Fun by Bike: Family-Friendly Summer Biking Events

Inspired to bike? Here are some great local events to get you started.


Bike to Books. Every person who bikes to a Multnomah County Library branch will receive a free sticker.

Enter the Bike to Books coloring contest. Your artwork could be featured in a city bike lane! Other prizes include passes to The Lumberyard and a helmet from Nutcase. Details to enter here.

BikeMore Challenge. Register your family for the #bikemore challenge. Bike anywhere, log your miles, and win prizes!

May 11: Bridges to the Sky ride. Put on by PBOT, this kid-friendly ride starts at Powell Park and takes you down to the tram for a Mother’s Day Ride.

May 12: Kidical Mass PDX CycloFemme Ride. Head to Sewallcrest Park at 10 a.m. for a global celebration of women bike ride. CycloFemme’s annual Mother’s Day ride unites riders, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity or bicycle preference to share in the joy of cycling.

May 19: Sunday Parkways: SE PDX. Explore 7 miles of closed roads in SE Portland, loaded with family-friendly fun. The route will take you on a tour of Laurelhurst, Sewallcrest, Colonel Summers, and Ivon Parks. Grab a bite to eat, listen to music, and join in on some activities. 11 am – 4 pm.

May 26: Kidical Mass PDX Southwest Ride. Enjoy a short, nearly flat ride from Gabriel Park to the Alpenrose velodrome and Pendleton Park. Slow pace for little pedalers. Meet at SW 42nd Ave & SW Vermont St playground / parking lot in Gabriel Park. Meet/play at 1:30 p.m., ride leaves by 2:00 p.m.


Pedalpalooza. Throughout the month of June you’ll find rides, festivals, bike-in movies, evening bike rides, and lots more. The website marks the kid-friendly opportunities.

June 22: Kidical Mass Goes Camping. Kidical Mass will leave from SE Portland at 10 am Saturday morning and ride a quiet, mostly off street route to Oxbow Regional Park to camp, swim, and sit around the fire. Ride back together the next day. Cost is $20 per tent site, and space is limited.

June 30: North Portland Sunday Parkways. Walk, bike, and roll across a 9.5 mile double loop that takes a trip to the Willamette Blvd. and over to Peninsula Rose Garden, Columbia Annex, Arbor Lodge, Kenton, and McCoy. While you’re there, enjoy food, music, and fun!


July 9: Sweet & Savory Summer Cycle Northeast. Local businesses will have free treats along the way. Meet at Alberta Park at 5:45 for a 6 pm ride.

July 10: Sweet & Savory Summer Cycle Southeast. Free treats to bribe you to take an easy ride to see neighborhood bikeways and local businesses. Meet at Woodstock Park at 5:45 for a 6 pm ride.

July 21: Sunday Parkways: Outer Northeast. The Outer Northeast event has been moved to July, and it is also a shorter route, making it easier for families and friends to either bike or walk it. The third year on this route, we have even more fun for you!  2019 marks the return to Hazelwood Hydro Park and allows us to debut a new park brimming with trees – John Luby Park.

July 27: Party in the Park. The Tualatin Hills Recreation Department throws a big party on the last Saturday in July, which includes drop-in sports, crafts, games, inflatables and more. The day kicks off with a Family Triathlon at 9 am.


August 6: The Art of Foster. Start at Essex Park, and take a look at the public art in the Foster neighborhood. Meet at 5:45 for a 6 pm departure.

August 10: All Abilities Tri 4 Youth. This fully-accessible triathlon at the Tualatin Hills Athletic Center is open to youth ages 8 to 26 with and without disabilities. The event also features games, music, and prizes.

August 11: Providence Bridge Pedal. The Kids Pedal is a 3-mile loop crossing the Hawthorne and Steel bridges. This is a free event, though registration is required. This one fills up, so register soon!

August 25: Green Loop Sunday Parkways. Sunday Parkways returns to the historic North Park Blocks, a green oasis downtown along with other engaging downtown and inner Eastside gems for our August route. Pass by the Portland Art Museum, North Blocks and the Rose Quarter.

All Summer Long

Adaptive Biketown People of all abilities can rent a specially-outfitted BikeTown bike at selected BikeTown locations. See the website for details.

Weekly rides with River City Bicycles. Check out the weekly “First Timer’s Ride” on Saturdays at 10 am. These rides are 5-8 miles through quiet, nearby neighborhoods.

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