Free Wheeling: Bike Fun

5 Best Bets for Pedalpalooza 2019

From two-wheeled all-nighters to Muppet sing-alongs, there’s a bike ride for you.

By Rebecca Jacobson May 28, 2019 Published in the June 2019 issue of Portland Monthly

There is perhaps no better time to ride a bike in Portland than June. Among the reasons why: Pedalpalooza, a monthlong velostravaganza featuring hundreds of rambles for riders of all propensities, from the festival’s blowout kickoff (June 1) to the flesh frenzy that is the World Naked Bike Ride (June 29). Whether you’re looking to get wild or wonky, here are five best bets. (Check the calendar for times, dates, and meeting locations, all of which are subject to change.)

Mural Ride

Longtime bike booster Meghan Sinnott—also an organizer of the World Naked Bike Ride—and designer/illustrator Mel Christy lead a tour to some of the city’s newest and neatest public art, likely to include works by Paola Delfín, Laura Berger, and Shawna X. Meets 11 a.m. Sunday, June 9, Clay Creative Building (240 SE Clay St)


Dust off your finest argyle for some mini-golf on the go, with ride organizers supplying the pop-up putting ranges. Meets noon Saturday, June 15, The Lot at Scout Beer (5029 SE Division St)

Live Freeways Ride

News flash: portions of Portland-area freeways are open to bikes. This shoulder spin toward Oregon City logs around 45 miles, with numerous opportunities to bail to transit. Meets 11 a.m. Sunday, June 16, Goose Hollow MAX Station (1927 SW Jefferson St)

Solstice Ride

Celebrate the summer solstice with a two-wheeled all-nighter, rolling from sunset to sunrise, with plenty of stops along the way. Expect upwards of 30 miles, including a few hills. Meets 8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 20, People's Food Co-op (3029 SE 21st Ave)

Muppet Movie Singalong Bike Ride

The Muppet Movie turns 40 this year, so prepare your pipes for “Rainbow Connection” on this kid-friendly, four-mile whirl. Lyric sheets provided; costumes encouraged. Meets 11 a.m. Saturday, June 22, Irving Park

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