Saturday, July 24, 2010
Critical Manners in ViennaThe Soundry. Antoine lead the way, sound system/bubble maker in tow. The tunes and bubbles added a nice touch to the ride, which was very social, relatively slow, and fun.
We rode along the W&OD Trail to reach Clarks Crossing Road and a climb up to Beulah Road and back to Maple Ave. We obeyed most traffic signals and didn't disrupt traffic too much, although one motorist couldn't be slowed for even a few seconds on Beulah Rd and insisted on blowing his (or her) horn for an extended period. Given there was a solid yellow line on our side and the lane was too narrow to share, it wasn't legal to pass anyway.
From there we took a right on Maple Ave./Rt 123 and took over the outside lane. We were quite a sight, slowly cruising through Vienna, music blaring, bubbles flying, and curious motorists giving us plenty of room as the passed on the left. We had no problems as we made our way to Nutley Street and south to the Vienna Metro Station. We returned via a back route to/from the station through Nottaway Park and Tapawingo.
Biketastic!, a bicycle themed art exhibit opening next Saturday, July 31, as a benefit for Bikes for the World.
Thanks to Antoine for putting the ride together. Watch for notices about future rides at the Critical Manners Facebook page.