last night’s critical mass was the slowest I’ve been on in san diego.
well, i was in the mid-back for most of the ride, so that’s probably why.
right before we were about to leave the fountain, my friend noticed a fixie kid had a flat and changed it for him. everyone was watching.
so we ended up being in the rear, missing our chance (and my plan) to be in the front and lead everyone on a better route up Park Blvd and to El Cajon Blvd or Adams Ave. :[
the “leaders” for last night’s ride, did, thankfully, go on a little different route. right on Park Blvd after University Ave. in Hillcrest to Downtown. some guy was fooling around and got messed up on the trolley tracks that run parallel on the street. not a good choice to go down Park.
in the Gaslamp, witnessed a friend get arrested. He wasn’t on the ride, though. heard he was trying to hi-five a policeman..
then the usual: airport, nimitz, ocean beach.
but the unusual: decided against going down OB pier and instead stood around in front of the pier for a while. like, for more than 5 minutes. doing nothing. no one seemed to have an idea of where to go next. This would’ve been a great spot to break down into “bike party!” too bad no one had an ample speaker system.
then finally started taking off again, to Mission Beach, and my friend and i dipped to get burritos.
heard that the mass went up the boardwalk to PB. didn’t seem smart in regards to what happened on the boardwalk last month's ride.
we went up mission blvd instead, to pacific beach, and finally found the new PB—Mission Bay bike-ped bridge! It’s lit up at night and really nice. There were families on beach cruisers riding around.
after Mission Bay, went down PCH and got to ride in the little section of new buffered bike lane by the Old Town transit center.
overall, an okay cm ride. ..even though i only remember one circle.. glad we dipped out so i got to find the new bike-ped bridge.
I am trying to get people to say HAPPY FRIDAY!*
want to help make critical mass and cyclists have a more positive image. so say nice things instead of the typical “get a bike!” “this is how you save gas!” etc. and when you say nice things unexpectedly to people who are mad in traffic, they may be confused. which is better than making them madder.
got some reciprocal Happy Fridays by people walking and standing in the street trying to record the ride on their smartphones. :)
*It’s tradition at Chicago CM to say Happy Friday! and it makes the ride have a much more positive feeling.