Naito Parkway at Portland Saturday Market)
Fountain splashing is one of my favorite Pedalpalooza ride genres. If you are new to town, we swim in our fountains here (despite what signs might say). So grab your suit and roll out for some good cool fun. More info here.

Tuesday, June 28th

Taylor Swift Ride – 6:30 pm at Laurelhurst Park (NE)
News got you down? This ride will help you “Shake it off”. Haha. Get it? I’ll let you imagine how this ride will go. More info here.

Wednesday, June 29th

The Big Lebowski Ride – 7:00 pm at Colonel Summers Park (SE)
Put on your favorite Big Lebowski outfit and watch devoted fans act out scenes from this classic movie. More info here.

Thursday, June 30th

Star Trek Ride – 6:00 pm at Oregon Park (NE)
Join fellow Trekkies for a mission to new planets where you’ll admire and show off costumes and take part in a trivia contest with a Grand Prize! More info here.

Friday, July 1st

Jock Jams Ride – 7:30 pm at Laurelhurst Park
Show the world how Portland sports fans roll. Grab those jerseys and pads and other sports gear and rock out to fun music. More info here.


As always, check the official calendar for details on every single ride. And be sure to check official event pages for latest updates and cancellations before you roll out. Have fun out there!

Pedalpalooza Ride Guide: June 21 ~ 24

Pedalpalooza Bike Summer keeps rolling along. (Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

Finally! It appears we have warmer, sunnier weather on the horizon. And it’s a good thing because Bike Summer is still going strong into its third (of 12!) weeks.

To help guide you through the fun options, every Monday (sorry, I couldn’t get to this yesterday) we choose one ride from each day that looks interesting and worthy of your attention. As always, check out our Weekend Event Guide and Calendar for more of our ride selections (remember you can filter our calendar to only show the Pedalpalooza category).

This week you’ll have a chance to make some noise with some fun music-themed rides…

Tuesday, June 21st

Sync It! – 7:00 pm at Woodstock Park (SE)
Booming music makes group rides better. But a cacophony of competing crooners can be sound more like chaos than coolness. Leaders of this ride will sync up their devices and roll with a shared Spotify playlist that everyone can contribute to. More info here.

Wednesday, June 22nd

Bleeps and Bloops Ride – 6:00 pm at Holladay Park (NE)
A different take on a musical ride, organizers promise a musical parade and encourage participants to, “Strap on your synthesizers, your noisemaking devices, your ring modulators and Gameboys…and your mini-xylophones, too,” as they pedal from park to park. More info here.

Thursday, June 23rd

Drum n Bass Ride – 8:00 pm at Powell Park (SE)
If you’re looking for a dance ride, this could be right up your alley. Ride leaders say, “There will be plenty of jungle, breakbeats, bangers, new and old.” More info here.

Friday, June 24th

Better Naito Forever Celebration Ride – 5:00 pm at Salmon Street Fountain (SW)
The new protected bike lanes on Naito Parkway that opened last month are a huge deal. Just as important as the lanes themselves is how the project came about. This ride will be led by activists from Better Block PDX who were there at the beginning. They will regale you with tales of pushing the limits of PBOT and will share what it took to get this project over the finish line. More info here.


As always, check the official calendar for details on every single ride. And be sure to check official event pages for latest updates and cancellations before you roll out. Have fun out there!

‘Bike Play: Beyond Velodrome’ is Pedalpalooza’s must-see event

Skid Vicious (Kris Mahoney-Watson) demands attention during Scene Two which took place at Irving Park. (Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)
Event poster

Of the many creations inspired by Pedalpalooza over the years, perhaps none is more special than Bike Play. 

The event/ride is an original play written for Pedalpalooza that includes professional acting, multiple scenes, and original song and dance numbers. The stages are parks, parking lots, and other public spaces and the audience rides alongside the actors to each one. There are no tickets and everyone is welcome.

