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I knew with the recent article in the Inlander's Annual Manual, we were going to have many new riders. I did not know that it was going to be such an issue with behavior on the road. Even with my rather loud requests to maintain a single lane, riders were all over the place. There were several that decided to sprint ahead, not knowing where they were going, just to run right through many red lights. What's even worse is the few that stopped in the intersection in front of cars, and directed several other riders through a red light. The new riders, not knowing any better, followed suite and dashed right around them and turned at the wrong street. I did my best to tell them not to, but mob mentality took over, and the line of bikes continued to flow the wrong way. My usual stop at the fountain turned into a passive aggressive refusal to stop, and I led the ones that followed on a pretty swift trip down Centennial trail to Jack and Dan's.
Look guys, I can't stress enough that the FBC has worked hard to maintain quality relations with the city and they have been top notch about our little monthly ride. If there are those of you that don't care about that sort of thing, I'd rather you didn't come out for the rides. I'm counting on those of you that know how we do it to tell those that don't. I can't instruct each and every one of almost 200 riders every month.
If you have any questions, please refer to The Rules.
As for our destination bar, Jack and Dan's was a kick ass destination. Life got a little busy, and I neglected to find a destination. With a lot of help from Mark of David's Pizza/Famous Ed's, we secured the bar. There were plenty of people on staff, and plates of nachos were too big to finish. We will go back.
150+ riders; 65º and clear