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.

Providence Bridge Pedal Update

With just two weeks until Providence Bridge Pedal, there is still room in all events.

Consider the 9-Bridge Ride This is by far our least crowded event. Currently only about half as many people have registered for the 9-Bridge ride compared to either the 7-Bridge or 11-Bridge rides. Cyclists doing the 9-Bridge ride are the first to reach Tilikum Crossing. After crossing the Fremont Bridge the 9-Bridge riders will have the option of continuing on to the St. Johns Bridge or following the 7-Bridge route to the finish line.

Still Room in Kids Pedal About 300 spots are still available in Kids Pedal, our free 3-mile ride for young riders and their accompanying adults. Kids Pedallers finish right along with all the Providence Bridge Pedal cyclists and, like all the other participants, receive free admission to the Bite of Oregon. Registration is required.

Planning 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 in the north lane. They will then do a U-turn and return to the east side by using 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.

A Record Providence Bridge Stride A record number of people have already registered for Providence Bridge Stride. The 6-mile route crosses the Marquam Bridge and Tilikum Crossing.

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.