It’s time to start getting excited about Pedalpalooza 2016

It’s time to start getting excited about Pedalpalooza 2016

Hammercise Ride-7

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

This is a guest post by Chris “Fool” McCraw, a longtime contributor to Pedalpalooza, the self-organizing festival of bike fun that happens in Portland every June.

Pedalpalooza is back for 2016 and better than ever. This year we’re running from the 9th of June until the 4th of July, to embrace even more of that delicious sunny summer weather.

Rocky Butte Sunset Ride-7

Some great rides are big and some great rides are small.

Everything gets started at the kickoff ride, which will be led by the Thursday Night Ride crew. We’re aiming to have Pedalpalooza pennants for the first couple of hundred folks who show up, so come early and make some new friends and catch up with old ones.

Bowie vs Prince Ride-24

Some of the popular rides from years past have already committed: Dropout Prom, the Midnight Mystery Ride, and of course the dueling “biggest events of Pedalpalooza” – the Naked Bike Ride and Sunday Parkways, back to back on June 25 and 26.

What’s going to be most exciting event at Pedalpalooza this year? Your ride! If you already have an idea, throw it on the calendar. If you need help brainstorming, visit the Pedalpalooza page on Facebook and toss your half-baked idea out there. You’ll almost certainly get suggestions and you might find a co-leader!

Having trouble believing that you’re ready to lead a ride? Fear not, there will be two Ride Leadership Rides this year: one on May 8 and one the first weekend of Pedalpalooza in June.


Chris McCraw

Stay tuned to BikePortland for more coverage. Here’s to hoping 2016 is the best Pedalpalooza ever!

– Chris “Fool” McCraw, member of Team Slow and that guy who always has huge bunny ears attached to his helmet.

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