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

A Great Finish to a Great Ride
After you ride or walk across the Providence Bridge Pedal finish line, stop by Oregon’s premier summer food and music festival, The Bite of Oregon. Admission is free for from 10 a.m to 8 p.m. for Providence Bridge Pedal participants on Sunday, Aug. 9.

Then return for a second visit to Portland’s stunning new bridge, Tilikum Crossing. The People’s Preview of Tilikum Crossing will serve as an “open house” for the bridge, opening from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. for walking and biking.

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.