Normally, one can never linger on the 405 bridge to ponder
massive rail yards below, but during the Providence Bridge Peddle, it's a different
I planned to be in Portland for the annual Providence
Bridge Peddle in 2005. Stayed in a downtown motel for 2 nights.
Bridge Pedal is a yearly organized ride,
possibly 24,000 bicyclists signed up for 2005.
The Willammette River is crisscrossed by
many bridges in Portland. On one Sunday each year, they turn most of
the bridge space over to cyclists.
Birds eye view of rail yard in Portland,
from Fremont Bridge during Providence Bridge Peddle.
Looking down on the locomotives
One of the most popular photo shoots of that day.
Posing in front of the suicide hotline sign.
Here's a first, starting to
cross the top deck of the I-5 Bridge normally not open to cyclists.
A big milling crowd on the freeway with the festival up ahead. Booths,
food, even a reggae band, I think I remember reggae.
Imagine a festival on the freeway.
Trucks and cars were still allowed on the lower
deck causing the bridge to vibrate under our feet. It made for an interesting
festival. A bit of a human bottleneck approaching the
festival on the freeway.
Lots of booths and sandwich boards reminding folks of a better
Top deck of the I-405 Fremont Bridge and another
festival. This one had a marimba band.
Here's the finishline of Providence Bridge Pedal
2005 in Portland, OR.
I elected to cross 8 bridges. Those who got up earlier crossed
10. Others crossed 6.
Bridges I crossed were:
Broadway, Selwood, Marquam (I-5), Burnside, Hawthorne, Fremont (I-405),
St. Johns and Steel.
Ride ended where it started, near Tom McCall
Waterfront Park. A few folks took advantage of the walk through fountain.
Nice mix of spandex, hot weather and water.
Then there was The Bite Of Portland that
one could partake in if they wanted to. So much to do with-in a short