This past week the City of Pasadena went all-out with its Bike Week Pasadena festivities. This year, as in years past, the city worked with an extremely polished advocacy organization – a NELA-based outfit called “CICLE.org”. CICLE.org is managed by two hard-working women, Liz Elliot and Shay Sanchez, who have dedicated their lives to making the world a better place to bike.
Part of the week-long bike-stravaganza was a special “Ladies Night” event. Ladies Night was an evening of freebies and fun at Pasadena’s One Colorado outdoor shopping area.
Once we head about freebies and a ride run by the CICLE.org, we wanted to be a part of the fun. We were going to show up on our Flying Pigeons and our Batavus dutch bikes to let everyone know that bicycling doesn’t mean you have to wear spandex and a helmet! Unfortunately, sending our male mechanic friends – sweaty dudes with five-day-beards and grease stained t-shirts – just doesn’t sell bikes. To get around that, we enlisted the help of two newly minted female members of “Team Flying Pigeon” – a hard-core group of slow riding, fashionable, intellectuals (of all ages) who pack small stacks of flyers and a ton of good cheer on bike rides and at events around town.
The ride was a blast (or so we heard), the schwag was worth the train ride (Team Flying Pigeon members get comped for MTA train fare, natch), our bikes got some much needed public exposure, and CICLE.org put to rest yet another well-executed bike-powered urban adventure.