As the evenings get colder, the nights longer, and the ride more smaller and intimate, its a good time to reflect on what a great year Bike Party enjoyed in 2014.
As one comment to the San Jose Metro weekly newspaper put it “San Jose Bike Party is better now than it has ever been before! Better dancing, better food and less of the negative bad elements.” Yes, we couldn’t agree more.
Here is a list of changes and improvements in 2014.
- This year we were happy to bring back the second ride with the Lord Mayor of Dublin Ireland as wells as partnering with the city of San Jose on a Bollywood Bike Party to celebrate our sister city relationship with Pune, India.
Ceremonial Coin Toss at Earthquakes game on Great American Litter Pick up Day.
This year we also engage our volunteer and riders to participate in the Great American Litter Pickup with the City of San Jose Environmental Services Department. San Jose Bike Party was invited to the Earthquakes vs. Chivas game to participate in the ceremonial coin toss to highlight our work cleaning downtown and near Guadalupe Creek.
- On our October ride (Aliens vs. Monsters) we had a great time dancing on the world’s largest permanent outdoor Monopoly board. When we found out that the non -profit organization who manages and maintains the area (no the city doesn’t do it) had just posted a Kickstarter campaign, well we not only contributed but we help spread the word to all of you. Within the days the project was fully funded. Thank you.
Some of the participants in this years Turning Wheels 4 Kids Big Bike Build Off.
This year SJBP sponsored three teams at Turning Wheels 4 Kids, the huge effort to get about 2,300 newly built bikes under the trees of needy South Bay area children.
- We also teamed up with the newly formed East San Jose Bike Coop in sponsoring a feeder ride on our monthly outings. The ride will originate in East San Jose and involve local youth and their parents in a program to ride safe and promote the use of lights and helmets. Look for them on future rides.
- San Jose Kidz Bike Party, a ride for families with children able to handle a three mile ride (6-10 years of age) has also added rides for older children with rides from four to seven miles. We also continued to have an early evening ride during December to go out and see Christmas lights by bike.
Another dance filled evening.
And as many of you know. The fun part of Bike Party just got better. We now have more synchronized music bikes with a dedicated dance floor each month complete with a DJ, Lazer lights, smoke machines, and some great beats. The folks that bring you the beats do it with their own time and money so don’t forget to thank them. We try to have a theme inspired playlist during the ride and a dance inspired playlist at regroups.
- The list of the number of bike parties worldwide just keeps growing. This year Akron, Ohio was added to the list. This in addition to other cities such as Boston, Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia and San Diego.
So thanks to all of you who make San Jose Bike Party fun, safe, and social. Here’s to a great 2015.
San Jose Kidz Bike Party Summer Ride at Selma Olinder Park
San Jose Kidz Bike Party – Xmas lights ride. Photo: Christina Felix
Ugly Sweaters and Holiday Lights Ride Photo Booth. Photo: Jarek Azevedo
Setting up the Monopoly Board for Dancing. Photo: Jarek Azevedo
DJ Live brings the beats on an impromptu flatbed trailer. Photo: Jarek Azevedo
Dead Presidents Ride lights up the night. Photo: Jarek Azevedo
We ride as one
Ugly Sweaters and Holiday Lights Ride
Join us for our last ride of the season as we don our ugly sweaters and view the San Jose’s beautiful holiday lights.
The chance of rain should be reduced by ride time. Good thing cuz we’re riding through some great neighborhoods for lights. We’ll start by riding through the Rose Garden area, Shasta Hanchett, with a break at San Jose City College and then on to Willow Glen.
There will be food, fun, Christmas Carol Karaoke, a photo booth and of course lights, a covered dance floor, and a sound system that will rock the house. Wear you ugly sweater and get your picture taken at the photo booth.
So join us for the fun. 2014, our seventh year has been a blast.
Remember, Santa knows if you’ve been bad or good so let’s follow the Bike Party Rules:
• Stay right
• Stop at lights
• Ride straight
• Don’t hate
• Pack your trash
• Don’t get smashed
Turn by Turn Directions: Print some out and give’em to your friends.
Android App on Google Play
Interactive map (RidewithGPS)
This Friday the East San Jose Bike Coop will be initiating the first youth based feeder ride from the East Side. San Jose Bike Coop is a new organization doing great things incorporating safe riding and bike maintenance to middle school riders.
Let’s hope the weather cooperates but as Cassidy Kakin of ESJBC tells us they will be recruiting a large number of adult chaperons from the community to show young riders how to enjoy an event like Bike Party “in an safe and productive way. ” To encourage young riders to participate and to make the ride fun and cool, they will be giving out free food and stickers and will be bring a music bike to the ride.
Jose one of the many kids the Coop inspires by bikes.
Want to learn more contact Cassidy at ESJBC: shop at esjbikes dot org
Here is some additional contact info:
We are looking forward to next Friday’s Bike Party. Last month was a blast and this month the fun will continue. We will now go into Winter mode. Here is a couple of things you should know.
- During the winter months when the ride is smaller we venture into San Jose’s neighborhoods. Please respect the neighborhoods. if you have a music bike please respect the neighbors right to some peace. Also keep any of your trash with you or wait for a regroup. Please don’t trash the neighborhoods.
- Given that there may be a chance of some rain we try to focus regroups at areas which provide overhead coverage. So unless there a huge storm you can expect the regroups to go as any other ride: music, food, and lots of fun.
- Given the possibility of you getting wet, please dress accordingly, and get some lights on your bike. Have fun and be safe.
- And please with the decrease in visibility. Please stop at red lights and look carefully before entering intersections. Don’t do something just because the guy or gal in front of you does it.
So come join us for Dance, some holiday karaoke, our photo booth, and hot food.
December 19, 2014 8:00 pm
Mayor Elect Sam Liccardo and wife Jessica Garcia-Kohl ride San Jose Bike Party in September.
photo: A Boone