This is the 13th year of Bike Play, and Thursday night a huge crowd enjoyed every minute of it. 

Created by The Working Theater Collective under the direction of Ashley Hollingshead, this year’s play was titled Beyond Velodrome: PDX Drift. The entire cast helped write the play and rehearsed four days a week since March. After seeing last night’s show, their hard work has clearly paid off.

The setting was a post-apocalyptic Portland in the “Pacific Northwasteland” that had suffered a mass inflation event. 

The first of five scenes was staged at Capitalism Fountain outside the ruins of Lloyd Center Mall on Northeast Multnomah and 9th. The sculpture was an apt backdrop for the drama that would unfold. 

Announcer Scott Weidlich (who also played Tom Cruiser) set the scene by describing that the Portland as we know it had died because people became too enamored with stuff. “The more they had, the more they worshiped at the beacon of commerce,” Weidlich pronounced to the huge crowd.

“Into the silence came bicycle gangs. They were ruthless, and they survived.”

“Into the silence came bicycle gangs,” he continued. “They were ruthless, and they survived.”

The Broken Spokes were the toughest gang in town. When a Stranger (played by Hans Ellis) showed up searching for community and a long lost Brooks saddle that was owned by his dead father, he finds more than he bargained for. 

Alongside his bike named “Hermes,” the Stranger saves eventual love interest Schwinnona Rider (played by Lindsay Liden) from a rival gang and decides he wants to become a Broken Spoke himself. But he must first survive the “Rite of Rituals” and navigate a series of trials as well as relationships with friends and enemies.

Related: ‘Bicycle Snatchers’ play takes theater to the streets

One of the trials is a bike race that takes place in a parking lot off Northeast Tillamook and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The way they depicted the action was brilliant. The actors stood in place (without bikes, see photo below) as if they were astride their bikes in a peloton. The announcer gave a play-by-play as the drama ensued. At points of high tension between the Stranger and his arch rival, Racer X (played by Brett Hamann), the announcer and actors went into slow-motion mode and hilarity ensued.

During a scene played at Harriet Tubman Middle School, there was a delightfully choreographed dance to The Weeknd’s hit song Blinding Lights. One of my favorite moments was a campy yet very sweet duet sung by the Stranger and Schwinnona Rider. 

And if you love puns, you are in for a treat. The script was full of Portland and bike-related jokes. Cycle Angelo (Hayley Hessler) described one of the characters as being, “Like a voracious racoon rummaging through a Laughing Planet dumpster.” And when The Stranger showed up at the gang’s secret hideout and said, “I come in peace,” a suspicious Dwayne “U-Lock” Johnson (Yohhei Sato) replied, “Bikely story.”

For the final scene we returned to Lloyd Center. As the sun set over the West Hills, the crowd settled on the roof of a parking lot to watch the resolution.

Did the Broken Spokes survive an internal rift with Skid Vicious (played by Kris Mahoney-Watson)? What secret was Racer X hiding? Was the gang being sabotaged from within by Cycle Angelo (Hayley Hessler), the mechanic Fixie Mattel (Emilie Landmann) or Dwayne “U-Lock” Johnson (Yohhei Sato)? 

You’ll have to see it yourself to find out.

I cannot recommend this enough! The script is brilliant and the performances were heartfelt and on-point. Bike Play 13 runs for three more nights, June 17th, 18th and 19th. Get the details on our calendar. For updates, follow Bike Play on Instagram.

If you appreciate the amazing work of these artists, consider supporting them via Venmo @bike-play.

The cast from left to right: Emilie Landmann (Fixie Mattel), Kris Mahoney-Watson (Skid Vicious), Scott Weidlich (Announcer and Tom Cruiser), Hans Ellis (The Stranger), Linsday Liden (Schwinnona Rider), Brett Hamann (Racer X), Yohhei Sato (Dwayne “U-Lock” Johnson), Hayley Hessler (Cycle Angelo).