Portland is often rated as one of the most bike-friendly cities in the country, so it's no surprise there's Pedalpalooza, a three-week festival (running through June 27) dedicated to all things cycling. From serious to silly, here's how to ride along with the festival's most fun events.
Robin Williams Memorial Costume Ride
June 12, Irving Park, NE 7th Avenue and Fargo Street, leaves 7:30pm
Celebrate the life and work of Robin Williams in a ride where costumes are strongly encouraged—picture a brigade of cycling Mrs. Doubtfires. The 12-mile route will end with a screening of a Williams film.
June 14, SW 13th Avenue & W Burnside, practice starts at 10am, races at 8:30pm
The Portland Zoo sits at the top of a massive hill. For this event, riders on their own bikes (or borrowing a mini-bike) bomb down the hill, hospital visits be damned.
June 19, Normandale Park, NE 55th Avenue and NE Wasco Street, leaves 6:30pm
For this ride, put your dog in a bike basket or trailer (you'll spot a few pet cats and birds along the way, too).
Prince vs. Bowie
June 26, leaves 8pm. Prince fans: Sewallcrest Park, SE 31st Avenue and Stephens Street; Bowie fans: Col. Summers Park, SE 20th and Belmont
For this annual event, now in its eighth year, riders dress as their favorite rocker, blast his music along the route, and then come together for a shared “dance party on wheels.”
World Naked Bike Ride
June 27, TBD
Meeting time and place are announced the day of the event on shift2bikes.org. As the sun sets, a naked bike ride through the city among 8,000 new friends, is the best way to send off Pedalpalooza for the year.