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Register for annual event that offers cyclists opportunity to ride on streets and bridges, Sunday, Aug. 14.

COURTESY PHOTO: PROVIDENCE BRIDGE PEDAL - Here is a great photo of what Providence Bridge Pedal represents, bicyclists riding over the car-less Fremont Bridge.Bridges and bicycles are two of Portland's favorite things, and it's no surprise why they are part of one of the world's most celebrated active events.

The Providence Bridge Pedal has been tabbed one of the largest community bike rides in the world, along with similar events in Montreal, New York and Chicago. About 7,500 bicyclists took part in the first Bridge Pedal — this year it'll be about 10,000 — and more than 300,000 have taken part in the 25 years of the event, cycling more than seven million miles, and walkers logging more than 100,000 miles. As many as nearly 20,000 bicyclists/walkers have participated in a year in the past.

The 26th event, which involves cyclists and walkers traversing Portland's famed bridges, takes place Sunday, Aug. 14. Online registration closes at midnight Saturday, Aug. 13, but last-minute registration will be available Sunday morning at the start line.

The in-person registration and rider packet pickup is Tuesday, Aug. 9-Thursday, Aug. 11 at select Providence Medical Group clinics and Saturday morning, Aug. 13 at Providence Park.

Providence Bridge Pedal offers rides/walks on car-free streets and bridges for all ability levels: a longer ride with nine bridge crossings; a family-friendly pedal that includes a thrilling ride on I-405; a free, three-mile ride for the youngest cyclists; and a five-mile stroll over the Fremont and Steel bridges for walkers.

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