Friday, March 20, 2009

It's a beautiful day in this neighborhood

Look at that: 60 degrees today, and only a couple showers this weekend! It's, like, practically spring, already.

The last few days, my jacket has served mainly as padding in my bag. The air is warm and sweet, and what little rain comes! Invigorating spritzes that without soaking, cool the skin.

So where to ride? There's a Kidical Mass this afternoon. Meet in Monroe Park at 5:30 p.m. Revolution Cycles will be there with a Madsen or two. Notes from the Facebook invite:
We want our rides to be comfortable for families just starting out and biking on city streets for the first time but we don’t shy away from traffic just because kids will be riding. There is comfort in numbers, not just on a group ride like this but also in the day to day world of riding in the city. A ride like this is meant to help families feel that comfort by having a group to ride with and hopefully they will incorporate it into their daily transportation choice.

Some of our basic guidlines:

*Personal responsibility (obey traffic laws and no group movements through stop signs and lights)
*Have fun!
*Go get a treat (like ice cream)
*Have fun!
*Outreach to families via non-bikey means (schools, grocery stores, PTOs, etc.)
*A short FUN route that doesn’t involve busy streets but utilizes a mix of residential streets (hopefully bike boulevards or traffic calmed) and off street paths
*Some ’street presence’ so we are seen and recognized out there
*Get the kids involved! Have them do artwork, tell their friends, and most importantly- come to the ride! (we’re working to get a PSA made up by kids!)
Saturday shows clear, coolish weather from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; perfect for a nice, long ride. Greater Eugene Area Riders is leading a ride from Alton Baker Park at 10 a.m. Flat terrain and a food stop await those willing to put 30 miles into their saddles that morning.

Sunday, sleep in. It's supposed to be a cold, rainy morning. By noon, it'll be as warm as it's going to get, and the sun's supposed to fend off the rain until it sets. A perfect day, then, for an afternoon race. Oops, scratch that. I'll have to come up with something else.

1 comment:

  1. Hey Alexander, did you get that thing I sentcha?