There's a Bike Party ride on Wedesday night
Grab your Schwinn and join up with DC Bike Party for a ten mile "Undercover" themed ride this Wednesday. Participants are encouraged to dress up in Spy vs. Spy inspired apparel: "think black and white, sunglasses at night, and fedoras." The route is top secret, but will end at Hawk n' Dove. Meet at 7:30 p.m. at the Dupont Circle fountain, the ride leaves promptly at 8:00 p.m. Free.
I've gotten several emails from people complaining about the bad behavior of cyclists on these rides.
I was disappointed with the amount of reckless behavior and antagonizing of pedestrians and motorists alike.
One person wrote about this video
You can see (based the lights in the background) that the light they are riding toward is going to turn red around 1:10, and at 1:16 it is surely red because the cross street's walk sign is lit. However, the cyclists keep coming and coming and coming. I don't really personally care about them blocking cars (I don't drive in DC, so it's no skin off my nose), but at 1:33 you can see a pedestrian blocked from crossing. Then again around 2:33-2:37 you can see a pedestrian wearing a red t-shirt in another crosswalk who is struggling to cross while cyclist after cyclist swerves dangerously around him, regardless of the rule that vehicles should yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.
I've not been, and it seems like good fun, but it's important not to let the power that comes from riding in such a group go to your head. The organizers, one writer notes, are themselves respectful, but they can't manage such a large group.
I like the idea of bike party, and I'd hate to see it get a bad reputation as a group of selfish jerks riding around and refusing to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians (or even drivers - holding up traffic that has a green light is not the Idaho stop).