About the BP Protest Ride

One-way Route of the BP Protest Ride

Portland → Port Townsend: Aug. 15 - 20, 2010
Port Townsend → Portland: Aug. 28 - Sept. 3, 2010

The 2010 BP Oil Spill negatively effected our world. In response, I rode my bike round-trip from Portland to Port Townsend to protest, to discover what it means to be green, and to see if it is possible (and worthwhile) to go beyond petroleum.

Going to School

I had to go to Port Townsend, Washington for a week-long college residency and then return home to Portland, Oregon. In the past, I carpooled or took public transportation. After the BP Oil Spill, I rode my bike round-trip and documented the journey in this blog/website.

Going the Distance

According to Google maps, the route was 225 miles each way with a mixture of highly trafficked and less populated roads. It was roughly the distance from New York City to Boston.

Why Ride?

I rode my bike instead of driving to:

  • Not use a car to get where I’m going
  • Take action instead of be angry or indifferent
  • Spark conversations about corporate power
  • Explore and discover new ways of doing things

If we don’t do something now, then when?


Each of us can create alternatives to what are commonly considered, “the usual ways of getting things done.” Have you ever dreamed up something and, despite resistance, carried it out to the end just to see what happens?

About the Spill

The BP Oil Spill was the biggest oil spill in U.S. history with more than 200 million gallons of crude oil leaked into the Gulf of Mexico over a total of 87 days.

About the Ride

The BP Protest Ride was an experiment in being green.