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Breakfast on the Bridges

The last Friday of every month Shift volunteers serve breakfast to bicyclists on the Steel and Hawthorne bridges. Many bike commuters have come to look forward to hot coffee and delicious pastries on their way to work once a month - and you can't beat the view! Note, we generally arrive on the bridges around 7:00 a.m. and stay till 9:00.
Join us for this fun, community-building event. Stop by on your way to work, school, shopping, or where-ever you and your bike are going.



Free breakfast doesn't grow on trees! Unless it's fruit… We're happy to have the support of several local coffee and pastry shops as well as other food donors. And we're always looking for more! If you'd like to contribute to Breakfast on the Bridges, please contact us!

Recent Donors:

Past Donors:

Many thanks to these generous friends who make Breakfast on the Bridges possible.


BonB is brought to you by a team of bike-fun-loving morning people (and those of us who drink enough coffee to resemble morning people). It takes many hands and much energy to deliver breakfast to so many cyclists in the morning and we love to share the work load opportunity to spread joy. There's much brewing, baking, and donation retrieval to be done, but if you're not the type who plans ahead just show up and put your friendly smile to use- we always enjoy company on the bridges. If you're interested in helping out, email Capt_pastry.

BonB is planned and organized through the occasional meeting and plenty of electronic correspondence through the BonB mailing list. Maybe handing out breakfast before the sun comes up isn't your thing? We're always looking for friendly and creative folks to help find donors, pick up and drop off donations, and promote BonB via creative signs and feeding logistics.


Breakfast on the Bridges happens 7:00 - 9:00 am on the last Friday of every month. Well… pretty much. In the month of June we celebrate PedalPalooza by bringing you BonB every Friday. We also try to avoid major holidays (when people get to sleep in rather than commute downtown) by Shifting the date up or back a week (especially around Thanksgiving in November and Christmas/New Years in December). We also throw special themes into the mix like Superhero BonB in October and Santa Lucia on the Bridge in December.


We have two regular serving locations for your convenience -

Hawthorne Bridge: Team Hawthorne stations itself at the West end of the bridge (North side, westbound) where the bike/pedestrian lane splits. Great views of the river and Waterfront Park. We highly encourage moving with the flow of traffic to access the Hawthorne location (this may require going out of your way to safely turn around and access the correct lane).

Steel Bridge: Team Steel sets up just east of the entrance to the lower bike/ped path (north end of the Eastbank Esplanade). Great views of the river and downtown skyline.

Morrison Bridge: sadly, we are not serving on the Morrison Bridge at this time. If you'd like to start a Morrison BonB, get in touch - we'd love to support you!

2011 BonB's

The following dates are subject to change without notice.

Jun. 10th, 17th, 24thPedalpalooza
Jul. 29th
Aug. 26th
Sep. 30th
Oct. 29thSuperhero BonB (Hallowe'en: wear a costume, get a trading card!)
Nov. – take a break! you just had Thanksgiving dinner
Dec. 13th (Tuesday!)Santa Lucia on the Bridge

2008 BonB's

Jan. 25th
Feb. 29th
3.14.08Pie Day (Hawthorne Only)
Mar. 28th
Apr. 25th
May. 30th
June 6thPre-Pedalpalooza!
June 13thPedalpalooza!
June 20thPedalpalooza!
June 27thPedalpalooza!
July 25th
Aug 29th
Sept 26th
Oct 31thSuperheros!
Dec 12thSanta Lucia (Steel only)

2007 BonB's

June 15thPedalPalooza
June 22ndPedalPalooza
June 29th
July 27th
Aug. 31st
Sept. 19thBCC'06 winner breakfast, SE 25th & Ankeny
Sept. 24thSam's BonBikeway
Sept. 28th
Oct. 26thSuperheros
Nov. 2ndDía de los Muertos (Broadway only)
Nov. 30th
Dec. 13thSanta Lucia (Hawthorne only)


Tardy slips are often available for those who are running late. They may not get you out of trouble, but they'll probably lighten the mood. At least you wont be trying to explain yourself on an empty stomach.
BonB Superhero trading cards (on hand at special times) are a popular collectible commodity. You can expect them to triple in value over the next ten years. A whole set may someday go for eight times its original value at auction.


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