Wednesday, August 10, 2011

It's a Happening: Portland Slow Riders

Portland Slow Riders is an informal group of bicycle enthusiasts that meet each month during the First Friday Art Walk. They gather at Monument Square around 7:00 – 7:30 PM and take a leisurely one hour ride from the Western to Eastern Promenade.

Each monthly ride has a theme so that cyclists can dress up should they wish. This month's theme was Roamin' gods. Music is played during the ride to add to the festive atmosphere, compliments of the lead rider's boom box, which is attached to his or her bicycle. It's a non-competitive ride, where the group's goal is FUN. And unlike Critical Mass, a San Francisco bicyclist group, whose goal is political advocacy and street disruption, Portland Slow Riders has no agenda other than enjoyment. 

Eric Enjoying a Pause 
As you ride through the streets of Portland, bystanders stare in amazement, clap encouragement, and always smile. BTW: the smiling is infectious. It's been a long time since I've smiled this much. It's a wonderful way to connect with the community and get a little exercise too. Check them out at Facebook. 

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