Oh how we love June! The rain starts its slow recession and lush summertime relaxation is on the horizon. Bike events abound and there’s no shortage of fun to be had on two wheels.
June also means its time for Pedalpalooza, Portland’s annual celebration of bike creativity. Clever bikers host a series of mostly free (and often wacky) events for three jam-packed weeks of velo revelry June 5-28.
With 350+ events and some days as many as 25 in one day, Pedalpalooza can be a little overwhelming. That’s why we’ve put together this handy guide to making the most of the fun times on two wheels.
- Sleep is for winter, Pedalpalooza is for June – make the most of it.
- The calendar is full. Plan now, log the events in your calendar, and share your calendar with friends and build your posse of other people exciting to hit the road with you. But at the same time…
- Go solo! Pedalpalooza is an incredible way to meet interesting people, and most events are rather social. Don’t let the lack of a buddy hold you back from attending the events you want to attend.
- Bring cash. If there is any food or drink involved, cards are a hassle and cash speeds things up.
- If you’re at a food/drink place, tip your servers well. Pedalpalooza rides arrive and dominate, which can be a hassle for the staff. Let them know bikers are kind people by tipping well and setting the tone – you’ll leave a great impression.
- Bring your lights, lock and helmet. Be safe. Be prepared to have so much fun you might come home late.
- Get to know the ride organizer. Sometimes they’re new to this whole organizing business, so just ask your questions and get the lay of the land, in case they’re not offering the info you need to feel comfortable. “Thanks for leading! I’m Greg, really excited for what you have planned. So, how’s this all going to go down today?” Remember, ride leaders are volunteers doing this as a fun hobby, so they can’t be expected to be as professional as rides like Petal Pedal.
- Take pics, tell friends, go to more events, rally people to join you, don’t miss out on the fun.
- You won’t regret feeling a little groggy at work the next day. Stay out late. Sleep in July.
NEW TO IT ALL? NO PROB!
If you’re new to biking, Pedalpalooza offers ample opportunities to meet other bikers and learn new skills as educational events abound (like Heritage Tree Ride in Lake Oswego). If you’re new to biking with kids, the family-friendly activities are an excellent way to gain knowledge from experienced biking families.
Every city should be so lucky to have a festival like Pedalpalooza, when bikers come out in droves to revel in summertime cycling silliness. The only downside? Some days are so full there are as many as 25 events to choose from. We’ll be highlighting some of our favorites here so keep checking back in.
Rally your bike party posse and start planning now; you definitely don’t want to miss out on this bike fun – the perfect way to kick off summer.
FIND YOUR EVENTS
Cruise through the extensive Pedalpalooza calendar >>