Is it required that I register to participate?

Yes. You will receive a rider ID indicating which ride you are doing. It must be display on the front of your bike or on your shirt. You will be asked to show your rider ID at the start line and at key points along the ride to make certain you are directed on the correct route.

How can I register for Providence Bridge Pedal and Stride?

Registration is available for all events where space is available, except Fremont Express on Sunday, Aug. 14, 6 - 9 a.m. at SW Naito Parkway and Pine Street.

    Sunday, Aug. 14, 5:45-6:45 a.m.at Red Cross parking lot, N Vancouver and Cook St.

Can I use a credit card to register?

Yes. When registering online Visa and MasterCard are accepted.

When and where can I get my ride materials?

There are multiple opportunities to pick-up ride and walk materials.

If I’m unable to attend, will my money be refunded?

No, registration fees are nonrefundable. However, registrations are transferable. If you’re unable to attend, you can give your registration to somebody else.

Why are there now limits on the number of participants in each event?

The registration limit is set to minimize congestion and to ensure all participants can finish their routes within the time limits required by event permits.

What are the registration limits for each event?

Registration limits are: Fremont Express at 1,500 participants; 10-bridge ride at 6,000 participants; 8-bridge ride at 4,000 participants; 6-bridge ride at 7,500 participants; and Kids Pedal at 1,000 participants. There is no registration limit for Providence Bridge Stride.

Why are there assigned start times this year?

We are using assigned start times for the 10-bridge, 8-bridge and 6-bridge rides to minimize long start waits and congestion on the ride.

If my child is in a stroller or a bike trailer do I need to register him/her?

No. Only children who are walking in Providence Bridge Stride or pedaling in Providence Bridge Pedal need to register.

If I create a Family and Friends group, do all members of my group have to do the same ride?

No. Individual group members can do different Providence Bridge Pedal rides or they can do Providence Bridge Stride.

After creating my Family and Friends group can I come back later and add additional members?

Yes. After creating and registering a minimum of four members in your group you will receive a Family and Friends Discount Code. Others can join your group and receive the discount by using the code when they register.

Is wearing a helmet required?

Yes, helmets are required to be worn by all cyclists participating in Providence Bridge Pedal. Low cost, quality helmets will be available for sale at the Providence Bridge Pedal Health and Wellness Expo and near the start line.

I ordered a T-shirt but was not asked what size shirt I want. What is the story?

We have found over the years that many people want to see the actual T-shirt before selecting the size. You will be able to select the size you prefer when you pick up your shirt at the Providence Bridge Pedal Health and Wellness Expo, the start line or the finish line.

How can I get around Portland on Sunday morning?

Here is a list of which bridges are open and which are closed to motorized traffic during the event.

What about parking?

All metered parking spaces are free on Sundays until 1 p.m. in Portland. If you choose to park on the east side of the river, the Burnside, Morrison and Hawthorne bridges allow easy access from the east side to the starting area. If you are doing the Fremont Express, there will be designed parking lots at Emanuel Hospital.

Can I volunteer to help with Providence Bridge Pedal and still do the ride?

Yes. Volunteers are needed on Saturday, Aug. 13 and early morning Sunday, Aug.14, to help get everything ready for the ride. To learn more or to volunteer, send an e-mail to volunteers@bridgepedal.com.

May I pick up registration materials for other riders?

Yes, as long as you have their registration receipts.

Is my registration transferrable?

Yes. Registrations are transferrable but not refundable. Simply give your registration receipt to the person who will be using it.

After I’ve registered, can I change to a different ride?

Yes, as long as space in that ride is still available. You can make that change when you pick up your ride materials.

Can I change my assigned start time?

Yes. If you wish to change to a different start time, simply arrive at the start line at the appropriate time. However, please note that once the window for starting a particular ride has passed, you will be redirected to a ride that has not yet begun.

What can I expect at the Fremont Express breakfast?

The sunrise breakfast on the Fremont Bridge includes bagels and muffins, fruit, juice, coffee and terrific views.

I want to do the ride but don’t own a bike. Can I rent one?

Yes, there are numerous places to rent a bike. The Portland Bureau of Transportation has a great list.

May I bring my dog?

No. For the safety of our participants, dogs are not permitted at the event.

What about in-line skates and skateboards?

Sorry, these are not permitted in Providence Bridge Pedal and Stride.

What if my bike gets a flat tire?

Staff from nine Portland-area bike stores are stationed along the route to help with any mechanical problems. Additionally, about four dozen bike mechanics are biking during the ride. They will stop to assist any rider having problems.

What if I get tired and do not want to finish the ride?

At any point during the ride you are welcome to leave the route. Be aware that once you leave the ride, you will be on streets that are open to motorized traffic.

What are the bridge impacts?

Bridges will be closed to motorized traffic during these hours.

  • St Johns: Open both directions
  • Fremont top deck closed: 5 a.m. - noon
  • Broadway: Open both directions
  • Steel eastbound closed: 6:45 - 12:30 p.m.
  • Burnside westbound closed: 6:45 - 11 a.m.
  • Morrison: Open both directions
  • Hawthorne eastbound closed: 6 - 11 a.m (except TriMet)
  • Marquam top deck closed: 5:30 - 11 a.m.
  • Ross Island westbound closed: 5:30 - 10:30 a.m.
  • Sellwood westbound closed: 5:30 - 9 a.m.