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Fremont Bridge during Bridge Pedal 2006

Fremont Bridge, by Paul Bausch.

Congratulations to everyone who participated in Providence Bridge Pedal (route map) in Portland today. The Bridge Pedal covers 6, 8, or 10 of the city’s bridges over the Willamette River, with ride distances up to 38 miles.

The City of Portland and Oregon DOT close some of the route to cars for the duration of the ride, and I saw that at least one of the bridges (Hawthorne Bridge) had fresh plywood placed over the metal bridge lanes just for the ride.

Organizers made a number of changes this year to address complaints after last year’s ride, including encouraging fast riders to take off at 6:30 a.m. and restricting kids riding solo to the shorter rides. If you rode, how did the changes work?

About 15,000 riders reportedly participated, which would make the Bridge Pedal the 3rd biggest ride in the US, behind the Five Boro Bike Tour in New York and the 20,000-rider Bike the Drive in Chicago (others, anyone?).

Also:

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Chicago’s Bicycle Film Festival runs through Saturday

Bicycle Film Festival

The Chicago edition of the Bicycle Film Festival runs through Saturday, with dates still scheduled in London, San Francisco, Sydney, Tokyo, and Milan.

Highlights for Saturday include a 32-minute preview of M.A.S.H., an upcoming film about the San Francisco fixie scene by Michael Martin and Gabe Morford (1:30 preview), and a big-screen presentation of the 1976 classic A Sunday in Hell.

Here’s a PDF of the Chicago program, and a link to a PDF version of the LA Bicycle Film Festival Poster.



Don’t call them “bumper” stickers

Chicagoland Bicycle Federation Stickers

Bike Lane HottieThe Chicagoland Bicycle Federation is offering three different “fender stickers,” 2” x 5.25” each.

There’s “Use your head, wear a helmet,” “I AM TRAFFIC,” and (at left) “Bike Lane Hottie.” Get two of each for $5, which includes shipping.



Specialized launches ride-in movies minisite

Specialized Movies Presents

Specialized has launched a new promo site for its Stumpjumper mountain bike and Roubaix road bike. It’s presented as a “ride-in movies” site, with short video clips on both bikes.

And it’s really beautiful. I know I’m being sold to, but I couldn’t resist clicking around to see what else I could make happen, and the rendering and Flash work are really top-notch.

The Stumpjumper video owes a lot to “Itchy and Scratchy,” and didn’t do much for me, but the Roubaix video, where you can barely even see the bike, has a chance of going viral – before I was sent this link, I had already seen the video, by itself, linked at How to Avoid the Bummer Life, and it’s also up at YouTube.



Miles in Mazama

Pam and I are off on vacation and riding miles in Mazama, Wa. We haven’t planned anything specific, but will ride some combination of these roads, and a stage or two from the Methow Valley Tour, which was earlier this year. I’ll post on the “awe-inspiring scenery and challenging courses” while recovering from the rides at the Freestone Inn.

In the Fall, the Methow Valley Sports Trails Association puts on the 20th Annual Fall Bike Festival with road rides, mountain, cyclocross, and much more.



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