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Old 07-15-08, 03:31 PM   #1
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Bike Friday RIDE INTO WORK WITH A POLICE ESCORT

I received this message as an E-mail. The URL is: http://www.cityofboston.gov/bikes/bikefridays.asp

Bike Friday
Talk about a grand entrance—you and a convoy of your fellow bikers all escorted into the city by Boston’s Finest. Really, how could you pass that up?


RIDE INTO WORK WITH A POLICE ESCORT.

July 25 and August 22

WHAT: SAFE, GUIDED CONVOYS WITH POLICE ESCORT Lead by experienced cyclists and escorted by Boston Police, convoys follow a fixed schedule and route and originate at locations throughout metro-Boston. All convoys finish at City Hall Plaza Boston.

FREE BREAKFAST, BIKE EXPO AND MUSIC Whether you ride in with a convoy or ride along, join us at Boston City Hall for free food and fun, courtesy of 100.7 WZLX, Mass Commute, Mass Bike, and all our sponsors.

DATE: July 25th and August 22nd. Rain or shine.

SCHEDULE:

6:45 AM Meet at convoy start. See locations below.
7:00 AM Convoys depart. See locations below.
7:30-8:30 AM Convoys arrive City Hall Plz, Boston.
8:00-10:00 AM Free breakfast & fun. City Hall Plz, Boston.



WHERE: Rides start from various locations in metro-Boston. Cyclists can join the convoy at start location, or at any point along the route. See map for locations and times. Police escorts only available within Boston.
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Old 07-15-08, 07:25 PM   #2
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cool!
don't think anything like that will happen here in vineland, nj, anytime soon. how did you gather support like this?
enjoy the moment!
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Old 07-16-08, 01:28 PM   #3
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Boston: where the only safe way to ride is with guides and armed security

Kidding, I might hop in on this because I'm a sucker for free food and will be riding regardless.
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I was thinking that it was more like a Critical Mass but without smelly hipsters ... though, on that note, it does look like the July date does coincide with the July CM, so it might be an interesting experience for someone to ride to work with a police escort, then ride home as part of Critical Mass.
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I'm all in favor of publicity promoting communiting to potential riders and reminding car drivers to share the road. Given gas prices, I hope some PR loot is saved for safe, secure bike parking at train and trolley stops.
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Old 07-25-08, 09:03 AM   #6
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Made the trip, snacking on a mini cliff bar now. My bike has been stranded at work the past few days as with the fun storms I've been running back and forth rather than soaking it. This morning I ran in early, changed and rode downtown. A fair number of people were around, including bike officers. Got a kick out of the several people who obviously didn't bike who walked up to snag food, oddly they didn't speak english when the point of the thing was made to them.
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