Pedalpalooza is Coming to Town
A pedalpalooza event is a multi-day
series of bicycle rides, events and activities to promote and celebrate
bicycling. The first Pedalpalooza was held in Portland
in June, 2004, a 16-day event with 68 rides and activities and hundreds of
people participating. Since then the event has mushroomed into 21 days, with
hundreds of activities and thousands participating.
The pedalpalooza event format has
spread to other cities, especially in Canada .
The most notable is held annually in Vancouver ,
B.C. for two weeks in June/July, and is called Velopalooza. Some folks in the
bicycle community of Port Townsend thought it would be a great idea to bring a
pedalpalooza to town, and the inaugural event will take place July 11 to 15, 2012 .
All pedalpaloozas operate with a
loosely organized steering committee, a web page with an interactive calendar
and an e-mail listserve to announce activities and discuss local cycling needs,
projects and issues. Portland ’s
Pedalpalooza is run by a steering committee called “Shift,” (as in shift to
bikes). Vancouver ’s Velopalooza is
run by an organization called, “Bike Love,” and Port Townsend has formed a
steering committee called PT Pedals.
All of these
steering committees are loosely organized, volunteer-directed, community-based
efforts focused on promoting bicycling activities, events, culture/community and
BIKE FUN for people of all ages and skill levels. Most activities are planned
and lead by anyone in the community who wants to organize a ride, potluck, move
by bicycle, bicycle camping expedition or any other bicycle-related activity.
Pedalpaloozas are “grass-roots” projects, driven by individuals who donate
their time, expertise, imagination and local knowledge to create excellent fun
and adventure on bicycles.
All rides and
events are conducted at no charge, unless an entry fee is involved, and all leaders
and participants participate at their own risk. People
are responsible for their own safety. Pedalpaloozas merely function as portals
and don’t endorse or recommend rides or events that people post. That said,
most activity postings are usually by cyclists experienced in leading bicycle
rides, and many are organized by local bicycle organizations or shops.
In Port Townsend the activities will include rides
for casual bicycle riders (uncertain about riding much distance or pedaling
uphill) to experienced road cyclists and mountain bikers; all are encouraged to
plan activities for others and participate in BIKE FUN during PT Pedalpalooza.
is easy! Go to the website, http://www.ptpedals.org/, and take a look at the interactive
calendar posted on the home page. If you want to add a ride or event, simply
click the “ADD EVENT” link to find a menu-driven series of information boxes to
complete. To participate, follow the instructions for start time, place to meet
and what to bring. It is that simple.
The interactive bike calendar will
function beyond PT Pedalpalooza, all year long, and all local bicycle
organizations and shops will be encouraged to post their rides and activities
to show how much is happening in Port Townsend in the bicycle realm. The
ptpedals e-mail listserve is also ready for subscribers at: ptpedals@....
Everyone organizing or interested in participating in bicycles rides,
events or activities is encouraged to subscribe to the listserve and post to
the calendar at any time.
For more information, contact the
PT Pedals steering committee at 385-4881 or info@....