Providence Bridge Pedal
Portland is a city of bridges – and one of the best ways to capture the essence of this unique city is to ride its bridges. On one day each year, those bridges are turned over to cyclists. The annual Providence Bridge Pedal allows you to wind your way across six, eight, even 10 bridges – in lanes temporarily dedicated only to bikes.
It’s a surreal feeling to ride over the towering Marquam and Fremont bridges – 364 mornings a year, these are interstate freeways – on two wheels. You’re free to stop and take in the view of the serpentine of bright colors as 15,000-plus riders wind their way through the core of Portland. It’s not to be missed.
Participants in the 16th annual Providence Bridge Pedal on Aug. 14, 2011, will encounter some new features of the signature Sunday sojourn. The most notable change is the new finish line adjacent to Lincoln High School, followed by a Providence Health and Wellness Expo at Jeld-Wen Field, home of the Portland Timbers.
Thanks to a partnership between the Portland Timbers and Providence, Bridge Pedal participants will have the opportunity to get a firsthand look at the renovated field, enjoy the usual finish-line festivities and visit more than 50 vendors with information on health, recreation opportunities and activities.
You’ll actually be able to get out on the field, kick some soccer balls and check out the new stadium, said Rick Bauman, event director for the Providence Bridge Pedal. It should be a lot of fun.
This year’s Bridge Pedal also has a route change, because of both construction and the new finish line. The Morrison Bridge is currently closed for repairs and will not be a part of the event. However, participants can still cross over nine different bridges for a total of 10 bridge crossings. All participants will finish by crossing over the Fremont Bridge and looping over to Lincoln High School, just a short walk from Jeld-Wen Field.
The cycling event this year features four different routes:
- the 10-bridge ride, covering 36 miles;
- the eight-bridge ride, covering 26 miles;
- the six-bridge ride, covering 13 miles; or
- the Bridge Stride for walkers, crossing two bridges and covering 5 miles.
Each ride has a different registration fee, start time and starting location.
For more information about the event, to register or to volunteer, visit http://blog.bridgepedal.com/ or call 503-281-9198.
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