Pedalpalooza connects Naked Bike Ride, Art Museum

Pennants ready for Pedalpalooza in Portland, June 6, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)
Pennants ready for Pedalpalooza in Portland, June 6, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Portland, the home of bicycles, Cyclepedia and the naked bike ride — all part of Pedalpalooza.

Pedalpalooza is three weeks of bike fun with more than 250 events in what organizers like to call car-free fun.

Beth Heinrich of the Portland Art Museum, June 6, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)
Beth Heinrich of the Portland Art Museum, June 6, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)

The newest exhibit at the Portland Art Museum, Cyclepedia, is a collection of 40 bikes that navigate the evolution of bicycle design. They go on display Saturday to the public, and naked bike ride participants can get into the exhibit for free after 8 p.m., June 8.

But naked riders still have to wear shoes to get into the museum. Clothed cyclists will have to pay “$2 whatever you’re wearing, so come on down,” Heinrich said.

The naked bike ride, officially begun as a protest against oil dependence, begins outside the Portland Art Museum.

Meghan Sinnott, an organizer of Pedalpalooza, June 6, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)
Meghan Sinnott, an organizer of Pedalpalooza, June 6, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)

“The World Naked Bike Ride were excited about the opportunity to start the ride in front of museum and we’re delighted that they’ll be here,” said the art museum’s Beth Heinrich. “The whole idea is connecting with cyclists and obviously participants of the World Naked Bike Ride are very enthusiastic and so we’re excited to welcome them in and see these bicycles.”

Organizers of the World Naked Bike Ride said this year they’re keeping the route and destination under wraps — which is more than can be said about the participants.

“We really like to cut back on the look-y loos, as we call them in our planning meetings,” said Pedalpalooza’s Meghan Sinnott. “We fully recognize that we’re a spectacle and, me, lover of the absurd, appreciates that. But it can be harmful to have people who are just there to stand and stare at naked  bodies.”

But if you’ve found out what the route is for the bike ride, Sinnott said, “Curses! Well done.”

The ride leaves at 10 p.m. Saturday from the South Park Blocks and is free to join.

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