On Wednesday, July 27 cyclists gathered at Broad St. & Cheltenham Ave. to ride down Broad St to the Wells Fargo Center for a non-partisan/non-political bicycle ride, a ten mile ride. Courtesy of Philadelphia’s Queen of the large scale group rides, Alexandria Schneider, Who last year led 3000 cyclists through Center City for the PopeRide and Philly Naked Bike Ride Organizer Maria Lily
Despite the weather and the steady climb you have to make out of Philadelphia I made it to the start. By the time the ride departed my estimate was 150 cyclists had left the starting point. Along the way as we passed through halfway point at Dillworth Plaza we picked up several hundred more. I’m sure someone will make an official estimate, but suffice to say a very large number of people arrived at Wells Fargo.
RideDNC was non-partisan, so it brought out cyclists of all races and ages. Fat bikes and road bikes mingled with mountain bikes, cruisers, and hybrids, even Indego bikes were spotted.
People rode in everything from full lycra road kits to shorts and t-shirts.
Guest appearances included:
A frequent rider with many of Philadelphia's night rides, known for his banana costume.
Philadelphia's Pedal Power Divas
One of the most distinct sights was Philadelphia's Kidical Mass, who organize group rides for families with children. As wagon train of cargo bikes carrying children departed from the Wells Fargo Center covered in lights.
I don't know when Alexandria Schneider's next ride or what the theme will be. But I can't wait. So if you want to be alerted for the next ride, make sure to like Open Ride Philly (https://www.facebook.com/openridephl/).