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The Science Ride: This month’s artist – Andre Hart

Written on August 27, 2014 at 9:32 AM, by

The Science RideThis month’s artist: Andre Hart of San Jose
Name/Age/Location?
Andre Hart. 23. San Jose, CA

What’s your experience with Bicycles?
I’ve always been a cyclist, but as of late I haven’t had much time. I learned how to ride when I was maybe 4 years old. And I remember I didn’t get to start on 3 wheels, so I fell over a lot.

How’d you first hear of SJBP?
Well I didn’t hear about them, I actually heard them. I heard it coming around the corner one night and asked a friend maybe 2 years ago, what was that, and it was bike party.

What are your thoughts about SJBP and its effects on SJ?
I like the idea of it all. It’s easy transportation, people coming together. I also see it as a healthy cause. If this country needs anything, it’s to move more hahaha.

What are your thoughts on SJBP artwork?
It’s interesting. I love to see them do some sort of mural work though. Perhaps something that could share SJBP’s presence to more of the community.

How’d you get into the type of art you are doing now?
Haha well I didn’t. It got into me really. I am always changing my style, whether it be painting, drawing, or songwriting. I guess it’s just a thoughtless yet thoughtful process if you can make sense of that statement.

Where would you like to take your art from here?
New York, Portland, Austin, LA, Seattle among other places. I Hold no apologies for wanting to be a well known artist just as any artist should hold no apologies of the matter.

The Rainbow Ride – August 15, 2014

Written on August 15, 2014 at 9:00 AM, by

Rainbow Ride Artwork

When: Friday August 15, 2014
Time: Wheels hit the street at 8pm
Ride Start and Ride details: see below
New ride app link: see below.

This month the theme is the Rainbow Ride. It is our Pride Ride. Show some pride this month for others and for your city. Be respectful of other riders by following “How We Ride” and to your city by keeping it clean.

We have a surprise for you at one of the regroups so get ready to dance.

This month we are pleased to announce the following food truck line-up,

Start - Finish

Regroup1

Regroup 2

Ride Route (Ride With GPS) – Interactive Map
SJBP’s The Rainbow Ride Turn by Turn instructions - Print out and give some to friends.
SJ Bike Party Android App (on Google Play)

 

Showing some pride for our ride

Written on August 13, 2014 at 8:56 AM, by

Keep CalmThis month’s theme is the Rainbow Ride and we’ve been busy getting ready for this great ride. But before you get on your bikes, we need to have a talk.

We’ve been doing this ride for seven years now and  this free ride just keeps getting bigger and better, but with no budget and the behavior of some individuals, we are close to having to shutting this thing down or making it into a much smaller ride.

We are at the crossroads. Either behavior improves, or the rides get smaller, or we just say well, seven years is as good as it gets in San Jose.

Think about that; for the first time in seven years we could be faced with a Friday night with no bike party.

Given that this month’s theme has an underlying theme of Pride. We want to ask every one to have some Pride in the Ride. Have some Pride in your city.  Let’s highlight some of the ways that this ride has been jeopardized and to highlight our rules going forward.

  • Respect our volunteers; the Ravens (our garbage bikes) and BIRDs (route leaders at turns). Follow their lead.
  • Ride safe and with respect. Do not ever harass, touch, or hit cars and motorists. Obey all traffic laws and let cars pass whenever it is safe.
  • Excessive trash from bottles, cans, and paper make us unwelcome guests at Regroups if we don’t pick it up ourselves. For the last couple of years we have taken money out of our own pockets to clean up after rides, and we now have reached our financial limit. Have pride in you city and valley, keep it cleaner than you found it.
  • The use of fireworks, firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices has to stop. On one ride we spotted a 14 year old boy throwing firecrackers into a crowd. If any one witnesses activity such as this, please inform a BIRD (volunteer with a BIRD patch) and we will report that person to the police.

San Jose Bike Party was the first Bike Party and is known around the world. Let’s keep this thing going. We need you to get involved and we also need volunteers to keep this thing going. If your interested in volunteering email us at sjbikeparty@gmail.com

Rainbow Ride Artwork

 

The Rainbow Ride – What color will you be?

Written on August 7, 2014 at 10:13 AM, by

Rainbow Ride ArtworkThis month San Jose Bike Party presents the rainbow ride. Celebrate San Jose Pride and Bike Party by dressing up in all colors of the rainbow or just color up your bike. Since San Jose is represented by all colors of the rainbow we thought it was about time to bring on the color. So just to get you in the mood for such a colorful theme here are some rainbow inspired ideas.

Coincidentally, Akron Bike Party will be celebrating their fourth ride with the theme of the Rainbow Ride.

Stay tuned. Ride details will be published later next week. For now you need to go out and get some color.

rainbow ride

Rainbow Ride

 

Rainbow Ride

 

rainbow ride

rainbow ride

 

 Friday August 15th  - Wheels hit the street at 8PM
Ride and Route details to be posted at least 24 hours before the event.

 

5th Annual Ladies Ride Rolls On.

Written on August 1, 2014 at 9:24 AM, by

Ladies Ride 2014Ladies come join us for our 5th annual Ladies Ride tomorrow, August 2, 2014. Wheels hit the street at 5pm so come early (4:30 pm); get set up, meet others, and make friends. This ride will be a flat route of just over 15 miles in length with two regroups. The first will be at Frank Bramhall Park in Willow Glen and the second will be in the Guadalupe River Park on Taylor just across from the Heritage Rose Garden.

