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What was bicycle event - Friday evening

Original post made by Alan on Sep 18, 2009

Friday at about 10 to 11 PM about 1,000 bicyclist passed by Charleston Rd. Does anyone know what event this was? Was it Critical Mass?

I heard one give directions to the others, they cycled up Charleston, the on Middlefield Rd. toward Rengstorff Ave.

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Posted by Kevin, a resident of Greenmeadow
on Sep 18, 2009 at 11:37 pm

Kevin is a registered user.

I was wondering the same thing, they went by my house too.

Posted by qq, a resident of Barron Park
on Sep 19, 2009 at 12:25 am

San Jose Bike Party

Web Link

PAPD was calling it "Critical Mass". That, it was not.


Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 19, 2009 at 8:27 am

I hope they all had bike lights.

Posted by qq, a resident of Barron Park
on Sep 19, 2009 at 7:50 pm

I'd say it was about 50/50 on the lights. PAPD was not trying to cite them however, just providing escort and traffic control. Was very nice.


Posted by Alan, a resident of Greenmeadow
on Sep 20, 2009 at 7:28 am

According to the website, they had 2,000 participate.

I like the idea behind it, and thought 95% of the cyclist were quite well behaved. I wouldn't mind seeing them come by this way again if they could ask - and likely only about a dozen did this - people not to put loud boom-boxes on their bikes. As someone with kids (an 8 year-old for example) trying to sleep, a bike blasting loud obnoxious music at 11 PM at night is no different than a car doing the same thing.

Could someone in Palo Alto, organize a family-oriented version- of this event? Something during the weekend that uses the Palo Alto bike system. Maybe does a small circle around the city. You could join the group when they pass by your neighborhood and then finish when the group returns.

Posted by Sarah, a resident of Midtown
on Sep 20, 2009 at 8:25 am

A family bike ride around town is a great idea. I think the PTA has organized something like this a couple of times in the past to encourage kids to bike to school. The last one was a few years ago, though.

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