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Stars and Stripes Ride Information

Written on July 17, 2014 at 11:04 AM, by

Uncle Sam

We want you….to act responsibly.

Ahh…Summertime is here; camping trips, backyard barbecues, and biking. Independence Day has passed us by, but we’re still ready to celebrate the summer in red, white, and blue. So pull out your patriotic dress, your Uncle Sam hat, even decorate your bike if you feel so inclined, but let’s show off some color. Our monthly rides are held on the third Friday of each month at 8 pm. This month our ride is on Friday, July 18th.

We love summertime rides, and all of the great people of San Jose, but we always have a few people that ruin things for the others. Please call out or let others know of irresponsible behavior.

This month we’ve called out Uncle Sam on his big wheeled penny farthing to send a message,  “WE WANT YOU..” to act responsibly.

No fireworks, firecrackers, or any other incendiary or pyrotechnics will be tolerated on the ride. Any one caught will be reported, and photo or video evidence will be provided to the authorities. Be smart, be responsible, have fun. Now on to the good stuff.

Ride details  – Routes, Regroups and Directions – Available Now
Look For “Route Information” Section

San Jose Bike Party presents The Ladies Ride 2014

Written on July 14, 2014 at 9:21 AM, by

Ladies Ride 2014

San Jose Bike Party presents the 5th Annual Ladies Ride

Ride details and route to be released soon. Check back here for updates.

But here is what we have for now.

Day: Saturday
Date: August 2
Time: 5 pm

We are currently wrapping up the route for this annual ride but we wanted the ladies of the Silicon Valley to put this on your calendar. This ride is for Ladies only. You are welcome to bring along accompanied children who are physically capable of completing the ride. We do ask however that no accompanying males be over 14 years of age.

Please use this ride to make meet new people, share riding stories, accomplishments, and most importantly make new friends.

Shiny Side up 2014

Jessica O’Neil to hold two bike repair workshops

Jessica O'Neill

Jessica O’Neill in the Facebook Shop. Photo: League of American Cyclists

We are pleased to have Jessica O’Neill, professional bike mechanic, currently with Facebook to provide two workshops for women on bike repair.

We will be partnering with History San Jose and Shiny Side Up at Kelly Park to hold the two workshops on the weekend before the Ladies Ride. There are only a limited amount of seats available so register now.

 

 

 

Silicon Valley Bikes exhibitionDay: Sunday
Date: July 27, 2014
Time: Park activities will be from 10 am – 4 pm. Women’s workshops at 11 am and 12:30 pm
Location: Wetzl Room in the Pacific Hotel at Kelly Park (This is the same room as the new bike exhibition)
Two workshops: How to Fix a Flat and General Bike Maintenance.
(See registration form below)

In addition to the workshops their will be a bike show, museum exhibition, food trucks and more.

Jessica O'NeillHere is a biography for Jessica who is volunteering here time to hold these workshops. Thanks Jessica.

Jessica’s love for bikes started the moment she outgrew training wheels. As a kid growing up in the rural California Sierra Nevada, riding a bike was sometimes the only form of entertainment. However, it wasn’t long before she found herself going further, longer with each day. The sense of freedom, adventure and peaceful escape that rides provided are some of the many aspects of cycling that have kept her on two wheels ever since.

Eventually her passion for bicycling spawned a career that is now six years strong. As a mechanic and outdoor school instructor at REI, Jessica first developed her mechanical expertise and passion for encouraging others to ride. More recently, she has moved on to Facebook headquarters as a professional mechanic. When not working on bikes, she is teaching classes, leading rides, developing programs and organizing events.

As a personal goal to get more women on bikes, she also leads a series of women-only classes, rides and events that promote ridership through education and supportive mentorship. Collectively, her work at Facebook helps to shape a culture that embraces cycling as a practical means of transportation. Her ultimate goal is to help expand this culture beyond the confines of Facebook and into the greater community.

