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‘Critical Mastectomy’: Post-op women will roll together in World Naked Bike Ride

‘Critical Mastectomy’: Post-op women will roll together in World Naked Bike Ride

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Barb Grover soon after her double
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Barb Grover doesn’t have breasts any more, and doesn’t mind who knows it.

As part of her cancer treatment, the Portland woman had a double mastectomy one year ago next week. On Saturday, to celebrate, she’ll be joining thousands of other people to ride through the streets of Portland with nothing on.

She’s invited other post-mastectomy women and their supporters to join her at whatever level of clothing they wish. She’s dubbed it “Critical Mastectomy.”

“Once the treatment is over, we go about our lives and look like we’re assuming a normal day to day,” Grover, 54, said in an interview Thursday. “And most of us have scars. That doesn’t get talked about a lot in public. We see Angelina Jolie and she looks like her old self again. But that’s not the path that a lot of women choose, or can choose. … This is what it really looks like, people; this is what it’s really like. It’s not awful. It’s just different. We just need to be a little more open about it.”

That’s what makes it a perfect fit for Oregon’s largest pay-what-you-will ride of the year, which starts rolling at 9 p.m. Saturday in Colonel Summers Park.

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“It’s not awful. It’s just different. We just need to be a little more open about it.”
— Barb Grover

“The World Naked Bike Ride to me is about inclusivity,” said Grover, who is also the owner, with her husband Joel, of Southeast Portland cargo bike shop Splendid Cycles. “That’s saying bikes need to be included in things, but also all these different bodies, all these different journeys. … That’s the protest side of why I want to do it. it’s also selfish. I haven’t been naked in public with my new look, and I wanted to do that, maybe with some support from other people that understood, and maybe giving some support for other people who want to do the same.”

Grover said she’s doing so even though she didn’t disclose her cancer diagnosis to many people who know her. “Making people worry was harder than taking care of myself,” she said. But she decided this month that she was willing to break that “code of privacy” in order to help herself and others feel good about their post-mastectomy bodies.

“It’s just something that occurred to me to do and I came up with a name and that told me I had to do it,” Grover said with a laugh.

Her way of thinking about her cancer has been a little unconventional, she said.

“The way I talk about it is that I partnered with it last year to change my life, and it changed it in a lot of really positive ways,” she said. “I’m a lot more active and proactive, and willing to stand up for things. I’m more willing to do crazy things like this.”

Any people who’ve had mastectomies or other forms of cancer are welcome, Grover says. So are their fans, friends and supporters. The Critical Mastectomy ride will meet at 8 p.m. in the basketball court at SE 17th and Taylor; Grover will be holding a small sign.


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It’s not your imagination: Pedalpalooza’s big rides are getting bigger

It’s not your imagination: Pedalpalooza’s big rides are getting bigger

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This year’s massive kickoff ride was the first sign that something was up.
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Pedalpalooza veterans sometimes tell stories of 2009, the year the festival seemed to hit the big time.

This year’s ‘Loud and Lit’ ride was probably the “largest clothed Shift ride in Portland history.”

“Everything seemed to be three to four times bigger than it was the previous year and nobody was really planning for it,” Shawn Granton, founder of the Urban Adventure League, recalled Tuesday. “Everything was just 100-people rides when before it was like 20 people.”

For the annual Portland bike festival’s biggest rides, at least, 2015 has been such a year again — and the biggest ride of all is coming on Saturday.

Three weeks back, the kickoff ride drew 900 or more. The following weekend, Loud and Lit drew something around 2,000. The World Naked Bike Ride, scheduled for this Saturday, always draws many more participants than admit on Facebook that they’re planning to be there … and so far it has 6,000 RSVPs.

Saturday is currently forecast to be one of the warmest days in Portland history, with late-evening temperatures in the 80s.

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Prepping for the World Naked Bike Ride, 2014.
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Ted Buehler observed that this year’s Loud and Lit party was probably “the largest clothed Shift ride in Portland history.”

