Frequently Asked Questions

Is it required that I register to participate?

Yes. You will receive a rider ID indicating which ride you are doing. It must be displayed 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?

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?

Providence Bridge Pedal Health and Wellness Expo

Saturday, August 12 | 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Providence Park
1844 SW Morrison St., Portland
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Other Early Will Call Opportunities

Monday, August 7 | 4-7:30 p.m.
Providence Medical Group, Happy Valley clinic
16180 SE Sunnyside Rd., Clackamas
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Tuesday, August 8 | 4-7:30 p.m.
Providence Medical Group, Tanasbourne clinic
18610 NW Cornell Rd., Hillsboro
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Wednesday, August 9 | 4-7:30 p.m.
Providence Medical Group, Bridgeport clinic
18040 SW Lower Boones Ferry Rd., Tigard
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Thursday, August 10, 4-7:30 p.m.
Providence Medical Group, Glisan clinic
5330 NE Glisan St., Portland
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Day of Event

Sunday, August 13 | 5:30-10 a.m.
SW Naito Parkway and Salmon St.

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.

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.

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 during Providence Bridge Pedal?

Click here to see the timing and direction of bridge closures on Sunday morning, August 13. In addition, SW Naito Parkway will be closed from 4 a.m. to 1 p.m.

What about parking?

All of Portland’s metered parking spaces are free on Sundays until 1 p.m. If you choose to park on the east side of the river, the Burnside and Hawthorne bridges allow easy access from the east side to the starting area on SW Naito Parkway.

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

Yes. Volunteers are needed in the week leading up to Providence Bridge Pedal. A list of available volunteer opportunities can be found here.

May I pick up registration materials for other riders?

Yes, as long as you have their registration receipts.

Is my registration transferable?

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

I have a Providence Bridge Pedal gift card from last year. Can I still use it?

Yes. Even though the names of our rides have changed from those on your gift card, it still can be used for free entry into any Providence Bridge Pedal ride or for a $45 discount on the registration fee for the Marquam Express. Simply follow the instructions on the back of the card.

Will we get free entry into the Bite of Oregon again this year?

No. Sadly, this year the Bite of Oregon is not being held at the same time as Providence Bridge Pedal. It has moved to Labor Day weekend.

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.

What can I expect at the Marquam Express breakfast?

The sunrise breakfast on the Marquam 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.

Why is the St. Johns Bridge not on the ride this year?

Facing a shortage of police officers, the City of Portland has adopted a new policy impacting all special events. It limits the number of police officers that can be used to support special events. The traditional Bridge Pedal route required about 75 officers.The new policy puts a limit of 33 officers for any event. When it became apparent the city was unwilling to consider alternative staffing options, there was no option but to change the route. The most significant adjustment was dropping the St. Johns Bridge from the ride.

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 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
  • Burnside westbound: Open both directions
  • Morrison: Closed both directions 5:30 - 10:30 a.m.
  • Hawthorne eastbound closed: 6 - 11:30 a.m (except TriMet)
  • Marquam top deck closed: 5:30 - 11 a.m.
  • Ross Island westbound closed: 5:30 - 10:30 a.m.
  • Sellwood: Open both directions