San Jose Bike Party and Bicycle Culture featured in Metro Cover Story

Written on July 11, 2014 at 4:00 PM, by

Metro July 9 2014This week San Jose’s weekly newspaper the Metro published two fine articles on the history of cycling in San Jose by Diane Solomon. Diane is well known for her first article “The Art of the Wheel” which was published by the Metro on May 1o, 2010. Although the article featured to young and highly artistic custom bike designers and fabricators. It really was the start of Diane Solomon’s long discovery of cycling history in San Jose. In that article she writes;

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Here’s some updates before this month’s Stars and Stripes ride

Written on July 8, 2014 at 11:46 AM, by

GiDM’s going north

GiDM, also known as Guerillaz in Da Mixx is headed north this weekend; riding with the Sunset Crew in the East Bay. Ride starts at Berkeley’s Ashby BART station this Saturday, July 12th at 6 pm. For those of you not familiar with GiDM rides, the rides are shorter focusing mainly on music and dancing. After a one stop ride GiDM rides park their bikes for a night of music and dancing under the stars.

Guerrillaz in Da Mixx

Bullet – Featuring Jake Mackey to be featured on July’s Stars and Stripes Ride

Were decided to give the DJ a July summer vacation. This month we will have a band in his place. Come check out the local band Bullet with Jake Mackey. The four man band will be playing rock to reggae and everything in between.

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The Summer of Fun Continues – Bikes, History, Racing, and the Ladies Ride

Written on July 5, 2014 at 11:26 AM, by

Silicon Valley Bikes

Silicon Valley Bikes opening July 27 at History San Jose in Kelly Park

How’s you summer going so far? Its been busy, but are we having fun dreaming up new ways to get you on your bike.

Well we’ve still got plenty of rides and events planned for you this summer. In a previous post (“A summer of fun, and this is just the start“) we mentioned some great rides and activities for the warm days ahead, but just like your favorite infomercial we just have to shout, “but wait, there’s more!”

Just one week before our annual Ladies Ride, San Jose Bike Party will be teaming up with History San Jose and Behind Bars, Inc. to launch this groundbreaking celebration of bicycle history in San Jose.  All events will be taking place at Kelly Park, centered at the restored Pacific Hotel. All events will be held in Kelley Park so check below for more details. Here are some of the events in store:

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Bikers as Makers? – Have you been to San Jose Bike Party?

Written on July 3, 2014 at 11:09 AM, by

Bike Party Lights

photo: Alex Stover – MetroActive.

We get some great feed back from you, our monthly riders passionately describing what a great time you had on our monthly rides. In addition to the ride itself, you give some great compliments on the food, the Raven Bikes, the themes expressed in costumes, and the quirky entertainment; such as the Silicon Valley Roller Girls, San Jose Taiko, and Red Bull’s trials rider Kenny Belaey.

But what we hear the most is just how much you like all of the lights and music. It was San Jose Bike Party that first strapped speakers onto some cargo bikes, added some amps, a DJ app on an iPad, a microphone and some VHF transceivers to distribute the playlist to other roving “speaker bikes”.

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Neon Rave Ride – Ride Reflections

Written on June 21, 2014 at 1:30 AM, by

What a night huh…The lights and the music tonight initiated the start of summer. Are you ready.

What did you think of tonight’s ride? The route? Too short? Too long?

Did you like the costumes or the sheer number of bikes all lit up?

How was the show? Let us know.

Neon Rave Ride – June 20, 2014

Written on June 19, 2014 at 2:41 PM, by

 Neon Rave Ride Original
Ahh Summer, the days are getting longer and the nights are getting shorter. Don’t let that dampen your enthusiasm for nigh time fun, let’s bring on the lights. This ride is all about lighting up the night. So if you got lights let’s see ‘em. Light up your bike, or better yet light up yourself, just make it bright and colorful. Let’s do this.
As always, San Jose Bike Party is the third Friday of every month. Wheels hit the street at 8:00 PM. Got questions? Like what’s a BIRD? What’s a Raven? Will you have food? All your answers are below so read on my friends. Read more