“I videotaped 15 seconds of riders in the Lloyd parking garage, and had 35 riders go by, for 140 a minute,” Buehler wrote in an email. “And the ride took at least 15 minutes to roll by, probably 20. I was well behind he beginning of the ride when I stopped and corked 28th and Sandy, and there was a sea of headlights covering the entire 28th Ave overpass for a really long time, probably more than 10 minutes.”

Lillian Karabaic, founder and longtime co-leader of the Bowie-vs-Prince/Prince-vs-Bowie rides, said she thinks the reputation of the biggest Pedalpalooza rides have outgrown the reputation of the festival itself.

“I got a question today for the Bowie vs Prince ride that was like, ‘Do you need to have a bike for this?’” she said. “I was like, ‘Yes! It’s part of a whole festival.’ It was like, ‘Oh sweet, I’ve got to get a bike by Friday because this is going to be too good to miss.’”

Karabaic, Buehler and Granton all agreed that a big factor in the change can be summed up in one word: Facebook.

Nathan Jones, whose only previous Pedalpalooza was 2012’s and led this year’s kickoff ride, said the social media site’s impact has been “huge.”

The site’s stream of reminders and photo options give ride leaders a perfect way to communicate the “persona” of a ride, he said.

“I think it’s a great way to just kind of provide a bigger image of what the rides are going to be,” said Jones. “And it’s easy to just kind of build the momentum. You can just see it ripple like waves in a pond. It’s just too easy.”

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Facebook RSVPs are obviously not the most accurate way to measure ride attendance. But the attendance counts for some of the festival’s biggest rides make it clear that, if nothing else, Facebook has become a much more popular tool:

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Last year’s WNBR Facebook event page has been deleted, presumably because people began using it to prepare for this year’s before organizers were ready.

Jones also owns the shop Ride Yr Bike and has been a passionate promoter of recent street safety events associated with BikeLoudPDX. He said Portland’s bike fun community, which in the 2000s built the Shift website and listserv into one of the country’s most effective bike-promotion tools, has felt “a lot of reluctance to embrace” an outside tool like Facebook, but no longer.

“I think most people are either over the stigma or they’re never gonna get over it,” he said. “I think it’s been good all around. I think it’s going to be great for the big day of activism on Wednesday [today!].”

What about smaller, weirder rides in the festival — the ones that another veteran, Steph Routh, once described to the Oregonian as “critically acclaimed”? Everyone we talked to agreed that those brand of rides haven’t generally seen either growth or shrinkage this year.

“All the rides I’ve done this year are basically topping out at 20,” said Granton. Often, he said, that’s the way he prefers them. The best way to put a hard cap on the number of participants, he said, is to be vague about the ride’s start location and require participants to send the leader an RSVP — by email.


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Pedalpalooza to the fullest: Seven weekday rides to check out while you can

Pedalpalooza to the fullest: Seven weekday rides to check out while you can

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It’s that time of the summer: the solstice has slipped past, the afternoons are getting seriously hot, and that “do I really want to go to a bike ride tonight” feeling is giving way to the realization that Pedalpalooza comes but once a year.

As Portland’s inimitable bike festival heads into its third and final week, we thought we’d help you suck the marrow out of June 2015 by highlighting a few of the most interesting weekday rides. Check back later this week for our usual Weekend Event Guide to bring you into Pedalpalooza’s big finish, including what’s looking like an 80-degree World Naked Bike Ride…

Jesus on a Bike Ride music video shoot – Monday, 5:45-8:45pm, 4629 SE 64th Ave
“A ride of biblical proportions. Put on your holiest attire and ride with Jesus on a Bike. We’re shooting a music video for youtube … It’s a punk rock interpretation highlighting Jesus as a radical who wanted to bring down the corrupt systems he saw around him. More storytelling, less dogma! Appropriate for all ages.”

Movie Goers Ride – Monday, 6 pm, USS Oregon Memorial, SW Oak and Naito Parkway
“This ride will visit several sites in Portland where movies were filmed. At each stop we will set the scene for the movie filmed there and take turns speaking lines from the movie. We will provide the dialog with the characters names and what they said at that site. The ride will end at a pub.”

