By Leo Postovoit

This months theme is Under the Sea. Did you know that as you get deeper under the sea that there is no light other than the light you bring with you? There are many fish in the deep ocean that provide their own lights so they can see. Make sure you have lights on your bikes so you don’t get caught and given a nasty ticket.

We also ask our riders to remember the story of Captain Ahab and his pursuit of the Great White whale. To ensure that you don’t meet his fate please remember to Let the Car GO! and help the whales stay out of our Bike Party. It’s safer for everyone.

Be safe, legal, and courteous (see How We Ride!). We share the road with other traffic. Helping cars move through smoothly makes the ride more enjoyable for everyone. Do your part to encourage good behavior! Also, please remember to turn down the volume when riding through residential areas late at night.

Information on the route and more after the drop …

BIRDs

BIRDs are our wonderful volunteers that attempt to keep everyone on our rides safe. Please be respectful of their directions and thank them for all of the effort they put into the ride. If you want to help out and make your mark on Bike Party, please join the BIRDs at the volunteer cicle prior to the start of the ride.

Volunteer Circle

We will need volunteers (BIRDs and others) at key intersections, such as at a few stop signs, near freeway exits and before and in the regroups. If you’d like to help us, look for the circle of volunteers that will assemble around 7:30-7:45pm.

Ravens

Ravens are the elite group of BIRDs that make sure we leave no trace behind by cleaning up after the party at regroups. They are essential to keeping the party going. If you see any of them with a trashbag collecting your trash, please thank them. If you are so inclined please join them! They are a really cool bunch. Please bring trash bags and help us leave no trace.

How We Ride

If you follow these eight rules, Bike Party will be safe and a positive place for riders, drivers, pedestrians, and the community.

1. Stay in the Right Lane – NEVER ride the sidewalk. NEVER ride against oncoming traffic
2. Leave Nothing Behind - Don’t trash San Jose
3. Stop at Red Lights
4. Ride Straight, Ride Predictability - Slower Riders should stay to the right
5. Roll Past Conflict
6. Leave No One Behind
7. Ride Sober! It’s illegal and dangerous to ride a bicycle inebriated
8. Communicate to Fellow Riders! (We need your help in encouraging everyone to follow the rules!)

Route information

Parking

To make room for the festivities we recommend that you take a feeder ride to the start. No one wants to ruin the party by parking in the middle of it!

Feeder rides

Feeder rides are a great way to get to Bike Party They allow you to make great friends and get to know people who live near you. They also make it super easy to get back home as a group as most folks ride home with the group they arrived with. You save the planet and save on parking while getting a little bit more exercise. It’s all good.

  • NSJ/Santa Clara — Meet in front of Rivermark Peets Leaving at 6:45 led by Ian
  • SCU/Santa Clara — ??
  • East SJ — ??
  • SJ Downtown — ??
  • Campbell — Meet at Campbell Water Tower in downtown Campbell. Leaving at 6:45pm
  • Willow Glen — ??
  • Los Gatos — ??
  • Your neighborhood? (let us know in comments below if you want to lead a ride)