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This is a series of six pics devoted to the Bridge Pedal ride.  Myself and 20,000 Portland friends participated on Sunday, August 12, 2007.   

Hawthorne Bridge was the first bridge I crossed.  I kept my ears and eyes open, which is good to do in everyday life, right?   I could hear excitement through the crowd.  I could hear parents encouraging or instructing their kids on moving through the sea of bikes.  And I could see that although it was hard to move around, everyone was in this together.  And we will all get through it okay.

Note: The trend this year were tandem bikes, or bikes with trailers.  Both used to a hold growing family.  I saw every kind of bike imaginable.  From old one speed bikes with those wire baskets in the front and fenders on the back, to the new folding bikes. (Bike Friday had a drawing...The Eugene, OR based company held a drawing to give one away.  Check out their web site.  Their bikes look quite interesting.  Folding bikes have come a long way.)


2007 Providence Bridge Pedal Ride
Picture 2 of 6 - Hawthorne Bridge
(
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawthorne_Bridge)

crowded commute

This is a series of six pics devoted to the Bridge Pedal ride.  Myself and 20,000 Portland friends participated on Sunday, August 12, 2007.   

Hawthorne Bridge was the first bridge I crossed.  I kept my ears and eyes open, which is good to do in everyday life, right?   I could hear excitement through the crowd.  I could hear parents encouraging or instructing their kids on moving through the sea of bikes.  And I could see that although it was hard to move around, everyone was in this together.  And we will all get through it okay.

Note: The trend this year were tandem bikes, or bikes with trailers.  Both used to a hold growing family.  I saw every kind of bike imaginable.  From old one speed bikes with those wire baskets in the front and fenders on the back, to the new folding bikes. (Bike Friday had a drawing...The Eugene, OR based company held a drawing to give one away.  Check out their web site.  Their bikes look quite interesting.  Folding bikes have come a long way.)


2007 Providence Bridge Pedal Ride
Picture 2 of 6 - Hawthorne Bridge
(
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawthorne_Bridge)

comments (20)

I was going to say 'and not a car in sight' but I think I might have spied a couple parked up. What a thought though, a day of no cars only bicycles, how good would that be. With every face looking straight ahead, it gives a sense of solidarity and commitment to the cause.
Kay: Hi Jose,
Yes, there were a few cars sharing the road here and there. But we took over. It was fun riding on bridges and down exit ramps feeling the wind in our hair.
Nice softening effect here Kay, I love this shot. My wife and I seem to have bad luck with bikes: hers got stolen and I got the wheel of mine stolen as well (don't ask me how I felt when reporting to the police)!!

So no more bikes for a while, am back to polluting with my petrol engine, I'm afraid...
Kay: Heh! Bisola I'm with you re: bikes. At least for a few days. My bum is a little sore. wink
  • Deb Martin
  • Petaluma
  • 14 Aug 2007, 02:41
Looks fun, Kay - I know - everyone's in it together - that is what pulls you through, and, if they can do it you can too, right?
I am looking forward to my LIVESTRONG ride there in Portland in September.
Love, your sis Debbie
Kay: Let's spread the word about your ride, Deb, and raise some good money for the cause. Cancer research plays a big part towards finding cures.
Great architecture of the bridge ! Nice idea to have softly blurred this capture Kay ! How many miles ? smile
For the butterfly, I was amazed, he's remained during sveral minutes there while my lens was so near at him...
Kay: Hi Florence,
I biked 14 miles. smile Not as sore as I thought I would be, so that's good.
Yes, I was amazed at seeing such an angle of view (of your butterfly). That was amazing!
Really intersting series Kay. Nice F11, with all that detail into the distance. Very professional.
Kay: Thank you very much, Chris!
That amused! I am sure that you enjoyed that stroll in bicycle. I like the effect that you have given the photo! smile
Kay: Thank you, Jose!
Muchas gracias!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 14 Aug 2007, 08:33
Quite a procession. I believe one can feel hemmed in, even if it is not your first ride.

Great capture and processing.
Kay: Thanks for your nice colmment, Louis! I did feel a little hemmed in, but it was okay.
Nice capture Kay. We had the bridge to Brisbane, on the same day. I wasn't there, but it was for runners and walkers.
Kay: Sounds like the Bridge to Brisbane run would be fun to watch on the sidelines (or walk). smile I would rather bike it, myself wink.
  • Tracy
  • 14 Aug 2007, 08:53
Glad you enjoyed the day Kay it looks fun. Lovely capture too smile
Kay: It was fun, Tracy. Thank you!
like the angle, from behind the crowd.
Kay: Thank you, Chantal.
I like this. It defineatly captures the feel of the race. You did a great job on it Kay!
Kay: Thanks so much, DD! smile
Now that looks like fun ! Since when did my fellow yanks start calling their backsides " bum "? makes me think you've been to limey land. Nice shot of a fun day.

J
Kay: Well, J, "bum" is actually the more polite sounding word, so that's why I chose it! grin LOL
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 14 Aug 2007, 13:05
I LOVE the Thank You sign up above the riders, Kay, as well as the almost vintage/timeless feel to this pic. You have really done justice to this ride and should send the pics to the organizers to see if they could use them in future publications. Seriously! This totally captures the ethos of that day!

I loved what you wrote about the bikes because it reminds me of Amsterdam, including the fold-and-carry bikes. It really is amazing to see how one can get around on any number of bike models. smile
Kay: Thank you, Ginnie! That is a great suggestion, and I'll certainly think about it. I do know that there were a lot of photogs out and about.

Can't wait to take my folded bike to Amsterdam! (Still have to buy one) smile That's what I plan to do when I travel.
Lovely image Kay with a nice suggestion of movement. I can just hear all those chains and gears whirring away. Looks like a fun time was had by all. David.
Kay: Thank you, David! It was a lot of fun!
Nice Shot Kay!
Like the treatment to this image. wink
Kay: Aw, thank you, Nacha!
That's a big event with 20k participants. Do they all start from the same place? I'd think that would cause a bit of congestion. Looks like fun, though!
Kay: Hi Martin, The 10 bridgers were supposed to start from a different place than the 6 and 8 bridgers. And there were staggered times, however I guess it did not start off according to their plan and therefore the bottlenecks.
  • mal
  • 14 Aug 2007, 23:35
was anyone hurt or injured? love the shot. mal
Kay: Hi Mal! Yes I heard from another rider that a few did get hurt and taken away via the ambulance. Hope they're feeling better now.
Nice capture, good shot of the bridge.
Kay: Hi Les, Thank you for your comment and for visiting!
Nice composition here, very well done !
Kay: Merci, Zeb!
  • Suzanne
  • 18 Aug 2007, 02:04
This is my favorite of the series...makes me want to get back on my bike and make my way around the island like I used to do every single day..thanks for the inspiration, Kay. smile I once biked up Vancouver's huge mountains..12 and 17 km straight up (not a single bit of a downhill except for the final speedy descents) and hiked up the infamous and very steep Grouse Grind Trail... and did it all in one morning..crazy! I didn't think I could do it either!
Kay: Wow, Suzanne, I'm impressed about your biking up those steep hills. You probably didn't even stop, did you? Well, I'm glad I could inspire you in some small way. Your photos have done that for me, you know. smile
Take good care. All my best,
Kay

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