Broken Bicycles Tom Waits Ride – Tuesday, 6 pm, Billy Ray’s Dive Bar, 2216 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
A boozy Tom Waits​ themed ride for Pedalpalooza​ through Portland’s dives… We’ll start at Billy Rays Dive and go from there, blasting Waits music the whole time. Hitting up the Sandy Hut at 6ish…. then Ship Ahoy Tavern 7:15ish… then heading to the Plaid on SE 12th for a BYOB run for a quick dance party under the Hawthorne Bridge… We’ll be ending around 9:30pm at the Hungry Tiger​ for a screening of Down By Law, starting around 10pm…or whenever we all show up.

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Portland’s Transportation History Scavenger Hunt – Tuesday, 5:30-7 pm, Salmon Street Springs, SW Naito and SW Salmon
Join the Young Professionals in Transportation Portland Chapter for a scavenger hunt to find some of the great places in Portland’s bike, transit, pedestrian, and motoring history! Teams of up to four people will receive a list of clues at the start point. Decipher the clues and bike to each location!

Hidden Portland Interactive Art Ride – Wednesday, 5:30 pm, Wishing Tree, NE 7th & Morris
We’ll make our wishes and then head on to interact with art made by neighbors around NE and SE Portland, adding a little of our own along the way. Get creative, bring an idea or props for your own impromptu installation or performance piece. We’ll be bringing rubber duckies to hitch to curbside horse rings and magnetic poetry to place at biking hot spots. Think outside the box and join in on the fun that makes Portland awesome!We’ll be making a stop at a food cart pod to fuel our creative processes, so bring some funds or pack a snack to munch on.

Time Travelers Ride – Thursday, 6 pm, at the OMSI submarine, 1945 SE Water Ave
Gather ye Timelords, Solar Slingshotters, Time Bandits, Loopers, and Quantom Leppers for a time-locked event. In every reality and every time line, this bicycle ride occurs, so you are safe joinging us for this tour of portlands time portals. Meet at 5:30pm (galactic standard time) at the propeller behind OMSI. We will be ending within 2 miles of the start at a time traveling bar that changes names depending on your perspective.

Turnout on rides this year has been amazing. Let’s keep the momentum going! For more ride ideas and details, check out the full Pedalpalooza calendar at Shift2Bikes.org.


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Portlanders plan safe streets rally at City Hall on Wednesday (6/24)

Portlanders plan safe streets rally at City Hall on Wednesday (6/24)

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A scene from the “Build It” rally at City Hall back in February 2010.
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Saying Portland already knows how to increase safety on its streets and can get to work immediately without further study, the advocacy group BikeLoudPDX is organizing what looks like Portland City Hall’s first rally in five years on behalf of bicycling improvements.

“It doesn’t take money, it just takes political will. And the rally is to give them the political will to do it now.”
— Ted Buehler, BikeLoudPDX

So far, more than 100 people say they’re planning to attend the Wednesday morning event.

“There’s a real danger that Vision Zero can just be prolonged indefinitely if they keep on studying it,” BikeLoud organizer Ted Buehler said Friday. “But really, they have the tools in their toolbox to do it now. And it doesn’t take money, it just takes political will. And the rally is to give them the political will to do it now.”

Buehler said he thinks the city supports safer streets and other transportation improvements, but isn’t aware of how many Portlanders share those goals.

“There is a constituency out there that is supporting them in taking more substantive measures to improve safety,” Buehler said. “We are inviting the constituency and anybody that supports the cause to come between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. and show your support.”

“We want to make sure the rally is open to people who are on bicycles and people who are not on bicycles,” said Jessica Engelman, a rally organizer with BikeLoud. “It’s Pedalpalooza; we’re trying to make it a little more fun, so people can bring their kids, maybe bring costumes.”

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Buehler called the event “basic political theory.”

