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Massive bike ride to come through Mountain View tonight
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on Sep 18, 2009
The event known as San Jose Bike Party will bring over a thousand bicyclists through Mountain View some time after 8 p.m. this evening.
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posted Friday, September 18, 2009, 2:39 PM
Posted by Roger
a resident of another community
on Sep 20, 2009 at 11:19 am
I was a rider in bike party. I don't agree with the "fuck the world, I'm going to have my fun", attitude, or the premise that the people of these communities feel this is the mindset all 2,500 of us have.
If anything, I saw this event, and the people in these communities, bring a sense or ACTUAL community and probably even brought some of your neighbors out for the night, for a nice bike ride with people from all over the bay area. No need for you people to sit in your ivory tower and look down upon the rest of us south bay neighbors. BTW, Both my wife and I have fulltime good paying jobs, pay taxes, own a house, and pay property taxes. We are what you might call "grow-ups" with "real jobs". I fully support the taxes I pay in our community paying to support an event like this, rather than line the pockets of politicians. This even isn't political, that's just a personal opinion.
This IS NOT CRITICAL MASS, we do not aim to disrupt, and block traffic, or assert our "we're better than cars" attitude (which some of you obviously think this is synonymous with CM, and that this is the goal of BP, which it's not).
Someone claiming that this is a parade, or that it should be insured, is a tad ridiculous. I believe our FEDERAL laws, written in our CONSTITUTION, give us the right to assemble. This is not a political group, but if it's a "cars vs. bikes" thing (for YOU non-bike supporters), than so be it. I ride a bike, and drive a car. I do think some bicyclists ride very dangerously, but I understand why they sometimes to do this. The point is if this even had to get permits, and pay insurance, and all riders had to pay fees it wouldn't happen (yay you win, but you also lose out here). So only the "Rich" can have their fun little snobby ass permitted and insured "parties", whatever guys.
At points where I was "breaking the law", there were cops directing us to do so. So debunk that argument. You may not have seen it, but there were police trying to get us through your congested areas of the city quicker, and safer (for everyone at that).
I wasn't drinking, but I know some people were. Some people need to know when enough is enough. I do have to say that I saw very FEW that reached this point or past it. Most kept their drinking under wraps, and kept their bicycles under control.
People leaving trash, I agree that was a bad aspect of this, but I myself through away my own trash, and even picked up some others. Just like out in the real world, some people feel they are entitled to throw trash out the window of their car. You can't really do much about it, other than pick it up, and make sure to let people know to pick up their trash, which BP does push pretty hard.
SJBP is not any one person, or group of people from what I understand. I am not a organizer, but I do support it. Good luck with your sue happy lawsuit.