Introductions were made, and hands were shook, as many New York bicyclists met each other for the first time Thurdsay evening, ready to ride and participate in the Short Skirt Celebration Ride, organized by Mikael http://www.copenhagencyclechic.com/2011/06/short-skirts-on-bicycles-protest-in-new.html and spearheaded by Liz Patek (twitter: @bikepeaceny ) http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=178399668883814
The group began to gather around Columbus Circle about 7:00 pm, and as we shared ride details, we had the opportunity to chat, smile and laugh. One of the coolest things of the evening was that we were such a diverse group – with many ages and cycling experiences present, and yet all bonded so quickly as we rolled down Broadway.
““They say there’s always magic in the air on Broadway”, and there certainly was that night. People, who had only met 30 minutes before, had each others’ backs, if someone fell behind, or didn’t have their rear light on, another cyclist informed them, or the group. Safety first, was the essential rule. Additionally, when you are cycling, you have time to truly notice your surroundings, and can engage in meaningful conversations are just three of the reasons why it is such a wonderful, upbeat activity.
Katie (a photographer) and Chris (a reporter) from Gothamist (Katie with YoTom in above photo) both took part in the ride as a way to cover it fully. Katie’s enthusiasm and energy alone could have lit up the Empire State Building!