The organizers of the five-year-old PDX Bicycle Show have announced that they’re pulling the plug on the annual event in the Portland Expo Center.
“Exhibitor Booth Registrations to date were lower than expected, so we have made a difficult decision to cancel the March show,” the organizing team wrote in a a statement on the website of parent company Pedal Nation Events. “All exhibitors who registered have been refunded 100%.”
“We’d like to send a special ‘Thank You’ to all of the supporters, sponsors, exhibitors, and friends who’ve been a part of the show over years,” they added, leaving ambiguous whether the show might return in future years.
For the last few years, the PDX Bike Show has been a venue for local and regional bike component and accessory makers to show off their work to an audience beyond Portland’s dedicated “bike community.”
“The most important thing this show does is to introduce bicycling to people that don’t shop at bike shops and who don’t yet feel comfortable on a bike (or at a group bike ride/event for that matter),” Jonathan wrote in his recap post last year.
Organizers Aaron McBride and Andrea Upgreave couldn’t be reached for comment Friday afternoon. We’ll update this post or publish a follow-up when we know more.