What a glorious bunch of holiday lights tonight!  Tonight’s ride might not have too many superlatives for it – it certainly wasn’t our longest or shortest in distance, it was neither the best-attended or sparsest (around 950 counted at Central & Westfield), BUT it was quite possibly the best received!  Sidewalk observers and passers-by were in fine form tonight, with holiday cheer shared amongst all.  Our ride encountered literally hundreds of amazing holiday decoration displays, including one on Glen Eyrie that included an entire brass band!  Neighbors didn’t seem to mind the traffic jam for this impromptu block party – this was a piece of San Jose community at its best.

Thanks to the incredibly thoughtful route planners and the many, many BIRDs who helped to direct cyclists at complicated turns.  Tonight seemed to prove that perhaps being a BIRD isn’t a patch or a qualification, but a job anyone can step into at any time.  Thanks to those who jumped right in where needed and helped make the ride great – THAT is the down-home Bike Party community spirit.

One reminder:  bike lights make an excellent holiday gift for casual cyclists and regular riders alike, and if tonight’s ride is any sign, this valley’s cyclists could use a LOT more bike lighting.  Remember, be safe, follow the law, and ride confidently!