“They know they need to push City Hall, and they’re being heard at City Hall.”
— PBOT Manager Art Pearce in the Portland Tribune

“Whenever a constituency goes out and shows support for their cause, it’s always easier to get resources directed toward the cause,” he said. “Whenever people in Ladd’s Addition complain about stop-sign running at Ladd’s Circle, the police go out and do a sting. We want to show that there are other people in town that care about safety elsewhere, and we want better enforcement of those traffic safety codes as well.”

Buehler said BikeLoud is preparing a list of specific actions that the city could immediately pursue, such as installing interim traffic diverters on several neighborhood greenways and maintaining a plan to spend 52 percent of new revenue on safety-related measures.

“We’ve sent 400 postcards in from caring constituents asking for diverters on Clinton, and we’ve had the Buckman neighborhood association ask for a diverter on Ankeny, and the city is still not delivering on those,” Buehler said. “And in the meantime, they are taking away a diverter on Rodney. That’s fine if they want to spend money on studying things, but they already have the Portland Bicycle Master Plan on the books. And we’re asking them to implement these things much more aggressively. And that will support the cause of Vision Zero.”

Will Vanlue, a Portland resident who started a petition to downgrade Portland’s status as a Platinum Bicycle Friendly city said safety projects need to be a higher priority among city leaders.

“I don’t know why they’re talking a big game about Vision Zero and then repaving these unsafe streets without talking about changes,” he said. “We’re just restriping unsafe designs when we could be changing the street probably for low or no cost.”

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A BikeLoud banner promoting next week’s event.
(Photo courtesy Ted Buehler)

Activism from BikeLoudPDX and others has been on a roll in Portland of late. For an article published today in the Portland Tribune, city transportation planning manager Art Pearce said “The advocacy we’re hearing from BikePortland, BikeLoudPDX and the BTA is very helpful to remind us we have to keep reaching to succeed. They know they need to push City Hall, and they’re being heard at City Hall.”

The rally is planned for 8 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, at which point participants will head into City Hall in support of testimony from four BikeLoudPDX and Bike PSU biking advocates for rapid safety improvements in Portland.

The council’s discussion of bike-related issues is expected to wrap up by 10 a.m., at which point some rally participants are planning to join a day of further events to promote other city plans that have yet to be executed. Then at 4:30 p.m., there’s a Downgrade Portland ride linked to the morning rally.

BikeLoud is also organizing a sign-making party on Saturday afternoon, tomorrow, from 2-5 p.m. in Colonel Summers Park.


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What Pedalpalooza ride are you looking forward to? Kickoff riders sound off (photos)

What Pedalpalooza ride are you looking forward to? Kickoff riders sound off (photos)

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Last night’s Kickoff Ride was one of the largest ever.
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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.

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Franco Ortega (left): “The Bike Play.” Lianne Cray (right): “Probably the Ginger Ride. Because…”
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Maria Schur: “The New and Improved Unimproved Northeast Alley Ride. They did it last year and it was a little chaotic. But they improved it.”
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Nicholas Van Pless: “Sunset Mystery Ride. I can’t go to all the late-night party rides — I’ve got a jobby job.”
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Xander Almeida: “My sister-in-law is having the sixth annual Morrissey bike ride. I hate Morrissey as a person but I think he’s a great artist. So I’m ambivalent. Which maybe is appropriate for that ride.”
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Chas Gilbertson, Ken Eucker and Minh Tran: “Grilled By Bike.”
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Nate: “I’m doing the Pioneer Century this weekend. I’m pretty excited, and also a little scared. I’ve been drinking a lot and suddenly it’s bike-riding season.”
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Timo Forsberg (left): “The Learn How to Lead a Ride Ride.” Esther Harlow (right): “Heavy Metal Marriage. That sounds pretty romantic.”
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Anne Gire (right, with Daniel Broschert): “The long-exposure photos ride at night and everybody gets their LEDs.”
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Armando Luna: “Grilled By Bike. I didn’t go on it last year and I missed out big time.”
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Melissa Stone, center: “Prom ride.”
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Chris Chen (left): “I got up at 4 this morning for the coffee ride. I’m still paying for it.”
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Lillian Karabaic: “Heavy Hill Climb. Your bike has to weigh a minimum of 40 pounds and you climb up to Pittock Mansion. And if your bike isn’t 40 pounds then you have to weigh it down with alcohol.”
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Carl Larson: “The Bike Play is always the best.”
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Fred King: “Star Wars vs. Star Trek.”
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Erin Goldwater (left): “Puppypalooza. I love seeing dogs and other pets in bikes and trailers and backpacks.” Elodie Garcia (center): “The goats one.” Ben Duncan: “Bridge Pedal. I want to see Tilikum open. It’ll be in August.”
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Jolly Dodger (left): “The Rocky Butte Sunset. I’m going to look and see if it’s scheduled, and if it’s not I’m going to do it.” Joe Hill (right): “This one. It’s the beginning of it all.”
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Annie Stahl: “I don’t know. I’ve never done this. I’m playing it by ear.”
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Alyse McNeill (left): “Naked Bike Ride.” Kyle McCallum (right): “Rooftop. It’s the most mischievous ride.”

