Flock of Cycles November ride.
[from my Facebook post]
It really helped to have a pre-set route. Even though I was stuck downtown until almost 6, I was able to jump on a P1 and bike towards the flock from East Liberty. It was such a cool sight seeing this cloud of tiny, blinking lights moving towards me on Centre!
@bear — pretty sure I saw you if you have dark hair and were driving a white bus while smiling
That was cool!
We had quite a few “beeps of support” from cars along the way, and the usual jagoff or two in SUV who crosses the yellow line to pass the group at a red light.
Thank you to everyone who came out to Flock this year. I am so thankful to everyone who rode with us. Flock would not be successful without all of you. By participating in Flock of Cycles you all are helping us promote safe streets for all cyclist.
If you are interested in Flock continuing during the off season let us know. Post here if you want the rides to continue during the winter.
I’m a noob, so I don’t assume standing, but I’d like to flock through the winter.
I say that because It’sAllAboutMe™, and when I have a ride on the calendar it’s sooo much easier for me to overcome inertia and put on all the damn clothing and get out there.
The question is always the weather, and my suggestion is: schedule boldly, cancel wisely. Probably if it’s flushy (a portmanteau of fugly-slushy) there’s room for discretion being the better part of advocacy, etc)
Great ride last night, thank you, and thanks for hauling the tunes (which I loved). If you want somebody else to take a turn hauling the trailer I volunteer.
Anonymous 11/17/2012 at 5:55pm #
Last night was my first flock, and I had a great time! It is so cool to with the tunes, and all the lights. Lots of people honking and waving. I had to peel off ’cause my feet were getting too cold, but I am up for continuing through the winter. Those of you who saw my bike know that it can do winter!
EDIT- It was great to meet all of you who were there last night. Top notch folks one and all.
Anonymous 11/17/2012 at 6:03pm #
Twas lovely! Let’s keep flocking and pretend that there is no off-season–“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the [slow, tuneful] completion of their appointed rounds.” Thanks everyone!
Yes to winter rides! It has also been great to have the route vary and be posted in advance. Love the tunes (but maybe minus the advertising?). A few years ago we did a night time ride with holiday music, that could be fun to do again?
Many thanks to the organizers. Nice of the Palliative Care group to give Flock a donation – that was unexpected! I definitely have relatives who have benefitted from the unfortunate need for that level of nursing.
Mr Marvy, like Joanne sez, it was a blast, and we should keep flocking till we freeze solid. Glad we could come up the hill with you at the end of the night.
Anonymous 11/17/2012 at 6:47pm #
I have a great time doing flock and hope they carry on through winter.
In addition to a very positive vocal reaction both due to the music and the size of the group, I have noticed a good many people taking camera phone videos.
At least to me, It is a good sign intrigue is established. and being casual paced It is a perfect ride for anyone to join in.
It might be a good idea to have a few people pass out information on how to do so and what the ride is all about while in route.
Besides that thanks for the hard work organizers and see you in a month.
Anonymous 11/17/2012 at 7:05pm #
I also had a great time! Big thanks to Pearmask, Mr Marvelous, and everyone else who helped put this together!
[also copied/edited from a Fb post]
I vote for more winter Flock rides. The Feb 2011 Flock Ride was darn cold, but pleasantly well attended, maybe 15-20? We ended up at the Schenley Ice Rink.
The point is to show others how to deal with cold weather and ride safely anyway. Cancel if weather conditions threaten unsafe cycling, but cold isn’t unsafe, just a factor to deal with.
Anonymous 11/19/2012 at 2:41pm #
I’d continue to ride with you guys in the winter!
Also, if you forget the audio cable again just yell out what you need. I think I had what you needed one block away in my office!
The more flock rides there the better chance I can make it to them. I vote for em as well.
Just wanna second what Mr Marv said – you’re all awesome, thanks for coming out, etc etc. Flock people are the best people.
I’m thrilled to see that turnouts haven’t dropped as it’s gotten colder and that there is so much interest in more winter rides — so watch the board / website / Facebook / Twitter for details about more rides coming up soon
Oh, and here are some photos from Friday!
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