I attended the first "be in" in Central Park NYC, a memorable day of peace, love, music and impromtu dancing in the park. It started with Bob Fass of WBAI. This gave me an idea to make up for the Gran Fond engineered insult by our city manager, and too easily acceded to by our police chief and wind favoring commission.
Now I am not suggesting anything illegal. If the motorcycles can have Wednsday and Thurday in RO I cannot see why the bicycles cannot have a "Cycle Saturday" during the spring, summer and early fall. Call it the " RO Saturday Cycle Club". I am sure the local businesses will not object. Well maybe a few bars as cyclists generally are health conscious. A smart business will arrange to have a bicycle rack available such as the one by our bookstore.
If our city is agreeable (for a change) they could arrange for bicycle racks to be available, especially in our downtown park area or the club could hold a fund raiser to pay for the addiional racks if there is enough interest. In any case the bicycles would meet in a designated location such as our central downtown park, or Farmer's Market and from there take a ride around our supposedly bicycle friendly city obeying all the traffic laws, epecially on Main Street (no more than four abreast). After all the streets are where the bicycles belong downtown, right? I admit being a tad facetious here. Perhaps Birmingham, Berkley, or Friendly Ferndale could be a secondary destination if those cities could be convinced to arrange to provide a central location for bicycle racks. I would still like to see antique bicycles included in the Dream Cruise as there are ample collectors of older bikes. The Dream Cruise could be an ideal event for bicyclists as the cars are generally driven to be seen and not raced. Bicycles are not any longer just for elitists and kids. They are the greenest form of land transport ever invented. It was bicycles that helped the Cong in Vietnam by the way (used to transport food and munitions night and day on the Ho Chi Minh Trail). Just thought I would throw that in.
In case of a national emergency or disaster bicycles would be invaluable for our survival. I strongly remember the explosion of bicycle use during the gas lines of the Carter era in NYC. There are still a few who remember WWII and the use of bicycles both on the front and the homefront, especially in England.
Perhaps the yet to be created RO Saturday Cycle Club could hold a fund raiser to purchase and donate a bicycle to our city manager. In case anyone has not heard yet this city intends to fine bicyclists fifty to one hundred dollars if they are caught riding on downtown sidewalks. Personally I can't wait for the first bicycle police taser incident. That would give the club "street cred" that would sell a lot of club jacket "colors".