Over 10,000 cyclists filled nine Portland bridges Sunday morning for the 26th annual Providence Bridge Pedal and Stride.
The noncompetitive event, considered one of the biggest community bike rides in the world by event organizers, allows riders to explore the city’s major bridges and highways, including the car-free upper decks of both the Marquam and Fremont bridges. While there, participants were able to hop off their bikes at the peak off the bridge’s edge to enjoy views of the city from an angle rarely see on foot. Tired cyclists were also greeted by snacks, hydrating beverages, a live marimba band and a small bicycle repair shop that offered free services.
The event, which offers four pedal options and one walking option, caters to cyclists of all ages and skill levels. Routes ranged from a 3-mile path for kids to a 23-mile trip that crossed the Fremont, Marquam, Sellwood, Hawthorne, Ross Island, and Steel bridges.
Proceeds from the event go to Providence Hospital’s Better Outcomes through Bridges program, which works to help patients get food, medication, transportation and shelter after they are discharged from the hospital.
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