On Wednesday I ventured out for a night of fun, on a school night no less. It was such a dope experience that I had to share it with you. So much fun, that my butt is still hurting… I had a dope night of fun on a bicycle, getting some cardio in, feeling the wind blow on my face, bopping to music, enjoying time with Babe at the DC Bike Party.
DC Bike Party is a celebration of the bicycle, and Washington DC bicycle community. We are not a race nor a riot: We are a free expression to celebrate the presence of a party wherever we are!! We are a celebration, a party, a free assembly of a growing and vibrant community of urban cyclists who wish to share our love of bicycles with each other and our broader communities.
The DC Bike Party meets up the second Wednesday of the month at the fountain in Dupont Circle in Washington, DC. Yes, they ride in the winter as well. The District’s biking community, much like the city itself, is growing rapidly. DC Bike Party’s goal is to be a positive part of this growth. Once a month we will explore the city via bicycle with a new route, a new playlist and a new post-ride bar. Everyone is welcome, and the ride is free. All post ride outings are 21+
When I had LittleCuteLips in 2012 for the first year Babe and I would do adventurous day dates, this reminded me of those times. We do outside of the box dates all the time. We chit chatted as we rode, he laughed at my biking riding skills or the lack thereof. He told me I ride a bike like a child. I mean I was rusty, but I got better. I only ride this bike once every two or three years.
With every DC Bike Party comes a theme, you already know I’m a sucker for a theme. These riders are not afraid to go all out either. June is pride month, so there is no surprise that Pride was our theme for this month. I don’t exactly own any rainbows but I love colors so this is what I wore. Babe made me wear his helmet, you know because I suck at riding a bike and apparently he thought I might kill myself. Sir!
We meet up at 7:30 PM and we leave at 8 PM sharp. You see folks riding all kind of bikes, even the Bike Share bikes you can recent on the street. You will also see a few folks on roller blades whizzing in and out of the pack. They have a legit system down and it is fascinating to watch. They block the streets so we can keep moving.
On the left side was our DC Bike Party party path. We did 3.38 miles at a chill pace. Make no mistake we were cruising, they do not ball out or anything like that. It was a nice cruising pace and nobody was left behind. You can come alone or bring a friend, either way it is a lot of fun.
On the right side was the path Babe and I took from the DC Bike Party destination. It was 1.88 miles back, it was much different this time. Everyone leaves when they want to leave so their is no departing party, just Babe and I cruising the DC streets on our own.
I was so excited when we arrived at our destination, which is a mystery every time. This isn’t even half of the people that rode. I wish I could full capture all of the people.
The weather was nice, but I was sweating and my shirt was stuck to my back. I had a minute to catch my breath and I took full advantage, until the mosquito bites started sucking my blood.
This dude rode his Ice Cream bike with us. He legit opened the cooler up and started selling ice cream at our destination. So damn smart!
The DC Bike Party is a place to just be you. We ring out bells, honk horns, blow loud whistles and a few folks blew bubbles. It is the most chilled out fun with a bunch of strangers you will ever have. I imagine that you also start to become friends if you participate often enough. Babe and the Manchild have gone several times, but this was my first. I won’t be my last though.