How did Portland mourn the death of Michael Jackson yesterday? By riding bikes and zombie dancing in the street. In other words, by doing what Portland does every night, but with more Michael Jackson songs.

Still, the New York Times (you're going to be shocked by this news, so sit someplace stable) was so taken by BikePortland's improvised cycle tribute that the Grey Lady wrote the bike ride into its MJ obituary:

Impromptu vigils broke out around the world, from Portland, Ore., where fans organized a one-gloved bike ride (“glittery costumes strongly encouraged”) to Hong Kong, where fans gathered with candles and sang his songs.
The BikePortland ride does look to have been heartfelt, and awfully charming.
feel free to send photos and videos along.
a moonwalk "Billie Jean" tribute will be held at 5 pm this afternoon in Pioneer Courthouse Square.