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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:

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And continued through the Better Naito multi-use path pilot project (yes, this is a tiny house with no brakes being towed by bikes):

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Over the Burnside Bridge:

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And up into Portland’s east side:

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Then through the cemetery:

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And back into the streets:

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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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10 photos to get you excited for tonight’s Pedalpalooza Kickoff Ride

10 photos to get you excited for tonight’s Pedalpalooza Kickoff Ride

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Pedalpalooza is here! Today marks the start of Portland’s beloved annual bike festival with hundreds of events lined up over the next three weeks.

Tonight at 6:00 is the official Kickoff Ride, so I figured I’d go through my photo archive and pull out some of my favorites from the past 10 years. I love the Kickoff Ride because everyone is in such a hopeful, optimistic, and and excited mood. There’s a contagious buzz about all the fun stuff the month will bring and the ride has a way of restoring my faith in humanity, in bicycles, and our city all at the same time. 

I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I do…

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This year’s ride starts starts at Salmon Street Fountain. Get out there and help make this the biggest and funnest Pedalpalooza ever!

Check the full Pedalpalooza ride calendar here.


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10 photos to get you excited for tonight’s Pedalpalooza Kickoff Ride

10 photos to get you excited for tonight’s Pedalpalooza Kickoff Ride

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Yeah! Gimme five!
(Photos J Maus/BikePortland)

Pedalpalooza is here! Today marks the start of Portland’s beloved annual bike festival with hundreds of events lined up over the next three weeks.

Tonight at 6:00 is the official Kickoff Ride, so I figured I’d go through my photo archive and pull out some of my favorites from the past 10 years. I love the Kickoff Ride because everyone is in such a hopeful, optimistic, and and excited mood. There’s a contagious buzz about all the fun stuff the month will bring and the ride has a way of restoring my faith in humanity, in bicycles, and our city all at the same time. 

I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I do…

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This year’s ride starts starts at Salmon Street Fountain. Get out there and help make this the biggest and funnest Pedalpalooza ever!

Check the full Pedalpalooza ride calendar here.


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Portland’s 2015 World Naked Bike Ride starts June 27 in Colonel Summers Park

Portland’s 2015 World Naked Bike Ride starts June 27 in Colonel Summers Park

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Portland’s annual Pedalpalooza festival starts on Thursday and will wrap up June 27 with Oregon’s biggest pay-what-you-will bike ride of the year, which also happens to be the largest clothing-optional bike ride in the world.

The 2015 edition of Portland’s World Naked Bike Ride will begin gathering in Colonel Summers Park, at Southeast 17th Avenue and Taylor Street, at 8 p.m. The roll-out will start at 9 p.m. and the ride is so big it usually takes an hour or more before all of the participants are moving.

Carl Larson, one of the ride’s organizers, said in an email that this year’s route (which is secret as usual, to minimize disruptions) is “not a loop but the endpoint is only a mile away.”

