The rain and potential police action may have kept some people away from the Tuesday Night Bike Ride — including the police.
Although the police were invited and said they would attend the ride to talk to the group they didn’t show, but between 75-100 cyclists did.
Bike ambassador Colin Holmes and longtime Tuesday night biker Karl Goranowski, who went on some of the original Tuesday rides, addressed the group before the ride.
Holmes and Goranowski asked the group to try to be more respectful of the laws and drivers on the road to avoid having more police intervention in the ride.
Frequent Tuesday night rider Wes Shull said before the ride that he thought the police department’s concerns about drivers having to wait were overblown.
“Yeah we should all share the road, but there are 200 of us and one of them,” Shull said. “They can’t wait a few minutes?”
Goranowski, who led the ride, said he is a pessimist and didn’t think trying to slow the ride down and get riders to obey the laws would work.
Shull said he had mixed feeling about the ride.
In some ways it was better than the last couple times, more controlled, more sane,” Shull said.
The ride was much more reserved and took roads with lower traffic including; Mountain, Blacklidge, Treat and Elm. The overall speeds were much lower and the group waited for riders to catch up when they were caught by a light.
Twice during the ride, most cyclists dismounted at pedestrian signals to walk their bikes across, something Shull said he thought was overkill.
“Yeah, that’s the law, but in a lot of those places there is just no good legal way to get a bunch of people across in one cycle.
Shull said if the goal is to minimize traffic disruption riding across the intersection makes more sense.
Goranowski said he recognizes the ride was slower and the walking across intersections is extreme, but he wanted to make a point that the ride could still be fun when the group slows down and follows the rules.
Shull said he hopes the ride finds a middle ground between total chaos and strict compliance.
“We need to achieve a balance,” Schull said. We over-corrected this time.”