January provided San Jose Bike Party clear skies and a full moon while the 20+ mile ride navigated streets in South SJ. One volunteer counted about 1200 riders leaving the starting location at the now defunct Capitol 16 movie theaters. Even as the ride pulled out of the starting location, participants were arriving and rushing to find their friends who were waiting for them. Volunteers were very evident on this ride, posting up on corners, shouting out ‘car back’ or ‘move to the right’, and helping wherever it was needed. At the first regroup many people helped by bringing trash bags and staying longer than other riders to help reduce our impact. We can’t thank you guys enough!
Many first time participants were eager to give SJ Bike Party a shot and it was great to meet so many new faces. Noticeably more riders had flats this ride and amazingly even more people were stopping to help someone out, whether to inflate a tire or provide a fresh tube.
It was great to see so many people embrace the ‘orange theme’ and represent this by having all manner of costuming. Some riders proudly wore their Giants gear and others had shirts or sweaters or oversize orange glasses on. Bicycles were decorated and beyond the basic lights, we saw so many led’s and wheels that were brilliant and cool. A big shout out goes to the people who bring sound trailers or systems. This always makes the ride more enjoyable for everyone.
Please join us again in February and consider bringing a trash bag or helping out any way you can.
Orange you sad the ride is over?