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Last year’s ride drew an estimated 9,000 mostly unclothed participants, which probably made it the biggest in the ride’s history.

You can learn more on the Facebook event for this year’s ride and the WNBR’s official web site.

The WNBR is, of course, the biggest single ride in Pedalpalooza, Portland’s annual festival of bike fun. The festival consists entirely of rides and other events submitted by ordinary bike users, and though the printed version of the calendar will be included in this week’s Portland Mercury, anyone can still add to the online version for free. So don’t hold back — create your own fun this summer and watch your city join in.

Interested in helping make the WNBR the body-positive, all-welcoming, safe-and-fun event it needs to remain? The unpaid organizers are always looking for volunteers. You can sign up here.


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Your one-week warning to create Pedalpalooza rides is … right now

Your one-week warning to create Pedalpalooza rides is … right now

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It’s coming!

Portland’s annual bike fun festival Pedalpalooza begins three weeks from today, and that means this: The deadline for getting a Pedalpalooza ride into the Portland Mercury’s printed ride calendar is one week from today.

Anyone can create a ride, and 87 have been created so far for the 24-day festival. To get into the Merc (as well as the definitive online calendar on shift2bikes.org) you can use the simple event form linked from the top of the calendar.

Here are a few highlights from the schedule so far:

GOAT-A-PALOOZA – Saturday, June 6, 1-5 p.m.
Bike tour of goats in the city! Are you goat-curious? We’ll visit a few different goat “ranches/farms” and see what it’s like to own goats in Portland. Meet at Unthank Park in N Portland, ride will end in SE, near Foster and 205.

MONSTERIDE – Friday, June 12, 8-9:30 p.m.
Horn, fangs, fur and claws are welcome. Ceramic handlebar monsters are awarded to the top 5 monstery bikers. The ride will be a fairly short route in lower SE and will begin while it’s still daylight, but end when it is getting dark. (make lighting a part of your monsterism)

PREGOPALOOZA – Saturday, June 13, 2-3:30 p.m.
Pregnant ladies still ride bikes. Let’s take our bellies out for some fun and then drink milkshakes. We’ll do an easy hour or two ride around town before hitting the ice cream shop. Ride is free but bring money for treats.

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FIRST ANNUAL BIKE SCUM PARTY DECATHALON! – Saturday, June 13, 2 p.m.
More info TBA, but pretty much this will be a 10 stage event, starting with a swim to your bike, then a few more challenges, all taking place within SE. No more than 7 miles of riding, prizes for winners will be awesome. Costumes are pretty much mandatory. Prizes for that too. Bring Beer.

HEAVY BIKE HILL CLIMB CHALLENGE – Thursday, June 18, 7 p.m.
Ride your HEAVY ASS bike up a STEEP ASS hill. The Heavy Bike Hill Climb Challenge, Pedalpalooza’s most challenging ride, is back for its 4th year. Join us on your 40+ pound bike for a ride up to the Pittock Mansion. Your bike isn’t that heavy? Adding weight is fine, it’s just got to be on the bike (beverage weight encouraged). No prizes but pain and pride, this is not a race. Ride gathers at 7pm, departs at 7:30pm. When we reach the top we’ll enjoy snacks/drinks while watching the sun set over Portland. Helmet, lights, lock, good brakes, and common sense strongly recommended.

PHILADELPHIA FREEDOM RIDE – Tuesday, June 23, 6 p.m.
RSVP REQUIRED. Philly fans unite! We’ll listen to Boyz II Men, Hall & Oates and whatever other Philly delights and bike to various Philly-inspired establishments for food and drinks. There will be three stops: Italian Market food cart at Belmont Station (great pork sandwiches), J. Gelati Italian Ice & Frozen Custard (“wooder ice”) and Steakadelphia (cheesesteaks). Things to know: 1) Bring cash – easiest way to pay and keep the ride going 2) It’s a 20 mile casual ride 3) Please RSVP no later than Fri, June 19th – these businesses need a heads up to plan accordingly.

Don’t just stand there — get your own ride listed and start hustling! You won’t be sorry.


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