Twenty Years of Biking the Bridges

During the past 19 years one quarter million people have participated in Providence Bridge Pedal, biking a combined 6 million miles over Portland’s streets and Willamette River bridges.

Each week from now until August we will revisit one of the 19 previous years, starting with the inaugural ride in 1996. We will also bring you special offers from other biking events, community programs and Providence Bridge Pedal sponsors.

Join us this August as we welcome an 11th bridge to Providence Bridge Pedal: Tilikum Crossing, Bridge of the People. This will be the first opportunity for the public to bike or walk across Portland’s stunning new bridge.

Will Call Events

There are two opportunities pick up your ride or walk materials. The first is the Providence Health and Wellness Expo on Saturday, Aug. 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is being held at east end of Tilikum Crossing, adjacent to OMSI. The second is near the start line for your event on Sunday morning, Aug. 9. For all events other than the Fremont Express, Will Call will be located at SW Naito Parkway and Pine Street. They will open at 6 a.m. Fremont Express Will Call will be located in the Red Cross parking lot, N. Vancouver and Cook, next to the Kerby Street on ramp to the Fremont Bridge. It will be open from 5:30 to 6:45 a.m.

Construction Concerns

Sellwood Bridge If your route includes the Sellwood Bridge, you need to use extra caution entering and exiting the bridge, as construction of the new Sellwood Bridge continues.

Burnside Bridge Construction of two new buildings at the east bridgehead makes reaching the Burnside Bridge challenging. You may choose to walk over the ramps leading to the bridge.

Broadway Bridge The Broadway Bridge is being painted and scaffolding restricts our biking lane. You will be able to bike across the bridge either in the protected traffic lane or on the sidewalk.

Preparing for Tilikum Crossing

Tilikum Crossing has three lanes. The center lane is for Max trains, streetcars and buses. Because of the tracks, this lane will not be used during Providence Bridge Pedal. The two outside pedestrian/biking lanes are each 14 feet wide. Providence Bridge Pedal cyclists will bike across the bridge heading to the west side in the north lane. They will then do a U-turn and return to the east side in the south lane. To avoid congestion, cyclists will not be allowed to stop on Tilikum Crossing during Providence Bridge Pedal. However, TriMet is reopening the bridge Sunday, Aug. 9, from 1:30-4:30 p.m. You can return to Tilikum Crossing then to take your selfies.

Twenty years of Bridge Pedal archive

Tilikum Crossing –

Bridge of the People

Portland’s stunning new bridge will officially open on Sept. 12, 2015. Providence Bridge Pedal will be the inaugural public event on the bridge, giving you an advance opportunity to bike or walk across Tilikum Crossing before its official opening. All Bridge Pedal riders (except Kids Pedal) will cross the bridge twice. This is in addition to the continuing Providence Bridge Pedal tradition of biking over the car-free upper decks of the Marquam and Fremont bridges.

Providence Bridge Stride walkers will cross the Marquam Bridge and Tilikum Crossing.

Tilikum Crossing Schedule of Events
Saturday, Aug. 8 - Providence Bridge Pedal Health and Wellness Expo 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. East end of Tilikum Crossing, adjacent to OMSI. Pick up everything you need for the ride on Sunday, visit over five dozen booths and exhibits, and take your photo from the Tilikum Crossing Selfie Stage.

Sunday, Aug. 9 - Providence Bridge Pedal and Stride This is your very first opportunity to bike or hike across the new bridge. Providence Bridge Pedal routes include all 11 of Portland’s Willamette River Bridges, including the top decks of the Fremont and Marquam bridges. The 6-mile Providence Bridge Stride will cross the Marquam Bridge and Tilikum Crossing.

The People’s Preview of Tilikum Crossing Following Providence Bridge Pedal, Tilikum Crossing will be open to the general public from 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. Visit the Providence Health and Wellness Expo at the east end of the bridge.

Saturday, Aug. 22 - Fireworks Marvel at a spectacular fireworks display from the new bridge at 9 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 12 - Opening Day The MAX Orange Line begins service to Milwaukie. Tilikum Crossing opens for trains, streetcars, buses, pedestrians and bicyclists.

The Bite of Oregon

After crossing the Providence Bridge Pedal finish line, the fun continues. All participants receive free admission to The Bite of Oregon, the premier food and music festival held in Waterfront Park.