Portlanders pedal through the storm

Portlanders pedal through the storm

Rain rider

(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Portland was pelted with a serious storm this weekend. High winds and heavy rainfall lasted throughout all of Saturday and Sunday and while forecasters say the worst is over, this morning’s commute was far from a cakewalk.

But like always when the weather turns tough, there are still a lot of Portlanders who will bike right through it. I headed out with my camera this morning to capture some of the action.

Sideways rain hammered the bike commuters I saw this morning in north and downtown Portland. Yet while the number of riders was down significantly from an average weekday, there was still a relatively steady stream of people on bikes. In addition to rain and wind, they had to dodge fallen tree limbs, curbside lakes, and all manner of debris on the road.

It’s also worth noting that today is the final day of the BTA’s Bike Commute Challenge. Speaking of which, here’s BTA Executive Director Rob Sadowsky showing how it’s done…

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And as the rest of the hardy folks in the photos below illustrate, we learned this morning why the BTA calls it a “challenge”…

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And then a ray of hope that the worst is over…

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Did you ride this morning and/or over the weekend? If not, why not? If so, what was it like?

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