My wife and I rode our tandem (+dog) in the Long Beach Ride of Silence last night. Just like our ride in Irvine two years ago, we were impressed with the event, and we're sure that those who saw us were too.
Irvine has many more riders and a police escort, but our ride this year seemed more personal. Several riders introduced themselves to us (and our dog) and made us feel welcome. We learned a little about the Velo Allegro and Lightning Velo clubs. Before we started the ride several riders spoke of those to whom the ride was dedicated.
The ride through busy Long Beach was much different than our previous ride through the relatively wide-open spaces of Irvine. The shared lane along 2nd Street was a new experience, and the quiet neighborhoods were very pleasant. The dedicated bike lanes and bike stop lights in the downtown area were very impressive!