The bike parade today left NW 10th and Johnson after gathering folks together and having them pimp their rides with everything from tinsel to flags. The parade route was planned by the organizers and apparently permitted as well. I wasn't aware that it was permitted until near the end of the parade. I did notice the cops were not only NOT running into bike and then ticketing them with 'blocking an emergency vehicle' but they HELPED out by blocking traffic. Cyclists were allowed to ride through all traffic lights and even over all eastbound lanes on the Burnside Bridge. We ended the parade at the park on SE 20th and Belmont where we were treated to the performance of a drum corp band.
From a naked bike ride to teach-ins, there will be events going on to celebrate Pedalpalooza 2005 all month long. For a complete list of what's happening visit Shift to Bikes' calendar at http://shift2bikes.org/pedalpalooza/index.shtml.