I had my first social bike ride this past Friday. Well, to be more specific, it was my first social bike ride in like…5 years.
The group meets every Friday night at 11 PM and the size is relatively small, according to a regular who participates. But the glow ride brought out at least 35 people, maybe 40?
Our first half of the ride was a little fast and lots of people got separated from one another. So we stopped at Penn Valley Park to regroup. It was my first time ever going to Penn Valley Park. I know right? And I call myself a Kansas Citian!
I met some new people, and befriended a fellow bike rider who had a distaste for authority and nicknamed the folks that tried to direct the ride “Scout leaders.”. It was not meant to be a compliment!
I’m proud for putting myself out there and attending a social ride where I didn’t know very many people! Now that I’ve tried it, i expect to engage more often. And one cool thing about these events is that when the ride starts, its easy to blend into the crowd… making it easier for introverts like me to feel connected without having to extend ourselves.
Thanks Midnight Cyclers. I hope to meet up again for future night time riding.