Bridge Pedal puts Portland cyclists on a lofty perch

Providence organizes the annual walk/ride to give participants car-free access to the city’s bridges and freeways and fundraise for Better Outcomes thru Bridges (BOB) regional behavioral health programs.

Hundreds of people ride their bikes across the top deck of Portland's Marquam Bridge during the annual Bridge Pedal event.

An opportunity like this only comes ‘round once a year.

Photo by Andrew Wallner

Have you ever been driving across the vaulted Fremont Bridge, soaking in the sight of Portland swathed in the rosy glow of sunrise, and thought to yourself, “I wish I could stop and stay awhile?”

Well, this weekend is your chance. On Sunday, Aug. 13, the Providence Bridge Pedal & Stride returns as a celebration of bicycling and community, where people can experience several of Portland’s bridges (and their vistas) without vehicle traffic.

Here is the schedule of the day’s events.

Fremont Express | 23 miles | Starts at 7 a.m. | $60 | Enjoy sweeping views from the top deck of the Fremont Bridge, which celebrates its 50th birthday this year. Access it via North Cook Street and Vancouver Avenue (on the east side) at 6 a.m.

Alternating images show participants of Portland's Bridge Pedal event.

All smiles at sunrise

Photos by Andrew Wallner

Main Ride | 20 miles | Starts 7:30-8:30 a.m. | $30-$40 | Cross over seven bridges, including the top deck of the Marquam Bridge, while traveling on car-free streets.

Bridge Stride | 5 miles | Starts at 8 a.m. | $25-$35 | No wheels? No problem. Join fellow walkers on an urban hike that takes you over the Fremont and Steel bridges.

Family Ride | 13 miles | Starts 8:30–9:15 a.m. | $25-$35 | Load up the loved ones and roll through town. Kids aged 12 and younger can get stamps at each bridge’s canopy to complete the 6-Bridge Challenge.

Kids Pedal | 3 miles | Starts at 10:15 a.m. | Free, registration is required | Young cyclists can participate with a shorter route that traverses the Hawthorne and Steel bridges.

More things to know before you go: