July-Pittsburgh Bike Party, by Flock of Cycles
Friday July 19th
Pittsburgh Bike Party Picnic in The Park. Come out ride with us and celebrate Pittsburgh’s cycling community. Also if you want you have the option of bringing food and a blanket for the picnic.
We’re meeting at Dippy at *6pm* and departing at 6:30!
PLEASE INVITE YOUR FRIENDS!
–What is a Bike Party?–
A Bike Party is a welcoming, family-friendly, all-inclusive, FREE event consisting of a leisurely-paced bicycle ride (complete with music and mechanical support) and ending with a post-ride party.
The group pedals through the city at a slow, welcoming pace appropriate for riders of all ages and capabilities. You get a chance to make new friends, learn new routes, and have fun on your bike!
We’ll meet at Dippy the Dino (on Forbes Ave in Oakland, in front of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, across from the Cathedral of Learning).
We’ll meet at 6pm and leave at 6:30pm.
(Won’t be off work in time? We’ll post the route later so that you can catch up with us along the way.)
–How long is the ride?–
Around 8-10 miles.
–What’s the route?–
–What should I bring?–
Helmets. Lights. A bike to put those lights on. And all your friends!
–What happens in the case of rain/snow/zombie apocalypse?–
On the afternoon of the ride, we’ll decide whether conditions are safe enough to ride. Look for updates here, on Twitter, and on our website a couple of hours before the start of the ride if things are looking sketchy.
Will there be any podium girls at the end of this ride? ;)
It will be nice to see you all again, I miss all of you.
JaySherman5000 wrote:Will there be any podium girls at the end of this ride? ;)
We might be able to get Stu to wear his bridesmaid dress, if that would make you happy.
Nah, too hot for that sort of thing this time. Let’s do another bridesmaid dress ride. That one we had was in October 2010, better weather for that sort of thing. Also, I did have it on for the Halloween ride last year. Once a year (or two) is often enough for that flavor of goofiness.
Bridesmaid rides make the most sense on March 15. Beware the Brides of March.
I captured video of the ride from Dippy to East End Food Co-Op. Will post links when the set is ready.
It’s from my helmet cam, pointed backwards, so it’s sideways and features every head movement, plus has everyone’s blinking headlights, so it won’t be the most entertaining thing you will ever see, but since I have it, I may as well post it.
Here is the first one (of five), showing from Dippy to where we pulled over on North Craig after getting split at a light.
I tried to get a pan of the whole group at the beginning.
We need to get you software so you can change the orientation of your video…
You can do it directly in YouTube, I remember discussing it before but for some reason Stu didn’t want to do it.
FWIW: In Video Manager, click ‘Edit’ on the video, click ‘Enhancements’, and the rotation controls are below the video.
After I get them uploaded, maybe. It’s been uploading steadily for six hours and is only 2/5 done. I hope they complete by the time I have to shut the machine down to travel to work.
As to why I don’t: I seem to lose a lot of size in the rotated image.
Well, here they are:
Part 1, Dippy to North Craig
Part 2, North Craig to Friendship and Negley
Part 3, Friendship and Negley to Highland and Stanton
Part 4, Highland and Stanton to Hamilton and Fifth
Part 5, Hamilton and Fifth to East End Food Co-op
I’ve pushed the buttons to get all five stabilized and the first one rotated to be right side up. It doesn’t seem to let me do more than one at a time. I’ll get to the other four eventually.
They are all there, and all five are right-side up and relatively jiggle-free.
BTW, I for one really like the name “Flock of Cycles”.
Its true that people might not understand exactly what it means, but they usually know a “Bike party” is like Saturday night Carson Street on two wheels.
I prefer the name FoC over Pgh Bike Party, as it is only one change removed from Critical Mass, which it ostensibly replaced here in Pittsburgh. As one of the admins on the Facebook page for Pittsburgh Critical Mass, I get a steady trickle of people, new in town, who are looking for CM. I direct them here.
That said, I’m OK with leaving things in a rather two-named state. We can call it PBP, but the website is FoC. And as I’ve said elsewhere (and since the beginning of FoC), there is still a viable need for CM, even if it is dormant at the moment.
Heh. This Friday is the last of the month.
Personally, I think it is more important that the infrastructure for CM is in place than to have the actual rides. I think it is a good thing that a FB page is maintained. It’s there if it needs to be… like a bat-signal.
I’m not sure that people are necessarily looking for CM so much as it is a nationally recognizable group ride and a good starting place when you are new to the city.
In light of recent events, I am a little more open to having critical mass rides in very targeted locations… as much a protest as an awareness ride (which seems to be the point of CM anyways).
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