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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Best Terrible Ride of the Year

5.28.2014 #218n 26m
Started off the day in commuter-mode. Rode to work in one side of the campus. After a few hours, rode to the other site across town, and then rode home.

Drove out to the Ride Of Silence, but my poor bike-rack technique left a wheel dragging behind the car and by the time I got to Oakland, the front tire was shot. Stopped at Steel City Bikes, where they took good care of me.

The 2014 Ride of Silence was a more sophisticated event than in previous years. Two city councilpersons were at the pre-ride briefing. There was a police escort vehicle with lights and sirens. Cyclists help banners identifying bike casualties at the respective locations along the route.

This is the group crossing the Bloomfield Bridge.

At the end of the ride, Mayor Peduto came and spoke about bikes and Pittsburgh and plans for a complete streets program. That's an unprecedented level of engagements compared to other administrations

This was an extremely well run advocacy event, compliments to all involved. Participants included Flock of Cycles, Pittsburgh Major Taylor Cycling Club, Bike Pgh, Western PA Wheelmen.

The title of this post comes from Lucia, who commented "this is the most terrible ride of the year (because of the memorial theme) but it's the best terrible ride of the year" and I'm glad I didn't miss it.

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