Summertime Bike Party Info

Written on June 16, 2014 at 10:59 AM, by

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 3. Stop at Red Lights. 4. Ride Straight, Ride Predictability. 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 to remind those who aren’t following the rules!)  Remember, you are responsible for your own behavior. All participants ride at their own risk. Stay in the Right Lane  When possible, routes take place down 4-6 lane streets. This allows for the use of one entire lane while allowing for cars to continue using the left lane to pass. This also means avoiding the right hand turn lane, parking areas, and the sidewalk. Image borrowed from the Midnight Ridazz  Image borrowed from the Midnight Ridazz  With such a large group, we do not want to tie up traffic for hours. Let cars pass in the left lane.  In case you weren’t aware, the sidewalk is one of the most dangerous places to ride your bicycle and riding against traffic is STUPID. We don’t want to see you get killed. Please remind your friends who may not realize they are risking their lives to get on the right side of the road.  Leave Nothing Behind  There is nothing that will get San Jose more upset than a trail of trash following our rides. Please make sure you throw away your trash at all points and remind your fellow riders that it is NOT OK to litter.  Stop at Red Lights  Originally San Jose Bike Party stayed mute on the idea of red lights. However, after careful consideration, we decided it is important to stop at red lights because:  It Protects the Ride!  The number one complaint from the community against Bike Party is that we often run red lights. Don’t give the city, angry residents, or anyone a reason to try to shut the ride down.  It Avoids Tickets and Avoids Wrecks!  We don’t want anyone to get hit by a car or have to pay a $300 ticket for running a red light. Be safe and save your money by stopping.  It Models Bicycle Community!  As bicycle riders, we need drivers to respect our rights to share the road. However, in order to get respect, we must also give respect. As such a large visible group, we need to show drivers and fellow riders how to share the road by stopping at red lights.  See how beautiful stopping can be?  See how beautiful stopping can be?Schools out, the weathers warmer and let’s face it; people just want to get out and ride their bikes. So here is some things you might like to know. But first things first. Here are the three main things you should know about San Jose Bike Party.

  1. San Jose Bike Party Rides are the 3rd Friday of every month. Rain or shine.
  2. Wheels hit the street at 8:00 pm.
  3. We announce the route on our website about 24 hours before the ride.

 

Summertime Rides

Summertime rides can attract a lot of newbie riders, vistors, tourists or just riders new to the area. Please show respect to all riders, autos, law enforcement; hey how about just being respectful and courteous to everyone.

Bike Party CoupleIf 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
3. Stop at Red Lights.
4. Ride Straight, Ride Predictability.
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 to remind those who aren’t following the rules!)

Remember, you are responsible for your own behavior. All participants ride at their own risk.

Stay in the Right Lane

When possible, routes take place down 4-6 lane streets. This allows for the use of one entire lane while allowing for cars to continue using the left lane to pass.This also means avoiding the right hand turn lane, parking areas, and the sidewalk.

Image borrowed from the Midnight Ridazz
Image borrowed from the Midnight Ridazz

With such a large group, we do not want to tie up traffic for hours. Let cars pass in the left lane.

In case you weren’t aware, the sidewalk is one of the most dangerous places to ride your bicycle and riding against traffic is STUPID.We don’t want to see you get killed.Please remind your friends who may not realize they are risking their lives to get on the right side of the road.

Leave Nothing Behind

There is nothing that will get San Jose more upset than a trail of trash following our rides. Please make sure you throw away your trash at all points and remind your fellow riders that it is NOT OK to litter.

Stop at Red Lights

Originally San Jose Bike Party stayed mute on the idea of red lights.However, after careful consideration, we decided it is important to stop at red lights because:

It Protects the Ride!

The number one complaint from the community against Bike Party is that we often run red lights.Don’t give the city, angry residents, or anyone a reason to try to shut the ride down.

It Avoids Tickets and Avoids Wrecks!

We don’t want anyone to get hit by a car or have to pay a $300 ticket for running a red light.Be safe and save your money by stopping.

It Models Bicycle Community!

As bicycle riders, we need drivers to respect our rights to share the road.However, in order to get respect, we must also give respect.As such a large visible group, we need to show drivers and fellow riders how to share the road by stopping at red lights.

See how beautiful stopping can be?
See how beautiful stopping can be?

It Gives More Time to Party!

While stopping at a light, say hello to your neighbors, make a friend, and dance on the street!There is no reason to be in such a rush when it just means more time to party!

Of course, if the police are blocking the intersection for us, follow their directions.

Ride Straight, Ride Predictably

When bicyclists are all around you, it is important to ride straight and ride predictably. Don’t weave, don’t make sudden turns, and don’t make sudden stops. If you do need to get out of the group, use your hand gestures, move slowly, announce it, and move to the right.

Roll Past Conflict

If you see an angry driver or pedestrian, roll past it. Don’t engage in shouting matches or violent people. Just enjoy your ride. If you see a fellow cyclist stopped in anger, remind them to “Roll Past Conflict.”

Ride Sober

It is illegal to drink and ride a bicycle. The law applies just like a DUI. In addition, many riders who are drinking cause bicycle accidents. They harm fellow riders and themselves. Not all parties need alcohol to be fun! Ride sober. Know your limit.

