Sunny skies and local politicians greeted us yesterday for the 56th installment of Portland’s annual tradition: The New Years Day Ride.
Over 100 people, including some kiddos in trailers and tagalongs, rode from downtown Portland to Milwaukie before turning east to the Bike Gallery‘s new location on 82nd Ave in Clackamas.
Mayor Jeremy Ferguson and newly-elected City Councilor Mark Gamba met us in downtown Milwaukie where volunteers from Bike Milwaukie offered riders hot drinks and tasty treats (donated by New Seasons Market).
Rather than ride the Springwater Corridor Trail, a beloved and familiar route, we took SE Monroe Street, a mostly-curbless residential street that runs from the Milwaukie waterfront (which will soon be home to a light-rail station, the Trolley Trail, and a protected connection to the Springwater Corridor) 3.5 miles due east to SE 82nd Ave (home of numerous retail destinations, the I-205 path, and the Green Line MAX). Here is our 12 mile route.
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Once we reached 82nd Ave., the challenges of car-centric development became clear as we took a circuitous route through parking lots and paths in order to finally reach our destination: Bike Gallery Clackamas.
Bike Gallery recently relocated their Division Street Store to 82nd Avenue and Johnson Creek Blvd and they were generous enough to open their doors just for us on New Years Day with coffee (donated by Stumptown Roasters) and snacks for everyone.
Once warmed-up and full of cookies, most riders hopped on the adjacent Springwater Corridor Trail or a MAX train for a ride home.
You can see a few photos from the ride below and the rest are available in NYDR 2013, a set on Flickr.