Next month, Buckman and several other Portland neighborhoods will host the 10th annual Worst Day of the Year Ride. This bike ride will result in several street closures on the day of the event, Sunday, February 13th. Last month, the BCA was contacted via e-mail by Jensi Albright from Good Sport Promotion with information on the ride, including course route and street closures. Read on for details:
We are writing to notify the Buckman Community Association of an upcoming annual event that will be going through your neighborhood. This 10th anniversary Worst Day of the Year Ride is a fundraising community bicycle ride event benefiting the Community Cycling Center’s safety education programs for low income children and adults. The Worst Day of the Year Ride will take place on Sunday, February 13, 2011.
The urban course will be the same as last year starting and ending at the Lucky Lab Brewpub on SE Hawthorne, first going into Northwest Portland to the NW Johnson REI store back over the Broadway Bridge into Northeast Portland up to the Community Cycling Center on NE Alberta St, along the Alameda Ridge and over to the NE Sandy Bike Gallery store back over to SE Portland for a meal of hot soup and fresh-made bread. The 40 mile course option adds a loop from REI in NW Portland out to the Hillsboro REI and comes back on the Germantown Rd and over St Johns Bridge and up into NE Portland to join back into the urban course. Please see attached course map.
We anticipate approximately 3,000 riders to participate. We will release the riders at the start in waves over 2 hours to ensure they will be spread out on course and will have course marshals in place at important intersections to ensure safety and we will also have motorcycle escorts on the course. Please see the attached course map for affected streets and neighborhood areas.
The event begins at 8:00 am, comes back to the Lucky Lab by 11:00am and by 5:00pm will be cleaned up and broken down. There will be a street closure for the start/finish line on SE Madison between 9th and 10th from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on SE 9th between Madison and Main from 5 am to 5 pm. There will be a longer street closure for SE 9th between SE Hawthorne and SE Madison which will be closed from 10am Saturday February 12 to 6pm Sunday February 13th. There will be a street closure for the REI rest stop on NW Kearney between NW 15th and NW 16th. There will also be a street closure for the Community Cycling Center rest stop from 7am to 1pm on NE 17th between NE Alberta St and NE Wygant St. These are the street closures for this ride – all participants receive heavy messaging in the website, event flyers, emails, and at the ride start regarding respectful shared road/path usage and they commit to abide by this as ride participants in their rider registration.
There will be amplified sound at controlled levels at the Lucky Lab Brewpub start/finish line on ride day starting at 8am and finishing at 4pm, there will be a syncopated drum corps playing the riders off at 9am and in addition to the finish line meal, there will be an additional beer station outside of the Lucky Lab Brewpub in the closed streets to serve the volume of returning riders.
This is a wonderful community event celebrating the quirky fun spirit of Portlanders in winter and benefiting an important organization in our community – I encourage you to come participate or cheer riders on as they go by.
Thank you for your cooperation! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at 503/459-4508, Jensi(at)ORbike(dot)com.
For more info, including course maps, you can visit their website at http://www.worstdayride.com.