You've biked in Portland, but new to rural rides? Are you looking for a short, slower introduction to traveling rural Oregon by bike? This is your chance.
On April 1, enjoy the rural and natural scenery and explore Columbia County. This will be beginners-friendly and there will be plenty of frequent breaks throughout the ride, plus guided tour of various sights. You will also learn how to ride safely on rural roads.
Total approximate distance 17 miles, including rural, suburban, and urban settings.
Registration is required and is important. Minimum 5 registered riders by March 26, or this event will be cancelled. Maximum riders: 20.
Registration: On this website, tickets are labeled as "free" (we are not collecting money upfront now due to possibility of cancellation due to weather -- see below for notes about weather policy), but $40 cash on the day of event to cover the cost of refreshments at start/finish and for facility use ($30 if you are a Columbia County resident). Bring additional cash for lunch and such. Helmet and working brakes are required (important)! Bring a lock.
Maximum participants: 20 - the limit is STRICTLY enforced for safety reasons and due to Columbia County ordinance (which requires permit for all bike tours over 50 participants).
All participants must sign a liability waiver. No minors under 18 unless registering together with a parent or legal guardian who will assume all responsibilities for their health, safety and welfare. This ride is not recommended for anyone under 16. Please note that in case of any medical emergency the nearest hospital is in Northwest Portland (Legacy Good Samaritan) and that's where local ambulances go. There is an urgent care clinic in downtown St. Helens that can handle almost all but severe injuries, however. The only bike shop in St. Helens is Barlow Bikes on Highway 30 between Columbia Boulevard and Sykes Road. Columbia County Rider public transit service operates a few runs between St. Helens (Highway 30/Gable Road at Rite Aid) and downtown Portland (SW Salmon & 6th) on Saturdays. Each bus has a rack for two bikes. The fare is $6 one way, exact cash only.