Lots of '70s bikes. Some of the shirts
were also throwbacks. This was the gathering of the preride from City
Hall. The real ride wasn't due to start until we get down to Happy
When we got near Happy Hollow we
started to see a lot of other bicycles converging on the place from
similar directions to us. I imagine there were similar things happening
on other streets to. Definitely the excitement of bike party was
I got one of those tie dyed bike party
It's a funny thing, but that guy in the
dark sweatshirt has exactly the same haircut I had in '77. His bike
looks like the one I wished I'd had at the time to.
Every time I wander around in that park
I'm reminded again how much that bridge looks like a metal rainbow.
Diane wants everybody to know
"World-wide, Saturday September 24th is the day to take positive
peaceful action to reduce climate change by moving without fossil
fuels. We’re doing it in San Jose with an all ages kid-friendly bike
party from 11 am to 2 pm!" We're still working on the details. Check
closer to the date for more information!
I was trying to only take pictures of
'70s looking people. I suppose I could disqualify that woman in white
because she had the logo of a European car company on her cheek instead
of a peace sign, but that would be too anal.
By this time we were starting to roll. I got to the first light and
thought "I've never tried to capture bike party hitting the road." I
pulled over at the center island and started clicking.
These people were following not far
behind me when I pulled over.
That's the tail end of the first pulse
of bike party hitting the road.
The crowd would fill in while the light
was red. Then when it went green they would get moving.
By this time I had the numbers on the
light. I knew which transition went green to yellow just before our
light went red to green. As it did I'll call out "get ready". Then when
our light went green I'd yell "BIKE PARTY!" in my loudest voice. The
riding would start again.
When the flow had ebbed to a trickle I
joined the ride.
Jackie was telling everybody "Go right
Somewhere in this time frame I realized
we were lost. I'd been just following the people in front of me, and
they were doing the same thing to the people in front of them.
Unfortunately about a dozen of them had decided to turn right an go
home, and they got a mile or two before they realized they were leading
a parade. There we were, in unfamiliar territory with no idea what to
do next. We retraced our route and found the ride okay. It was easy to
know when we were back, the river of bikes going by was an unmistakable
That mobile cooler was awesome. The guy
riding it could corner better than bicyclists, and he was probably
twice as fast as us to. He said his rolling chair, which he'd made
himself, would go about fifteen miles on a charge and could hold a six
beer. I think he designed it to take him fishing. I'm still figuring
out the URL that was on his seat. Let me know if you get it and it's
When we left the last regroup I rode
with friends until we were somewhere on Minnesota. Then I realized the
time had come to hop the light rail. I ended up taking the last train
to Civic Center from Willow Glenn, which connected with the last Alum
Rock train. I got off at Tasman and pedaled the rest of the way.
It used to be that the thing to do was
turn right on Innovation. There was a bicycles only shortcut that I
loved. Those days are over. The place (including a piece of the road)
has become a construction site surrounded by chicken-foot fencing. Now
we have to go around that fire station and those huge antennas, just
like the car people.
It really is easy for me to get the
rest of the way home once I see Easy St.