Bike Race?

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I saw a bunch of people unloading their bikes at East Beach this morning, then at 1:30 several hundred bikes road by on Ortega Street crossing state street. What's up?

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SaraOh Jul 17, 2021 03:10 PM
Bike Race?

I just ran into them on De La Vina. Wow, they were disruptive. Mostly teenagers.

Always_Running Jul 17, 2021 03:17 PM
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There’re now blocking the roads around the rose garden with hundreds of bikes

Minibeast Jul 17, 2021 04:58 PM
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They "road" by. They're taking back the rodes.

SBSand Jul 17, 2021 05:07 PM
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Taking "back the rodes"? I am a firm believer that bike riders need safe routes but take issue with them making it unsafe for people to drive. It is the wrong way to get attention.

Henry Sarria Jul 17, 2021 06:46 PM
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Not a bike race or anything like that. It's called a "ride out" & these are organized by the brands manager from SE Bikes named Todd Lyons.
Todd used to be a pro BMX racer & dirt jumper & he ended up as brands manager for SE some time around the early 2000's.
The ride outs are supposed to bring the cycling community together, but then there's the local group of SE aficionados called the "SE Familia" & that's the majority of the ride out.
The whole "wheelie culture" thing was something from back in the day & Todd, who's still a damn good BMX rider, he gets them goin' & all, but the car swerve thing, that's just a ghetto thing that began mostly back east in Philadelphia, PA & NY, NY. Some call it "urban cycling" too.
Todd has tried to dissuade those doing the swerving to NOT do it, but too little, too late, this crowd doesn't listen.

a-1626597533 Jul 18, 2021 01:38 AM
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I appreciate the background and info!

d8vanilla Jul 17, 2021 06:56 PM
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It was really fun watching them from my upstairs window, zooming down San Andres street, going towards Micheltorena st. And, later in the day, I was down by East Beach, and looked like the bicyclists were there at the end of the ride.... Fun to see riders of all ages, even little kids on the back...

shorebird Jul 17, 2021 07:15 PM
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After reading about the road behavior of these cyclists I have come to the conclusion that they are not Rhodes Scholars.

ParvoPup Jul 17, 2021 09:25 PM
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Lighten up Francis - at least they didn't try to burn down the Capitol and overthrow democracy.

patrick Jul 18, 2021 05:53 AM
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I saw them assembling at East Beach in mid-morning, as I peddled by on the bike path. I enjoyed seeing the variety of bikes and the care with which they were maintained. I’d take this type of event over a motorcycle rally any day.

Ehdat Jul 18, 2021 10:17 AM
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Let me guess. The Summer after the pandemic, near-perfect weather, and bicycling at the most popular it has been in over 30 years.... bound to have something happen with lots of people on bikes.

sbalax Jul 18, 2021 11:43 AM
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We could hear the noise from the Rose Garden and then the sound of. one Police Cruiser. The noise stopped. A neighbor reports than when she drove by the riders had blocked Laguna Street.

PitMix Jul 19, 2021 08:56 AM
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Pain in the butt when you get stuck behind them.
I wonder if this would encourage SB to develop roads dedicated only to bikes except for the local residents driving to their houses? They tried to do this on Chino but the anti-bike people put a stop to it.

sacjon Jul 19, 2021 10:40 AM
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PIT - no one is "anti-bike," but rather just against inconveniencing and displacing parking for hundreds of residents solely for the benefit of the occasional cyclist, as I remember. As for cycling issues in general, lot of us (me included) who complain about the spandex bunch, riding 2 or more abreast and blowing through stop signs, etc, are not "anti-bike." We're just sick of being yelled at to share the road with people who refuse to obey the rules of the road.

PitMix Jul 19, 2021 11:08 AM
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Sac, the anti-bike people on the westside stopped the Chino plan, and now they are trying to stop the Gillespie plan that addresses the concerns of the Chino Plan. They are most definitely anti-bike until I see them develop a plan that encourages bike-riding in our mostly flat and good weather city.

I think the popularity of ebikes will help the bike program more than anything else we can do. Now everyone can ride bikes to where they want to go, if they have a lock good enough to keep it from being stolen while they are at their destination.

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