Ride start (Google map) – Back parking lot at Vietnam Town Shopping Center 999 Story Rd., San Jose 95122

Ride Route via RidewithGPS.com

Photo: Lady Fluer

Photo: Lady Fluer

 

Stars and Stripes Ride – Post Ride Recap

Written on July 23, 2014 at 2:47 PM, by

Stars and Stripes RideWhile July’s ride is in the bag. It was great seeing everybody dressed in Stars and Stripes, and Red, White, and Blue. It made a big impact on the ride.

Thanks to the San Jose City Council and Mayoral candidates who were present at the ride start: Sam Liccardo, Don Gagliardi, and Raul Peralez. Although Dave Cortese was not present he sent out the Cortese Team to work the crowd.

Also at the start of this month’s ride we featured and we hope you had a chance to visit San Jose Bike Polo at Shark Park. If you didn’t get a chance to stop by, these polo enthusiasts are at the tennis courts every Wednesday and Sunday evenings if you would like to give it a try.

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Stars and Stripes Ride – Ride Reflections

Written on July 19, 2014 at 1:37 AM, by

What a night for a ride!

San Jose Bike Party ladies

photo: Metroactive.com

Another beautiful summer evening in the Santa Clara Valley. What a nice night for a bike ride. Did you see all your old friends? Did you meet new ones?

How was the ride route and length? What did you think of the regroups? First time to hear our music bikes? How was the band?

Did you get a chance to stop by your favorite food truck?

Well let us know what you though of tonight’s ride. Let’s do this again next month. Shall we?

Stars and Stripes Ride Information

Written on July 17, 2014 at 11:04 AM, by

Uncle Sam

We want you….to act responsibly.

Ahh…Summertime is here; camping trips, backyard barbecues, and biking. Independence Day has passed us by, but we’re still ready to celebrate the summer in red, white, and blue. So pull out your patriotic dress, your Uncle Sam hat, even decorate your bike if you feel so inclined, but let’s show off some color. Our monthly rides are held on the third Friday of each month at 8 pm. This month our ride is on Friday, July 18th.

We love summertime rides, and all of the great people of San Jose, but we always have a few people that ruin things for the others. Please call out or let others know of irresponsible behavior.

This month we’ve called out Uncle Sam on his big wheeled penny farthing to send a message,  “WE WANT YOU..” to act responsibly.

No fireworks, firecrackers, or any other incendiary or pyrotechnics will be tolerated on the ride. Any one caught will be reported, and photo or video evidence will be provided to the authorities. Be smart, be responsible, have fun. Now on to the good stuff.

Ride details  - Routes, Regroups and Directions – Available Now
Look For “Route Information” Section

San Jose Bike Party presents The Ladies Ride 2014

Written on July 14, 2014 at 9:21 AM, by

Ladies Ride 2014

San Jose Bike Party presents the 5th Annual Ladies Ride

Ride details and route to be released soon. Check back here for updates.

But here is what we have for now.

Day: Saturday
Date: August 2
Time: 5 pm

We are currently wrapping up the route for this annual ride but we wanted the ladies of the Silicon Valley to put this on your calendar. This ride is for Ladies only. You are welcome to bring along accompanied children who are physically capable of completing the ride. We do ask however that no accompanying males be over 14 years of age.

Please use this ride to make meet new people, share riding stories, accomplishments, and most importantly make new friends.

Shiny Side up 2014

Jessica O’Neil to hold two bike repair workshops

Jessica O'Neill

Jessica O’Neill in the Facebook Shop. Photo: League of American Cyclists

We are pleased to have Jessica O’Neill, professional bike mechanic, currently with Facebook to provide two workshops for women on bike repair.

We will be partnering with History San Jose and Shiny Side Up at Kelly Park to hold the two workshops on the weekend before the Ladies Ride. There are only a limited amount of seats available so register now.

 

 

 

Silicon Valley Bikes exhibitionDay: Sunday
Date: July 27, 2014
Time: Park activities will be from 10 am – 4 pm. Women’s workshops at 11 am and 12:30 pm
Location: Wetzl Room in the Pacific Hotel at Kelly Park (This is the same room as the new bike exhibition)
Two workshops: How to Fix a Flat and General Bike Maintenance.
(See registration form below)

In addition to the workshops their will be a bike show, museum exhibition, food trucks and more.

Jessica O'NeillHere is a biography for Jessica who is volunteering here time to hold these workshops. Thanks Jessica.

Jessica’s love for bikes started the moment she outgrew training wheels. As a kid growing up in the rural California Sierra Nevada, riding a bike was sometimes the only form of entertainment. However, it wasn’t long before she found herself going further, longer with each day. The sense of freedom, adventure and peaceful escape that rides provided are some of the many aspects of cycling that have kept her on two wheels ever since.

Eventually her passion for bicycling spawned a career that is now six years strong. As a mechanic and outdoor school instructor at REI, Jessica first developed her mechanical expertise and passion for encouraging others to ride. More recently, she has moved on to Facebook headquarters as a professional mechanic. When not working on bikes, she is teaching classes, leading rides, developing programs and organizing events.

As a personal goal to get more women on bikes, she also leads a series of women-only classes, rides and events that promote ridership through education and supportive mentorship. Collectively, her work at Facebook helps to shape a culture that embraces cycling as a practical means of transportation. Her ultimate goal is to help expand this culture beyond the confines of Facebook and into the greater community.

San Jose Bike Party and Bicycle Culture featured in Metro Cover Story

Written on July 11, 2014 at 4:00 PM, by

Metro July 9 2014This week San Jose’s weekly newspaper the Metro published two fine articles on the history of cycling in San Jose by Diane Solomon. Diane is well known for her first article “The Art of the Wheel” which was published by the Metro on May 1o, 2010. Although the article featured to young and highly artistic custom bike designers and fabricators. It really was the start of Diane Solomon’s long discovery of cycling history in San Jose. In that article she writes;

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