Monday, July 17, 2017

Cycle en Couleur - Thursday, August 17, 2017

Didn’t win the lottery for Diner en Blanc?

Don’t feel like buying white clothes just for a meal, but want an excuse to get dressed up?

Don’t have a spare table and chairs to eat outdoors, but still want to enjoy a picnic with friends?

Then get ready for Cycle en Couleur.

A summer in Philadelphia would not be complete without the Queen of the mass rides, Alexandra Schneider, and her partner in social enhancement, Maria Serrahima (organizer of the Philly Naked Bike Ride) are holding another summer ride to remember. This summer it will be Cycle en Couleur. A celebration of Philadelphia’s spirit of openness and showcasing the city at dusk, highlighting community and inclusiveness with style.  

Styled after Diner en Blanc, but without the exclusivity and fussiness that comes with it. Cycle en Couleur (CeC) is envisioned as a 'spring fling' in late summer and encourages all kinds of colorful clothing. Attendees should feel free to wear whatever color they like and if the spirit moves them, to dress up.That purple suit? The banana-yellow dress? The powder-blue tux (with obligatory ruffles)? The red blouse with green tights? That outfit that you bought once, and haven’t worn again? Now you have a reason to wear them.

Departing the steps of the Art Museum on Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 7pm, Cycle en Couleur will wind its way through Philadelphia. In the spirit of the evening, the ending location is being kept a secret. Bikes, skates, skate boards, scooters, sneakers, all are welcome. If it's human-powered and you can keep up, you're welcome! Just like the PopeRide and RideDNC this will be a leisurely paced ride. Music will be provided courtesy of bike-towed speakers, and flashing lights, glow sticks, and decorations are officially encouraged!  

I have been fortunate enough to ride in the 2015 PopeRide which had 3000 cyclists and the 2016 RideDNC with 1500 cyclists. For those of you who have never done either of these rides this one not to be missed. For those of you have, bring your friends. This is the type of ride you will be telling your friends and family about long after summer has passed.

If you need more information or would like to share fashion tips on how to dress for the Cycle en Couleur, go to the event’s Facebook page,

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