Riders roll over the Steel Bridge Aug. 8 as part of the Providence Bridge Pedal. (Courtesy Providence Health and Services)
Riders roll over the Steel Bridge Aug. 8 as part of the Providence Bridge Pedal. (Courtesy Providence Health and Services)
For the 25th year, cyclists claimed Portland’s bridges in a benefit bicycle ride and walk for Providence Health and Services. The Aug. 8 Bridge Pedal not only raised funds for health care ministry and outreach, but got 10,000 Northwesterners out for vigorous exercise on a mild Sunday.

After a COVID 19-caused pause in 2020, the day returned with longer rides across major bridges and a family-friendly course over downtown spans. Cars were asked to take detours for the morning.

The youngest cyclists, even some on training wheels, had a three-mile ride. For non-cyclists, the Providence Bridge Stride takes walkers for a 5-mile stroll over the Marquam Bridge and Tilikum Crossing.

As a precaution against the surging pandemic, the event was marked by masks, social distancing, downsized finish line activities and grub served with tongs by gloved and masked volunteers.

Part of every registration fee supported a mental health program.