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19th annual Bridge Pedal

Photo Credit: PHOTOS COURTESY OF PROVIDENCE HEALTH AND SERVICES - More than 18,000 people are expected to participate Aug. 10 in the 19th Providence Bridge Pedal, the second-largest community bike ride in the country.The 20th Providence Bridge Pedal will be something special, as bicycle riders

will be able to use the new Tilikum Crossing bridge for the first time.

But, that’s next year — Aug. 9, 2015.

Riders tackle Portland’s streets and bridges in the 19th version of the country’s second-largest community bicycle ride — the five rides begin on Southwest Naito Parkway in the wee hours of Sunday, Aug. 10, and also end on Naito Parkway.

If spots remain in the rides, registration for individuals and teams will be open through pedal day,

online at providencebridge pedal.org, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8 and 9, at Portland-area REI stores and 6:30 to 9 a.m. day-of-event at Southwest Naito Parkway and Pine Street (Fremont Express registration, 5:30 to 6:30 a.m. at Red Cross parking lot, North Vancouver and Cook streets).

Other happenings:

Providence Bridge Pedal riders can cross as many as 10 bridges, including the Fremont (left); the Fremont Express ride is 36 miles long.• There’ll be views of Tilikum Crossing, “Bridge of the People,” from the Marquam Bridge.

• The 36-mile ride Fremont Express allows cyclists to get ahead of the crowd — and ride longer — while enjoying the sunrise.

• Children 12 years and younger ride free.

• Registered riders get free admission to The Bite of Oregon at Waterfront Park. (It hasn’t rained on the previous 18 pedal days, by the way).

• The Fremont Express, 10-, eight- and six-bridge rides, and Kids Pedal are offered for cyclists — Fremont Express starts at 6:45 a.m. and the 10-bridge ride soon after. Noncyclists can take part in the Bridge Stride 5-mile walk over the Steel Bridge and top deck of Fremont Bridge.

• More than 18,000 people are expected to participate. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Providence’s Healthy ‘n Fit pediatric weight management program, an eight-week program that teaches kids ages 8 to 15 the importance of good nutrition and physical activity.

• The free Providence Bridge Pedal Health and Wellness Expo takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at Northwest 14th Avenue and Johnson Street (next to REI).

For more info: www.providencebridgepedal.org.