“East Bay Bike Party” Travels from Lafayette to Concord on Friday Night

April 12, 2014 0:25 am · 77 comments

A group calling themselves the “East Bay Bike Party” traveled from the Lafayette BART station to the Concord BART station on Friday night.

Hundreds of bicyclists went through Lafayette, Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill & Concord. The group, which started the ride at about 7:30pm, brought boomboxes, drums, plastic containers, tambourines and cowbells.

The group has several rules posted on its website.

This is how we ride:

1. Stop at Lights
2. Stay to the Right
3. Pack your Trash
4. Don’t get Smashed
5. Ride Straight
6. Don’t Hate!

Anybody see them out & about?

1 Tiffany April 12, 2014 at 12:35 AM

I love it!!! That’s what it’s all about!!! Riding safely, respectfully, and having fun on your bike!! Woohoo!! Summer is just around the corner!!

2 MrDuckyWucky April 12, 2014 at 1:03 AM

bored dimwits desperate for attention. Pathetic losers. And we know Darwinism isnt kind to losers.

3 NH April 12, 2014 at 1:50 AM

Yep, they went riding up Candelero at Treat Blvd in Walnut Creek. We thought it was a light parade as many had colorful lights on bikes and people! It was around 10pm so we were wondering what the party was outside…it continued for about 7 minutes as they kept having to wait at the red light out front. As loud as they were, it made us smile as all sounds of happy people, laughter, and upbeat music. We were hoping someone would say what it was…sign us up for the next ride! That looks like fun!!

4 anon April 12, 2014 at 2:17 AM

yup. i got a great video too!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbZn07rZJ88

5 Anon April 12, 2014 at 3:20 AM

So what was the point here?

6 AH April 12, 2014 at 5:18 AM

I saw them, rules 1, 2, 4, and 5 were repeatedly broken. Rules at Todos Santos Plaza were broken as well. Othere than that I thought it was pretty cool and looked like everyone was having fun.

7 Nutcreek Frontier April 12, 2014 at 6:03 AM

As usual, the Mayor has the 411! Was wondering why there were a thousand or so bikes at Heather Farms Park at about 9:30 when I picked up my child from a school dance near there. They seemed like nice bunch of people having fun. I did nearly hit a biker who rode out fast from behind a bush in the dark, but fortunately was going slow and had time to stop.

8 Dwight Schrute April 12, 2014 at 6:15 AM

@MrDuckyWucky

I hope you had fun staying at home eating your KFC and beating your dog

9 H April 12, 2014 at 6:22 AM

It looks like they’re riding in the road. How is that respectful or safe? They should all be in the bike lane.

10 Smokey April 12, 2014 at 6:28 AM

MrDuckyWucky sounds like a pathetic loser.

11 Roid Rage April 12, 2014 at 6:51 AM

I’m a long time bicycle enthusiast and by no means want to be associated with these type of groups, they have been doing the same thing every Friday night in San Francisco….I like the workout and solitude of riding up Mt. Diablo or Mt Tamalpais at night.

12 catransplant April 12, 2014 at 6:58 AM

I am all for people going out, and having a good time, but when it’s almost 11:00 at night and I have to be up at 5:30 the next morning for work, I don’t appreciate being kept up by a large group of screaming people right outside my door. I may be speaking for myself only, but I pay the high prices of living in Pleasant Hill for a number or reasons, the main one being, ITS QUIET!! If you are gonna do this, do it earlier in the evening before people go to bed, or don’t do it in residental neighborhoods….

13 Anything.., April 12, 2014 at 7:01 AM

that pisses off ducky wucky and ilk, makes me
smile ;-) !

14 MrDarwinyWarwiny April 12, 2014 at 7:11 AM

I’m with @2. Definitely bored dimwits desperate for attention. Pathetic losers.

I’d also like to indict the following large gatherings of people that similarly are just pretenses for pathetic losers and bored dimwits to seek the attention that they are desperate for:

Carnival
Mardi Gras
Iditarod
The Festival of Lights
The Running of the Bulls
KidFest
Boston Marathon
Days of Thunder
Hanukkah
The Asparagus Festival
and all parades, pub crawls, walkathons, marches, relays, and races where people congregate to enjoy life together.

15 Mr. Moses April 12, 2014 at 7:15 AM

I’m probably wrong, but I actually thought that it was ILLEGAL to bike on secondary roads after sunset. I can’t tell the street that they are on, but it looks like a major secondary late at night. You can still drive on side streets and side walks (and still need a light), but, again, I thought that secondary roads were off limits. I have excellent vision but at night those little cheap blinky things don’t help much, not to mention I can’t see your full outline which is what I really need to navigate safely around bikers at night. Surprised that they aren’t all wearing highly reflective vests too. Anyway good luck and all.

16 They were rude and obnoxious April 12, 2014 at 7:23 AM

They were WAY too loud, screaming and yelling, BLARING music, and it was not just from a boom box, they must have had some sort of amplification because it sounded like a concert as they went down oak park blvd. it was ridiculous and seemed to never end. A massive group of that size obviously takes on a mob mentality and whatever “Rules” they claimed they followed all went out the window. Uncivilized folk.

17 mutts April 12, 2014 at 8:06 AM

All for naught if they loudly rev their bikes. I hate that.

18 runnerman April 12, 2014 at 8:06 AM

That’s why I’m a runner. Runners are better athletes, we respect the rules of the road more and we don’t have an abundance of equipment that takes up so much space.

19 Juan Grande April 12, 2014 at 8:12 AM

Another group of self centered cyclist bringing more negative attention to the cycling community. Just like the Critical Mass losers in SF ruining working people’s commutes. There is nothing positive about riding through residential neighborhoods blaring music, banging drums and blowing horns after 9:00 pm. What is your point here but “look at us, we don’t care about anything but ourselves”! Pathetic.

