On my way past Government Center, I saw a bunch of bikers and a couple of team cars, so I took a detour to check out what was going on:
Turns out that this is the start of the Ride on Washington
and all these folks were getting ready to start off to DC
|Nicole, the Bike czar in orange jacket on left|
|I like the idea that someone might do the whole ride on a hubway :)|
They're raising money for a good cause, but it's not my scene really, and I felt a bit out of place just wandering through. One of the security guards asked me jokingly if I were riding with the group. In my skirt and stockings and upright bike with basket I was obviously not going along. Although I read that they're going to get a bunch of people on bikeshare bikes to ride along with them for the final miles, which I personally think is a more effective advocacy message than just a bunch of guys in spandex.
I've always liked the idea of charity & advocacy rides to generate interest and raise awareness. But I've always been a little dismayed by their reliance upon the kitted road cycling set, as if eh are the only ones able to ride a distance.ReplyDelete
Why can't we have a similar ride to raise the awareness of urban cyclists? If we took all day, riding casually and comfortably, we could cover 50-70 miles in a day with plenty of stops. This could be done on a three-speed, Dutch cruiser, Brompton, or even a Hubway bike. Take a full week, ride smack dab through the middle of the big cities. We could even take the commuter rail to shorten the total distance, which would illustrate how important multi-modal travel is for urban cyclists. Gee, this is sounding a lot like a Dutch or Danish biking vacation!
I agree with you and think that tweed rides and other social rides like the Christmas Lights ride are good alternatives to spandex kitted events. This ride was a bit different in that it's 20 invited riders and I got the impression that they're really going to move fast.
But we should totally get a group together to ride the Bike the Hub in normal clothes- not tweed ride costumes or spandex kit, but just normal whatever you would wear on a Saturday running errands.
NO WAY!!!! One of our D.C. cycling buddies/commuters is in your set! How funny! I'm not a huge spandex kit person, but hey, to each their own. Wow, still can't believe you intersected with him.ReplyDelete
Ack. Forget the Spandex, shield my eyes from the Brutalist architecture. ;)ReplyDelete
For a second there I thought that was the J. Edgar Hoover building and I was confused, as that would have meant they were already in DC.