Pedalpalooza 2015 rolled into Portland Thursday evening with a swarm full of smiles as something approaching 1,000 people took over East Burnside for the city’s first big ride of the summer.
The route (led by Nathan Jones of Ride Yr Bike‘s regular Thursday night rides) snaked through central east Portland and through Lone Fir Cemetery before a stopover at Basecamp Brewery, where some peeled off and others continued toward festivities into the evening.
Before and after the ride, we buttonholed a bunch of participants to ask what rides this year they’re most eager to be part of.
As for the Kickoff Ride itself, it was a joy as usual, despite some slowdowns for unusual stunts like the trip through the cemetery. Some good times from the ride started at the meeting place, Salmon Street Fountain:
And continued through the Better Naito multi-use path pilot project (yes, this is a tiny house with no brakes being towed by bikes):
Over the Burnside Bridge:
And up into Portland’s east side:
Then through the cemetery:
And back into the streets:
And there was a trapeze being pulled by bike!
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The Kickoff ride is always one of my favorites of the year because more than almost any other bike event in Portland, it’s a gathering of the tribes. This was another great one and it got me stoked for the month to come.
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