There have been people from other
cities coming to San Jose, doing bike
party, and taking back word of how great it is to their home towns. San
Franciscans must have been among them, because they invited us (San
Jose Bike Party) to come up for their inaugural ride. I was one of the
thirty or so SJBP Birds that took the trip. Never having been at an
inaugural ride, I took my camera to document the experience!
I know there were at least two or three
other SJBP birds besides these in the house, but I didn't want to
interfere with getting ready to ride. It wasn't that far to the park,
but people were doing a lot of organizing. Plus I wanted to hurry over
there. Anyhow, this picture shows one thing about them I really like.
I'm proud of how visible my friends are. The only one that didn't have
reflective patches was wearing white. Everybody has lights. Way to go
We rode down to the baseball stadium
where the party was starting. I wandered around pushing stickers and
hanging with my friends. (Thanks to Neal Morris for this picture of the
starting party.) All the time more people were showing up. Every now
and then a bunch of people would show up together. It wasn't that long
before we started biking. By that time I'd say there were at least a
couple of hundred of us. It wasn't long after that I decided to start
taking pictures of all the "birthday stuff" I could find.
Bike Party stops for red lights in San
One thing that I've long associated
with critical mass in San Francisco is Bubble Lady. She was there on
her awesomely pink bike. I don't remember seeing the pink goal posts
the last time I rode with her. When she is there there are always a few
bubbles floating around in the air. For some reason when I see one of
them I feel like Tinker Bell is going to fly up and pop this dimension.
Much later in the ride I talked to her. She said "this is much better
than critical mass." I was so happy to hear that.
We stopped in front of the ferry
building and danced and mingled for a while. The feel was "nice
party"ish. For a while I played Frisbee with the guy that brought a
huge bag of bells to critical mass one time. He had this Frisbee with a
light that warbled through the colors of the rainbow as it was spinning
through the air. That made it very easy to see, even in the dark. After
that I worked the crowd for a while. Then we rode on.
Rob was birding at this one
intersection. I just hopped off long enough to capture some of the
photons bouncing off the guy.
That tricycle has an awesome sound
system on the back. The speakers are those big black boxes that are
taller than the diameter of the wheels. He was playing really fine
music for the event to. He is another one of the people I've ridden
with many times during critical mass rides.
I think it was about this time that the
whole crowd sang "happy birthday" for San Francisco's bike party!
Going down Fulton towards City Hall is
really fun the same way riding a roller coaster is fun. It's even more
fun if you can just barrel through the stop lights and so forth. Doing
that in the middle of a stream of riders adds a dimension. Rolling
through an intersection you can look for traffic and yell "CLEAR" if
there is none. Then you see the next intersection coming and you watch
the people in front of you for a sign. I feel like I just floated
through four intersections without even slowing down much. It was
awesomely fun riding. A moment to remember.
This is the new
statue in Civic Center Plaza. By the time I got there it was late. I
had to rush off to get on the last train to Mountain View. I knew that,
but I kept thinking of one more thing I wanted to do before leaving,
like take this picture. I'd just enjoyed the ride that much.