Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is it required that I register to participate?

    Yes, registration is required for all Bridge Pedal events. This includes Kids Pedal, even though it is a free event.

    You will receive a rider/walk ID indicating which event you are doing. It must be displayed on the front of your bike or on your shirt 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?
    • Tuesday, Aug. 4, 4-7 p.m. Providence Medical Group-Tanasbourne, 10670 NE Cornell Rd., Hillsboro
    • Wednesday, Aug. 5, 4-7 p.m. Providence Medical Group-Bridgeport 18040 SW Lower Boones Ferry Rd., Tigard
    • Thursday, Aug. 6, 4-7- p.m. Providence Medical Group-Glisan, 5330 NE Glisan, Portland
    • Saturday, Aug. 8, 9 a.m. - noon. Providence Park, SW 20th Ave. and Morrison, Portland
    • Sunday, Aug. 9, All events EXCEPT the Fremont Express. Beginning at 6:30 a.m. SW Naito Parkway and Taylor St.
    • Fremont Express ONLY. 5:30 - 6:45 a.m. Red Cross Parking Lots, N Vancouver and Cook
  • 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?

    The only event with a registration cap is Kids Pedal. It is limited to 1,000 participants.

  • 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.

  • Is wearing a helmet required?

    Yes, helmets are required to be worn by all cyclists participating in Providence Bridge Pedal.

  • Do I get a free T-shirt? When do I pick it up?

    Every paid registration includes a Providence Bridge Pedal 25th Anniversary T-shirt. Stride participants get a shirt too. Kids Pedal registrants do not receive a free shirt. You will be able to get your shirt when you pick up ride materials or at the finish line.

  • How can I get around Portland during Providence Bridge Pedal and still do the ride?

    See the timing and direction of bridge closures on Sunday morning, August 9. 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.

    For the Fremont Express there will be designated parking lots available near the American Red Cross at N Cook and Vancouver.

  • 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. List of available volunteer opportunities.

  • 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. 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 $40 discount on the registration fee for the Fremont Express. Simply follow the instructions on the back of the card.

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

    Yes. When you pick up your ride materials, simply tell the volunteer you wish to switch to a different ride. At that time you will need to pay the additional registration fee if you are changing to a more expensive event.

  • What can I expect at the Fremont Express breakfast?

    The sunrise breakfast on the Fremont Bridge includes, bagels, pastries, doughnuts, muffins, fruit, juice, coffee and a terrific view.

  • 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 many 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 bridges will be closed to motorized traffic during Bridge Pedal?

    Bridges will be closed to motorized traffic during these hours:

    • St Johns: Open both directions
    • Fremont:  Top deck closed 5 a.m. - noon
    • Broadway: Closed Eastbound until 12:30 p.m. The streetcar will operate in both directions.
    • Steel: Closed both directions for maintenance
    • Burnside: Westbound open both directions
    • Morrison: Eastbound closed 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
  • Are electric bikes allowed?

    Absolutely yes.

  • How about electric scooters?

    They are NOT allowed.