For over 50 years, Portlanders have welcomed the new year with a bike ride. The ride serves two purposes:
- highlights recent and upcoming changes to our streets
- provides a fun opportunity to see new parts of the city with friends old and new
Streets are quiet on New Year’s Day, which allows the New Year’s Day Ride to take routes that might be unpleasant on any other day.
Our 2022 New Year’s Day Ride was a mellow, sociable, 8-mile, family-friendly loop starting at Salmon Street Springs in Waterfront Park at noon.
The ride highlighted three exciting projects:
- Better Naito Forever, nearing completion
- Ned Flanders Crossing, Portland’s newest bicycle and pedestrian bridge
- Congressman Earl Blumenauer Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge, sited, but not yet rideable
The ride also showcased upcoming changes happening for people biking and walking as part of Central City in Motion and the Rose Lane Project, discussed the Green Loop, the Earthquake Ready Burnside Bridge project, Human Access Project’s Burnside Bridge Pedestrian Access Bridge concept, and biked across Tilikum Crossing.
Thank you BikePortland for the wonderful recap and photos: Riders brave cold for annual New Year’s Day Ride