The Providence Bridge Pedal and Bridge Stride happens Sunday, August 13th, a month from now. I've done the Bridge Stride in 2001 and 2002. I've been meaning to do it again.
The BP/S closes most of downtown Portland's Willamette River bridges -- including the top decks of the two freeway bridges -- one Sunday morning each August so that cyclists and well-practiced pedestrians (like me!) can experience the bridges at foot speed. You can stop. Lay down on asphalt that's usually travelled on at 40 to 70 miles per hour. Take pictures of the views. Visit with people. Have fun. And yes, I had fun the two times I did it.
I wish I hadn't missed it the past three years.
I can rectify that.
(This is also a way to give a heads-up to my fellow Portlandish people: ever done this? Try it, you might like it...)
You register either on the Bridge Pedal website or at the Wellness Expo the two days before. The money raised ($25 for the Bridge Pedal, $15 for the Bridge Stride) goes to charities: the Providence Women and Vascular Disease Program and the Bicycle Transportation Alliance.
And before I sound like a shill, I'll stop. ;-)