If the Bike Happening is to survive a different attitude towards personal responsibilities and group self-policing must take hold.

In the six plus years that the BH has existed there have been a few people that have made significant contributions towards keeping this ride alive. They have attempted to keep this ride lawful and enjoyable. Announcements have been made, flyers and bike lights have been passed out, and attempts have been made on the ride to remind everyone of the SLOPD’s simple requests. They have arranged where the ride would end and cleaned up afterwards. Now that the ride consistently draws out 300 to 500 people those who have been carrying the torch feel more like den mothers then happy participants. THIS MUST CHANGE.

The Bike Happening is all about having fun and having a positive impact on our community. Now is the time for YOU to step up and help make that happen. YOU can start by doing the following:

When you see someone riding unlawfully you need to help inform that person what they are doing wrong.
If you see someone littering you need to help that person see how they are jeopardizing this event.
If you see anything left behind, you need to not walk away thinking someone else will clean up.
If you are not willing to do things like this, then you are no longer welcome on this ride.


  1. Guinness said,

    October 8, 2006 @ 2:46 pm

    sigh….thanks to everone who DID pick up after themselves, who DID respond to the “den mothers” and DID work to make the ride their own (i.e. all the folks who helped cork lights and intersections to keep the crowd together…and the kids who stopped tearing through the bushes at the end of the line when I explained the damage they were doing.)

    We’ll keep spreading the word to be good kids and respect the awesome community that spawns wonderful things like the Happening.

  2. rollerdame said,

    October 8, 2006 @ 3:04 pm

    CHEERS! to the fathers of the Hapnin. Thanks for all the organization and effort you put into our community of fun lovin, bike ridin kids. I believe the dia de los muertes will rebirth the responsibility we all have to this amazing event we look forwrd to every month. : )

  3. Yardsale said,

    October 9, 2006 @ 9:16 am

    Thank you Guinness for the reminder that the majority of the folks on the ride DO make an effort to be responsible. That must not be forgotten.

    This weekend at the Jade Festival in Big Sur an announcement was made that made me think of the attitute we are trying to promote. The announcer said, “Please pick up after yourselves and after those who’s attention did not meet their intentions.”

  4. Trog said,

    October 10, 2006 @ 5:13 pm

    When people learn what the ride is really about the response is fantastic. Spread the word…

  5. Yardsale said,

    October 25, 2006 @ 8:57 am

    Since we were booted from the “End of the Line” Cafe by the SLOPD I don’t think we are taking Sumo there this month. But that doesn’t mean we haven’t found another place to form a ring and throw two people on bikes in the middle. So keep your heads up on the next ride to find out where we are headed.

    Places we can go to play Sumo are becoming more and more difficult to find. Please be concious of the past issues of noise and trash and the like where ever we go.

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