Weekend event guide: Petal Pedal, End AIDS Ride, bike polo, and more.


Whether as a player or a spectator, a game of bike polo awaits you on Sunday at Alberta Park. (Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

Hi alla!

We’re heading into the last weekend before a certain summer bike event you may have heard of (#BikeSummer!). Before that, you have to go through a few days of intermittent rain and overcast skies this weekend (especially Saturday, according to the forecast). So keep that rain gear handy.

Here is our handpicked selection of events for this weekend…

Friday May 27

Breakfast on the Bridges – 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on the Steel, Hawthorne and Tilikum Bridges
Tomorrow is the last Friday of the month, so it’s back to school time for Breakfast on the Bridges! People who cross these bridges during this time will receive free breakfast from an elite list of donors. All it takes is a big smile back. This is also a friendly reminder that for the month of June, BonB will take place every Friday. More info here.

Reform Ride Parking – 12:45 PM at Director Park (SW)
This weekend’s Bike Loud West political ride is hosted by Tony Jordan, who is a renowned advocate for parking reforms aimed at combating climate change. The ride will make a 6 mile loop and several stops to discuss this work, reasons and viewpoints. More info here. This event will repeat itself on Sunday at the same time for people who cannot make it on Friday.

Saturday May 28

Petal Pedal – first run starts at 6:30am at Oregon Garden (Silverton, OR)
This fully supported ride offered by ORbike departs from the beautiful Oregon Garden and offers 4 possible routes (30, 50, 70, and 100 miles) through Willamette Valley farms and some small rural towns in Oregon, also with a chance to ride through Silver Falls Park (just the 100 mile course), before returning to the garden for a fun after party. Perks include all three meals, admission to the Oregon Garden, live music, and access to an open beer and wine bar. More info here.

Mountain Bike Social Ride – 9:30 AM at Sandy Ridge Trail System
Join the Northwest Trail Alliance and River City Bikes for an exciting group mountain biking adventure through the forests of the Sandy Trails. As if that weren’t enough, people will gather for hot dogs and drinks afterwards. More info here.

Drink Coffee, Drink Beer, End AIDS Ride – 4:15 p.m. at Laurelhurst Park (SE)
This one will be a social ride with a cause. Team Portland, a cycling community uniting against HIV/AIDS, is having a relaxed ride south to Coffee Beer in an event that will culminate in raffles with funds going to support LA LGBT Center and the SF AIDS Foundation. More info here. Also take a moment to read our story about Stephen La Marca, one of the braves of the Portland team.

Sunday May 29

Bike Polo – 3:00 p.m. at Alberta Park (NE)
Bike polo season is on! Join a group of bike polo enthusiasts of all abilities during weekly matches of this niche sport. Try something new, discover new hidden skills, or share a fun story afterwards. More info here.

Stay tuned for all the biking and transportation related events in the area with our comprehensive events calendar.


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