Portland is always a great place to ride a bike. Every year on the second Sunday of August, Portland becomes the best place to bike.
This year’s Providence Bridge Pedal is held Sunday, Aug. 11. On this one morning of the year, Portland’s Willamette River bridges welcome thousands of cyclists and walkers – from the Sellwood to the St. Johns, including the top decks of the Fremont and Marquam bridges.
With ride options that range from 3 to 36 miles, as well as a 5-mile walk, there’s something for everyone. Join in the celebration of Portland, the Willamette River bridges and cycling.
Health and wellness expo
At Providence Bridge Pedal, be sure to stay in the loop to make the most of your ride – and your health. Give your body a boost with good eats, entertainment and a host of healthy vendors to keep your wheels turning long after Bridge Pedal. While you’re at JELD-WEN Field, be sure to check out Providence Sports Care Center, an innovative 12,000-square-foot sports rehabilitation clinic. Open to the public, the clinic is home to the Portland Timbers and Thorns soccer teams.
Fremont Express start
Get up early and go fast! For a special group of cyclists, the Fremont Bridge will open at 6 a.m. You can enjoy coffee, juice, breakfast rolls and sunrise from the top of the Fremont Bridge. At 6:45 a.m., cyclists start biking down I-405 to the Marquam Bridge, traversing 36 miles and 11 bridges – ahead of the pack. This option is limited to 1,500 riders.
Providence Bridge Pedal provides this special event for even the youngest cyclists. Kids Pedal is a 3-mile ride across the Hawthorne and Steel bridges. It’s designed for children 10 years old and younger. Older riders may participate, but they must accompany a child. The ride is free, but registration is required. Because of restricted capacity on the Eastbank Esplanade, the Kids Pedal is limited to 1,000 riders.
Fun, food … and the finish
The fun and excitement doesn’t end at the finish line. The Bite of Oregon, the premier food and music festival in Waterfront Park, takes place during Providence Bridge Pedal weekend. After the ride on Sunday, Aug. 11, Providence Bridge Pedal participants will receive free admission to the Bite. There will be plenty of valet and self-service bike parking available nearby.
To help ensure all Providence Bridge Pedal cyclists have a safe, enjoyable ride, there will be limits this year on the number of participants for each event. This will help minimize congestion on the ride, allowing everybody to complete the ride within the event’s time limits (as required by the event’s permits). This is the first time Providence Bridge Pedal has limited the number of riders; however, there are generous limits for each of the rides. Registrations are on a first-come, first-serve basis.