Bikers piss me off. Not all bikers of course, but the smug, self-satisfied bikers that seem to take over the city streets, going against traffic when they feel like it, sneering at drivers and pedestrians alike and wearing their “One Less Car” T-shirts with an air of pomposity usually reserved for George Clooney’s acceptance speeches. Once in Chicago I saw a swarm of Critical Mass bikers surround a taxi cab in an intersection and circle it repeatedly for 10 minutes, blocking traffic and jeering at the frightened driver and the annoyed passengers.
So yeah, I think certain members of the “bike culture” are jackasses.
Most of them aren’t. Don’t let a few bad apples spoil the bunch, and definitely don’t let it keep you from attending tonight’s party to celebrate the Bicycle Film Festival-a cinematic celebration of all things BIKE, taking place down at the South Street Seaport tonight at 6 oclock.
Along with booze and food will be John Spencer Blues Explosion (um…), and French band The Teenagers. Chat with other bike-types about locks and chains and trails and shit, before heading over to the afterparty at Studio B.
Just don’t be a jerk about it.
Bicycle Film Festival Kick Off Party: South Street Seaport (South St & Fulton St)
Studio B : 259 Banker St Brooklyn, NY