Join the celebration at the 19th annual Providence Bridge Pedal. Each year on the second Sunday in August Portland’s streets and bridges, from Sellwood to St. Johns, welcome bicyclists from across the Pacific Northwest. It is once-a-year opportunity to enjoy the views from the traffic-free upper decks of the Fremont and Marquam bridges.
The Fremont Express
Riders get early access to the Fremont Bridge to enjoy a light breakfast and sunrise before beginning the ride. The 36-mile route includes crossing the Fremont and Marquam bridges twice and a breathtaking ride through downtown Portland on I-405. Note: There are no age or team discounts for Fremont Express registration. View the routes.
From the Sellwood to the St. Johns, this 33-mile ride crosses all 10 of Portland’s Willamette River bridges. View the routes.
Because of the sequencing of events and shorter route, this is the least-crowded Providence Bridge Pedal ride. The 24-mile route is similar to the 10-Bridge ride but does not cross the Sellwood and Morrison bridges. View the routes.
As Providence Bridge Pedal’s most popular ride, this 13-mile ride crosses six of the downtown bridges. It is well suited for younger riders and families. View the routes.
Designed for the youngest cyclists, the 3-mile Kids Pedal route crosses the Hawthorne and Steel bridges. Adults are allowed only if they are chaperoned by a child 8 years old or younger. There is no charge to participate in Kids Pedal, but all participants must register. View the routes.
For those who prefer walking to biking, Bridge Stride is a 5-mile walk over the Steel Bridge and top deck of the Fremont Bridge. View the routes.
To encourage as many families and children as possible to bike the bridges, every Providence Bridge Pedal event except the Fremont Express is free for children 12 years old and younger. Even though most events are free for children, they must register to participate.
Children riding in bike trailers do not need to register, but they must wear bicycle helmets.
The permits required to hold Providence Bridge Pedal each year have very specific time limits. To help assure all participants can safely complete their ride and enjoy this special opportunity without being too crowded, there are registration limits. When a specific event reaches capacity, no additional registrations will be permitted.
The limits are as follows:
|The Fremont Express||1,500 riders|
|10-Bridge Ride||5,000 riders|
|8-Bridge Ride||4,000 riders|
|6-Bridge Ride||6,000 riders|
|Kids Pedal||1,000 riders|
|Bridge Stride||1,000 walkers|
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. On Sunday, Aug. 10, after the ride and until 2 p.m., Providence Bridge Pedal participants will receive free admission to the Bite. There will be plenty of valet and self-service bike parking available nearby.