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New Years Ride – January 16, 2015

Written on January 14, 2015 at 1:04 PM, by

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The Monopoly Board is back!

 

Setting up the Monopoly Board for Dancing. Photo: Jarek Azevedo

 

We had so much fun during October’s Monsters vs. Aliens ride that we decided to do it again and the famed outdoor Monopoly Board. So we’ll bring the food, music and the lights, you bring your dance. This is going to be fun.

This month’s ride will be starting in Willow Glen and after a regroup downtown we’re headed to South San Jose. The weather should be nice with only the smallest chance of some drizzles.

The Route

Music

We’ve got two DJ’s this month collectively known as Delete Yourself, but also know as David Bu Hau and Mr. Brandon. Check them out on Soundcloud. This should be epic. Happy New Year.

Be safe, legal, and courteous (more info below from  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.

Food

San Jose Bike Party Food Truck Cookies and CreamAll that riding can make a bike partier hungry, so here’s whats cooking:

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 circle prior to the start of the ride.

Ravens

San Jose Bike Party Ravens

Ravens rule. photo: Tian Harter

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 and they can’t do it by themselves. When you see any of them with a trashbag collecting your trash, please thank them! They are a really cool bunch. Please bring trash bags and help us leave no trace.

How We Ride

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

  1. Stop at lights
  2. Stay to the right
  3. Pack your Trash
  4. Roll Past Conflict
  5. Ride Sober
  6. Be nice

Route information and Regroup Photos

Interactive map (RidewithGPS)


Riet Aid Hamilton New Years Ride

If you are driving to the start please park away from vendors and our meeting spot.

Monopoly Board New Years Ride

Please be careful of VTA Light Rail Trains in the area.

 

Princeton Plaza Aerial

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.

  • Santa Clara — Offramp Bicycles —  Leaving at 7:15 (please RSVP in the comments)
  • South San Jose  — San Jose Bicycles — Led by Jones – Leaving at 7:00
  • East SJ — Meet at Mexican Heritage Plaza Led by East San Jose Bicycle Cooperative
  • Your neighborhood? (let us know in comments below if you want to lead a ride)

Vote for Spring themes 2015

Written on January 13, 2015 at 9:21 AM, by

Well it’s that time again. We need new themes to get the word out to the artists and to give you bike partiers time to get your theme costumes ready.

Yes, there are duplicate themes in multiple months. If a theme is chosen in more than one month we’ll take use the theme in the earlier month and choose the second place finisher in a later month. Thanks for choosing the seasons ride themes. Yes, a login is required to keep it one bike partier, one vote. In case you cannot access the embedded ballot here is a link to the form.

Here some artwork from earlier spring themes.


 

The New Years Ride – January 2015 Artist’s Bio

Written on January 1, 2015 at 10:01 AM, by

new years rideJanuary Theme: The New Years Ride
ARTIST BIO:

NAME:
Trevor V. (a.k.a. Anony Mowse or F2B – depending on where you find me.)

AGE:
If one is even remotely familiar with the works of Douglas Adams, or simply performs a Google search on the query, “What’s the answer to life, the universe, and everything?” that person will have a pretty good idea as to just how old I am.

LOCATION: Cupertino, CA

EXPERIENCE WITH BICYCLES:
I consider myself a casual rider, though I don’t own a car and a bike is my primary mode of transportation, which probably counts for something. When I was a young lad, I received a bicycle from the Boy Scouts of America for collecting the most newspapers (this was long before curbside recycling was the norm). Though a relatively crappy bike in terms of quality, it served me well for many years, that is until someone decided it was worth the effort to steal. I replaced that bike with an upgrade from REI along with a better lock. I’ve had that bike for over 20 years now, and it’s still going strong – though I can’t make the same claim about the lock. I do most of my own bike repairs, though I confess I lack the patience to true wheels. For the past fours years now, I’ve joined fellow SJBP volunteers at the annual Turning Wheels for Kids Big Bike Build.

HOW DID I FIRST HEAR OF SJ BIKE PARTY?
My brother-in-law is one of the group’s founding members. Let’s just say the Party’s existence and his involvement wasn’t exactly a well-guarded secret.

WHAT ARE MY THOUGHTS ABOUT SJBP AND ITS EFFECTS ON SAN JOSE?
I’m all for it. ‘Nuff said.

WHAT ARE MY THOUGHTS ON SJBP ARTWORK?
To be honest, I really hadn’t given it much thought until my friend, Katie suggested on Thanksgiving that I make a cover image, to which I said, “Sure.”

HOW DID YOU GET INTO THE TYPE OF ART YOU’RE DOING NOW?
First of all, credit needs to be given where credit is due. The cherub in this image was illustrated by a gentleman by the name of J.C. Leyendecker. The image originally appeared on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post circa 1926. In the original version, the New Years baby is wielding an axe. I reworked that image so that the tyke now clenches a bike. Now, that’s what I call “progress”. Like the cherub, most of my “artwork” is strictly Photoshop work. I never had any formal art training per se. As a biology major, artwork was never really a part of my curriculum, though I did take several art history electives during my junior college days. When I attended SJSU, I took advantage of the school’s student discount program and purchased my first Adobe Creative Suite, mainly because it was such a great buy. I knew absolutely nothing about Photoshop, nor any of the other programs included in the suite, but PS was the only one I really was interested in exploring. I tried Illustrator, but hated the interface. I stuck with Photoshop and use it to this day. I rarely do PS work for monetary gain, it’s just a hobby that I enjoy doing. I have a blog that’s mostly devoted to Doctor Who fandom. I’m one of the hosts on the Doctor Who podcast, ‘Wanderers in the 4th Dimension’ (available via iTunes). As one might surmise, much of my Photoshop work is Doctor Who-themed. That work, along with my other Photoshop hobby, ‘80s movies mash-ups (whereby I take two ‘80s era movies and amalgamate them) can be found on my tumblr. site (see below). If you like ‘80s movies, definitely check out the link.

CONTACT INFO:
Wanderers in the 4th Dimension podcast (available for free via iTunes)
TUMBLR:
www. trevsplace.tumblr.com
http://tinyurl.com/80sMoviesMashUps

Looking back on a great year. Thanks to you.

Written on December 28, 2014 at 2:22 PM, by

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.
  • San Jose Earthquakes Raven Bikes

    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.
  • SJBP Turning Wheels 4 Kids 2014

    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.
  •  San Jose Dance Party

    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

San Jose Kidz Bike Party Summer Ride at Selma Olinder Park

San Jose Kidz Bike Party

San Jose Kidz Bike Party – Xmas lights ride. Photo: Christina Felix

Ugly Sweaters Ride

Ugly Sweaters and Holiday Lights Ride Photo Booth. Photo: Jarek Azevedo

Setting up the Monopoly Board for Dancing. Photo: Jarek Azevedo

Setting up the Monopoly Board for Dancing. Photo: Jarek Azevedo

Photo: MetroActive

Photo: MetroActive

Dan Jose Bike Party Dead Presidents Ride

DJ Live brings the beats on an impromptu flatbed trailer. Photo: Jarek Azevedo

San Jose Bike Party Dead Presidents Ride

Dead Presidents Ride lights up the night. Photo: Jarek Azevedo

San Jose Bike Party

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