The stars have aligned in Philadelphia and the Oracle of Delphi, currently residing at the offices of the Philadelphia Bicycle Journal, has declared that Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19 will be the official Spring 2013 Bicycle Weekend. What does it take for a Bicycle Weekend to be declared I hear you ask? It takes a perfect storm, a combination of social rides and friendly competition.
On Saturday, May 18th the Annual Kennsington Kinectic Sculpture Derby at will commence at 12pm. The KKSD is not a race; it’s a parade with a human-powered vehicle that has an artistic theme. It’s about fun and ingenuity, making the most unique vehicle is the goal. Think of parade floats on bicycles, or mummers on hand crank driven pirate ships, or anything you can dream up. Award Categories include- Best Art, Best Costume, Best Engineering, People's Choice, Best Breakdown and a special secret judge award. People get to vote for their favorite entry at the event. Last year there was even a webcast option if you couldn't be there in person, hopefully it will be available this year.
The second half of the Philadelphia Bicycle Weekend will be on Sunday, May 19. The organizers of the Philadelphia Tweed Ride are organizing a spring ride. While they have not announced the details, they are most likely planning a Seersucker Social. Similar to a Tweed Ride a Seersucker Social has an American feel to it with a look that goes back to the 1920's to the 1930's. With a fashion style reminiscent of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel “The Great Gatsby”. All you need is clothing that looks vintage, it doesn’t have to be vintage. Watch for updates on their Facebook page or their website. There will be a follow up article on Philadelphia Bicycle Journal once the details are made available.