Leave No One Behind

When we first started the ride, we would stop everyone for a single flat tire or problem. However, with over 1,000 riders it is impossible to stop for everyone.

If you see a fellow rider with a flat, with a mechanical failure, with a problem please stop and help them. Have buddies on the ride, make a friend, get a cell phone number. Part of the purpose of San Jose Bike Party is to make friends. There is no better way to meet a new person than to help someone in need.

Also, be prepared when you come to Bike Party. Make sure your tires are pumped, your bike can shift gears, and brakes are working before you come to a ride.

While at the ride, make sure you or a friend has a flat kit and basic tools for emergency maintenance.

Communicating with Fellow Riders and Enforcing the rules

The handful of volunteers that organize the rides cannot be the only ones who enforce the rules. It is impossible. We need EVERYONE to speak up!

Bike Party TinaNo one wants to be an authority figure but the only way to keep this ride going and safe is to be vocal about the rules of the road. A simple “Stay to the right” is often enough to remind a rider that he or she is slipping. If you see a knucklehead throwing a bottle or littering simply boo that person. It’s called community shaming. When everyone participates, it really works.

 

A summer of fun, and this is just the start

Written on June 5, 2014 at 2:52 PM, by

Bikes on the Beach in Copenhagen

Bikes on the Beach in Copenhagen

Summer’s almost here and there’s so many places to go, so many friends to meet. We really are lucky here in San Jose.

We’ve got  our monthly San Jose Bike Party Rides, Guerillaz in Da Mixx, San Jose Kidz Bike Party, the annual Ladies Ride, Ride to the Starlight Cinema, Raven Bike Community Projects, Bike Parking at the Zero1 festival and at other downtown summer events, and more. Here’s just a sampling…

 

 

 

 

San Jose Bike Party Rides |
Third Friday of every month. Wheels hit the street at 8pm.

June 20 – Neon Rave Ride
July 18 – Stars and Stripes Ride
August 15 – Rainbow Ride
Join our Facebook page or Facebook group to learn more.

Guerillaz in Da Mixx (aka GiDM)
Selected Saturdays in the Summer (Ride starts at 8:00 pm until 3:00 am)

July 12 – Guerillaz in Da Mixx
September 6 – Guerillaz in Da Mixx
Join our GiDM Facebook page to learn more.

San Jose Kidz Bike Party
Selected Sundays in the Summer (Ride starts at 9:00 am ends at noon)San Jose Kidz Bike Party Logo. San Jose Kidz Bike Party Rides are typically two to three miles long on quiet neighborhood Sunday streets.

Children from five to 12 are welcome to join us. We hold a BBQ lunch afterwards and bring out the Ice Cream Bike just for fun. Come join our SJKBP Facebook page to learn more.

June 22 – SJ Kidz Bike Party – Ride in Willow Glen
August 17 – SJ Kidz Bike Party – Ride Route to be announced

 

Other Rides and EventsSan Jose Bike Valet

  • Zero1 presents the LAST Festival Friday June 6th to Saturday, June 7. San Jose Bike Valet will be on hand to Valet Park your bicycle. Look for our logo and yellow barricades. Join our Facebook page to learn more.
  • July 30 (Wednesday) - San Jose Downtown Association and San Jose Bike Party Present Starlight Cinema. “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure” at St. James Park @ 7pm.
    Watch as Pee-Wee Herman sets out across the U.S. on the adventure of his life to retrieve his beloved bike, which was stolen from him in broad daylight. This was Tim Burton’s directorial debut and a stepping stone for Paul Reubens and composer Dany Elfman.
  • August 2 - Ladies Ride (Saturday) 5:00 pm to 7 pm
    This ride is specifically for San Jose Bike Party Ladies and their children under 16. This evening ride will be fun and social.  Route to be announced at a later date.
  • September 13 (Saturday) – New Belgium Brewing presents Tour de Fat in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park (Starts at 10:00 am  and ends at 5:00 pm)

 

All this takes some work, but its a lot of fun. If you’d like to step up and say “Yeah, I’ll help out!”, please do so by attending our Volunteer Meetup and Greetup at Santa Clara’s Central Park on Kiely. We meet at 7:00pm on Monday, June 9,  or you can join us for a ride to the park leaving San Jose City Hall Plaza at 6pm. For more info see the event page.

 

Guadalajara Bici

Summertime shopping by bike in Guadalajara