FAQs


You have several choices:

  • Online: You can do this up until 11:59 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 9. You will need a credit card or debit card to register online.
  • By mail: Print and complete the mail-in registration. It must be postmarked by Aug. 2.
  • In person: There are several locations and options for registering in person: (1) At Providence Health and Wellness Expo on Saturday, Aug. 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at NW 14th Ave. and Johnson (next to REI). (2) At REI stores on Friday, Aug, 8 between 5 and 8 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 9, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
  • Day of event: Register Sunday morning, Aug. 10, beginning one hour before the start of your ride, at SW Naito Parkway and Pine Street, near the Burnside Bridge.
  • Fremont Express will be open from 5:30 - 6:30 a.m. in the Red Cross parking lot at N Vancouver and Cook.
  • Registration for Providence Bridge Stride will be at SW Naito Parkway and Pine Street.

Crowding always has been a problem at Providence Bridge Pedal. We are experimenting this year with generous limits on the number of participants in each event to help ensure that everybody has a fun, safe ride. In addition, all rides need to be complete by certain times before our permits expire.

Fremont Express 1,500 participants; 10-Bridge Ride 5,000 participants; 8-Bridge Ride 4,000 participants; 6-Bridge Ride 6,000 participants; Kids Pedal 1,000 participants; Bridge Stride 1,500 participants

Unfortunately, in the past couple of years a number of people have tried to participate in Providence Bridge Pedal without registering. As a result, we are instituting new procedures at the start line and at key points along the course to ensure that all participants are registered. You will be asked to show your rider ID at key points … and you’ll enjoy a great cycling experience.

Yes. When registering online, you’ll need a credit card or debit card; we accept Visa and MasterCard. You also can use these cards at any of the Providence Bridge Pedal registration sites.

No, registration fees are nonrefundable. However, registrations are transferable. If you’re unable to attend, you can give your registration to somebody else.

Yes, both riders on a tandem bicycle must register. Also, if you’re riding with a child on a tag-along bike, both riders need to register. If you have a child in a bike trailer or baby seat, the child does not need to register.

No. Only children who are walking in Providence Bridge Stride or pedaling in Providence Bridge Pedal need to register.

All the opportunities to pick up your ride materials are listed on your registration receipt. You can get them at any one of these locations or at the “Will Call” booths near the start line on the morning of the event.

Yes, as long as you have their registration receipts.

A list of all registered participants will be on hand at all the registration sites. Check-in does take longer if you don’t have your receipt, so make sure to give yourself extra time.

We never sell or trade registrants’ names or mailing addresses. We have a very restrictive policy on the use of our mailing list. It’s available only to Providence Health & Services and the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, and only on a limited basis.

Yes. Volunteers are needed on Saturday, Aug. 9, and early morning Sunday, Aug.10, to help get everything ready for the ride. To learn more or to volunteer, please see the Volunteers information tab or call the Providence Bridge Pedal Hotline at 503-281-9198.

Absolutely! Providence Bridge Pedal is designed to provide you with the opportunity to see Portland from a different perspective. Stop and take photos and enjoy the views!

MAX will run as usual on Sunday morning before the event. No extra trains will be operating. You’re permitted to bring your bicycle on board. The MAX schedule is available on the
 TriMet website.

Bicycle rules on TriMet

Your finish time depends on when you start, which ride you choose, how much time you spend looking at the scenery along the way and, of course, your pedaling pace. The first riders usually cross the finish line at about 8:30 a.m., or in about two hours. All riders are usually finished by noon.

Yes, our permits require certain bridges to be reopened to motorized traffic at certain times. Because of this, no bicyclists can enter the Fremont Bridge – the last bridge of the ride – after 11:30 a.m.

All metered parking spaces are free on Sundays until 1 p.m. in Portland, and you should be able to park conveniently on the street. The Portland State University area generally has on-street parking available. Also, the Burnside, Morrison and Hawthorne bridges allow easy access from the east side to the starting area.

No. For the safety of our participants, dogs are not permitted at the event.

Yes, you can bring little ones in strollers on Providence Bridge Stride only.

Sorry, these are not permitted in Providence Bridge Pedal and Stride.

Bicyclists will not be permitted to ride without a helmet. Providence Bridge Pedal helmets and other low-cost helmets will be available for purchase near the start line.

Rest stops will be available along the route, along with with complimentary water and fruit, and an adequate number of portable toilets. Also, water and toilets will be available in the start/finish area.

American Medical Response will have personnel stationed along the route to respond to emergencies. If you witness a serious accident or injury and are carrying a cell phone, please call 911.

Look for the “Oregonian/OregonLive.com Meeting Point” near the finish line. Someone there will contact course monitors to help locate lost children, parents or friends.

It’s a good idea to communicate with your fellow riders and walkers beforehand about a designated meeting place in case you get separated.