WHAT: HALLOWEEN BIKE PARTY
WHERE: DuPont Circle Fountain
WHEN: This Saturday, 10/27/12, at 8:30pm
Have you ever seen a group of 125 bikers pedaling through D.C. at night, having the time of their lives, replete with glow sticks, a large speaker system, laughter and general merriment? If you have, or if this sounds like fun to you, check out DCBikeParty.com.
The brainchild of Hill staffer-turned bike enthusiast Lia Seremetis, D.C. Bike Party is an enhanced take on the “Critical Mass” concept—in other words, it’s a lot like the massive bike gatherings that have taken Baltimore, San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, and over 300 other cities by storm—except with glow sticks. And Music. And it ends at a bar.
ClotureClub tagged along for DCBikeParty’s October 10th ride, and indeed, it was a blast. We saw parts of DC we had never seen before (did you know there’s a Titanic Memorial?), made new friends, and became instant DCBikeParty converts.
“On our first ride, we had about 20 people. Each month since, it has literally doubled in size. We had more than 100 for our October ride, and are hoping to see even more for our Halloween ride on October 27th” said Seremetis. “The San Jose Bike Party was our biggest inspiration, since that’s where I’m from and they have almost 5,000 people.”
Generally, the “Bike Party” convenes at 7:30pm on the second Wednesday of each month, right in the center of DuPont Circle. The route changes each month, but the scene is consistently very friendly – a fun cross section of DC’s 20-something (and 30-something, and 40-something, and even a few 60-somethings) set. Attendees even get a say in the ride’s playlist – each month, DC Bike Party creates a new, public Spotify playlist, and posts it on their Facebook page.
Don’t have a bike? No problem. The Bike Party welcomes and encourages BikeShare users—ClotureClub spotted about 15-20 red Capital Bike Share riders on the October 10th ride.
The ship sets sail from DuPont Circle at 8:30pm this Saturday, 10/27. Ride ends at a secret location, where it’s rumored The B Side Shuffle will be playing. We’re totally stoked. Or, as Bike Party loyalists would say – “totally spoked.”
Oh, and PS – DC Bike Party is looking for graphic designers to help with posters and web presence. Maybe you’re interested? If so, send them a message on Facebook.