Get In Gear with 16th Annual Providence Bridge Pedal – And Finish on the Timbers’ Home Field

August 03, 2011

What:

Bikes, bridges and a bonus event are in store for the 16th annual Providence Bridge Pedal and Providence Bridge Stride. The event ends this year on the lush green turf at JELD-WEN Field. After cycling and walking the majestic Willamette River bridges, participants will continue their celebration on the home field of the Portland Timbers with the largest Providence Bridge Pedal Health and Wellness Expo to date.

When:

Providence Bridge Pedal and Providence Bridge Stride
Sunday, Aug. 14

Details:

Providence Bridge Pedal celebrates 16 years of gearing up by giving cyclists car-free access to – and stunning views from – the tops of the Fremont and Marquam bridges. For those who prefer to walk, Providence Bridge Stride offers a five-mile alternative that includes the Fremont and Broadway bridges.

All events end near Lincoln High School where the Bicycle Transportation Alliance will offer valet bike parking so cyclists can join walkers at the Providence Bridge Pedal Health and Wellness Expo on JELD-WEN Field.

Providence Bridge Pedal is the second-largest community bicycle ride in the country and the third largest in the world. More than 18,000 cyclists are expected to participate this year.

Highlights this year:

  • The 36-mile, 10-bridge ride and five-mile, two-bridge walk have a new start location this year – near Lincoln High School. Both promise a good workout and great views from the bridges.
  • All Providence Bridge Pedal and Providence Bridge Stride events are free for children 12 and younger. Youth ages 13 to 19 have reduced entry fees.
  • The 10-bridge, 36-mile ride gives serious cyclists two opportunities to soak in the views from atop the Marquam and Fremont bridges.
  • Participants can pick up registration packets Saturday, Aug. 13 at Oregon Square, Northeast Holladay Street and Seventh Avenue or during the hour before each event starts on Sunday, Aug. 14, at the registration area.
  • New this year: All events end near Lincoln High School, just a short walk from JELD-WEN Field and the Providence Bridge Pedal Health and Wellness Expo. Grab a bite to eat, check out 40 health and wellness vendors and kick a soccer ball.

A portion of the proceeds from Providence Bridge Pedal helps boost Providence Heart and Vascular Institute’s efforts to save the lives of people suffering heart attacks or other cardiac events. Providence Heart and Vascular Institute will use its portion of the proceeds to buy automated external defibrillators, or AEDs, and donate them to selected public places in the community, such as stores, schools and libraries. An AED is a portable device used to restore normal heart rhythm to people experiencing cardiac arrest.

The Events:

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 13
Providence Bridge Pedal/Providence Bridge Stride registration pickup
Oregon Square – Northeast Holladay Street and Seventh Avenue
It’s the best way to ensure a smooth start for your Sunday morning. Pick up your registration materials on Saturday and head straight for the start line on Sunday.

Sunday, Aug. 14
Providence Bridge Pedal and Providence Bridge Stride
(registration required)
Bicyclists circle the city while getting breath-taking views from atop Portland’s busiest bridges – and there’s no traffic! All routes cross the top decks of the Fremont and Marquam bridges. Those who enjoy crossing the bridges on foot can take part in the five-mile Providence Bridge Stride.

  • 10-Bridge Ride – 36 miles
    Start time/location: 7 to 7:30 a.m.
    SW Salmon Street and 14th Avenue, adjacent to Lincoln High School
    Fees: adult $35 ($45 day of event); youth, 13 to 19, $25 ($35 day of event)
    Not recommended for young children
    Day of event registration: 6 to 7 a.m.
    Southwest Salmon Street and 16th Avenue
  • 8-Bridge Ride – 26 miles
    Start time/location: 7 a.m.
    Southwest Naito Parkway and Salmon Street
    Fee: adult $30 ($40 day of event); youth, 13 to 19, $20 ($35 day of event)
    Children 12 and under free
    Day of event registration: 6 to 7 a.m., Southwest Naito Parkway and the Morrison Bridge
  • 6-Bridge Ride – 13 miles
    Start time/location: 8 to 9:30 a.m.
    Southwest Naito Parkway and Salmon Street
    Fee: $25 ($35 day of event); youth, 13 to 19, $15 ($25 day of event)
    Children 12 and under free
    Day of event registration: 7:30 to 9 a.m., Southwest Naito Parkway and Pine Street
  • Providence Bridge Stride – five miles
    Start time/location: 8 a.m.
    Southwest Salmon Street and 14th Avenue, adjacent to Lincoln High School
    Fee: $20 adults ($25 day of event); $10 seniors age 60 and older ($15 day of event)
    Children 15 and under free
    Day of event registration: 7 to 8 a.m., Southwest Salmon and 16th Avenue.
  • Providence Bridge Pedal Health and Wellness Expo (free)
    9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    JELD-WEN Field – enter at Providence Sports Care Center
    909 SW 18th Avenue
    Providence Bridge Pedal/Providence Bridge Stride participants are invited to tour the new Providence Sports Care Center, which is open to serve the public and is the therapy facility of the Portland Timbers. Live music will entertain participants as they check out 40 health, fitness and informational vendors. Free blood pressure screenings and helmet safety checks will also be offered.

Online registration and registration forms for all events are available at www.providencebridgepedal.org