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Santa Cruz Bike Party Love Ride

Chopper Dave and the Happening Couch

Chopper Dave and the Happening Couch

“Santa Cruz Bike Party seeks cycling sweeties for casual roll-mance under full moon. All you need is love, and a trusty bike. Throw in a cute date, or meet someone bike-tacular on the ride, and its on!”

That was the Valentine’s card invitation from the Santa Cruz Bike Party to all cyclists, near and far, who are ready and willing to roll. The Santa Cruz Bike Party is a fun community ride on the 2nd Friday on each month, featuring different themes, routes, and music. It’s a party on wheels and a great way for people of all ages to make friends.

This month, the 2nd Friday was on February 14, Valentine’s Day, and a full moon. Cyclists converged at the Bicycle Church on Spruce Street at 6pm, sporting red and pink on their clothes and bicycles.

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Pedal-Powered Revelry with Santa Cruz Bike Party

Riding and Smiling with Santa Cruz Bike Party On Friday, April 26, bicycle enthusiasts gathered at the Bike Church before departing on the Santa Cruz Bike Party, a mellow social ride accented with amplified music. Organizers say the event is “designed to build community, not to clash with car drivers, police, or residents.”

Riders had a great time traversing through Seabright, the Harbor, Pleasure Point, Capitola Village, Live Oak, and downtown Santa Cruz. There were approximately 25 cyclists, including one person on a customized tall bike, and another being pulled on a longboard. Some people branched off early while others joined the party mid-route.

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Aptos Post Office Jumps and Bicycle Valet at Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival

Aptos Post Office Jumps On Saturday, April 13, 2013, I volunteered as a bicycle valet for People Power at the 4th Annual Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival in Aptos Village, California.

Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBoSC) and FOX, presenters of the festival, describe it as “a celebration of the world class mountain bike facilities, riders, and industry of Santa Cruz County, and it continues to grow year after year with the generous support of its sponsors, volunteers, and community. The event’s success testifies to the depth of the mountain bike culture in Santa Cruz County.”

My time at the event was short, however I took the following photos of youth riding at the world renowned Aptos Post Office Jumps, site of the Pro Jump Jam, as well as the valet bicycle parking provided by People Power of Santa Cruz County.

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Santa Cruz Police Stop, Frisk and Ticket Cyclist in “Silver Level Bicycle Friendly Community”

Since 2007, Santa Cruz, California has been designated as a “Silver Level Bicycle Friendly Community” by the Washington, D.C.-based League of American Bicyclists. There are currently 27 Bicycle Friendly Communities in California, and Santa Cruz is one of seven Silver Level communities. Davis, California was awarded the Platinum Level, while San Francisco, Palo Alto and Stanford University received Gold recognition.

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