20 Erik Myers April 12, 2014 at 8:21 AM

Yup,,, they rode by my house after 10:00 pm blaring music, woke up my son that is 7 months old. when we went out side and told them they woke up my son one guy yelled “F### you at us”…Next time they roll thru I’ll be prepared with water balloon grenades full of dog crap water. We’lo see who’s laighing next time.

21 EdiBirsan April 12, 2014 at 8:22 AM

This may be an opportunity for some good and we should explore it.

22 fatso April 12, 2014 at 8:28 AM

what’s your point #10? did you just want everyone to know you ride bikes too? if you don’t want to be associated with them, then don’t be. cut back on the juice.

23 Ian April 12, 2014 at 8:59 AM

Bike Party!!!!

24 Ian April 12, 2014 at 9:02 AM

Ha ha, that video clip doesn’t do it justice at all! I wish I was on this ride, but I was there last month and it was awesome!!!

25 Connie Dobbs April 12, 2014 at 9:19 AM

How cute. Critical Mass for the SUV set.

26 Anon April 12, 2014 at 9:35 AM

Ed says, “Can’t we all just vote for me?”

27 anon April 12, 2014 at 9:50 AM

you’re so right, anyone that puts a flashing red light on their rear end for any reason is definitely seeking attention.

28 Chris Jenner April 12, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Yes I seen this and was very disgusted! They road past my house numerous times around 10:00pm. They threw trash on my front lawn. Had items thrown at my house which hit my bedroom window and woke up my wife who is vey sick. I had foul language screamed at me when they passed. Now I am all for having fun but this went too far. I am very disgusted with this bike party. If you want to own up. Come pay me a visit please.

29 Sandy April 12, 2014 at 10:09 AM

There were abut 7-10 of the bicyclists on my BART train last night – enough that it was hard for a few people to exit. They seemed polite enough especially as a few people asked where they were going. One bike had a case of beer on its handlebars.

30 Chris Jenner April 12, 2014 at 10:12 AM

I totally agree with you catransplant! This was a bunch of idiots peddaling around waking people up. Not a “bike party!” Go do this in your own neighborhood!

31 rkt April 12, 2014 at 10:14 AM

@Mr Moses – There are no restrictions based on time for road usage. Other than signed sections of the freeway or highways that specifically have no bikes or pedestrians posted on them all public roads are open all the time for all users.

Bicycles have full use of the roads.

That is a bummer about the loud noise late at night.

32 Atticus Thraxx April 12, 2014 at 10:24 AM

I don’t see the harm, and I don’t feel the hate. Besides, rule #6 clearly states ‘Don’t Hate!’

33 Mom of the Horde April 12, 2014 at 10:43 AM

They came down my street a couple of years ago (Oak Road) and were extremely rude and extremely loud. No advance notice for residents, and they would not let cars into and out of parking lots for all these condo complexes. They may have had fun, but it was a total disaster for residents and motorists. If they ever come down my street again, I’m going to break out water balloons full of something disgusting.

34 anon April 12, 2014 at 11:04 AM

Darn, I wasn’t invited. Maybe next time.

35 Marissa April 12, 2014 at 11:12 AM

At least they’re being healthy.

36 Rose Garden April 12, 2014 at 12:09 PM

I hope they had fun! Being respectful of the residents is important as well.

37 nytemuvr April 12, 2014 at 12:14 PM

I hate it they lane-split and when they put playing cards in the spokes scare me when they pass my car….just say “No more playing cards on bike wheels”, waking people at night and doing wheelies in traffic. There ought to be a law.

38 sam April 12, 2014 at 12:16 PM

The intrusional noise, into people’s homes, the running of red lights, the garbage left strewn about, by these “adults”, needs to be drastically curtailed.

39 safe driver April 12, 2014 at 12:18 PM

I saw these idiots and a few almost got hit. Drivers could not see all of them and it was a real traffic hazard on Treat Blvd. Everyone swerving.
I let them know we could not see all of them in the dark and they screamed and yelled back obscentites. Bunch of losers on parade!

40 hau'olichic April 12, 2014 at 12:32 PM

i saw them! they had some pretty crazy/cool looking bikes! i also saw a group like this in vegas last weekend. it was hundreds of them but they stopped traffic to let all the bikers cross….car drivers were not too pleased. glad this group seemed more respectful to traffic.

41 Suzie April 12, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Sad to say that I missed them. :-(

42 AldrigeFamily April 12, 2014 at 2:31 PM

They look like a fun crowd and as they mentioned on thier website they are not Critical Mass, although I don’t know if some of the riders realize that or not. The only this is the drinking is not needed really, other than that this seem like it could be fun…I wonder if it’s family friendly?

43 Disappointed in humanity April 12, 2014 at 2:50 PM

It is a sad day when people no longer care about their neighbors. East Bay Bike Party has turned into young people (yes even underaged) riding around towns they don’t reside in, drinking, doing drugs and playing loud music. If you question me check out Instagram #eastbaybikeparty. The group of individuals were kicked out of Heather Farms by WCPD. They were sent on their way, away from stop one. This was not a residential area. They could have asked them to move away. Instead they traveled down the Iron horse trail passing numerous houses all while blaring their music. They weaves in an out of traffic down treat and headed to downtown and Concord BaRt where once again police kicked them out. Some people went home others decided to keep the party going. Traveling through neighborhoods, drinking, smoking, leaving trash and swisher wrappers all around. PBR cans in gutters. Tequila bottles on lawns. Music turned up all while they got turned up. I am all about having a good time. Throw back a few beers hell why not. Operating a bike while intoxicated is against the law. Drinking in public is also. Noise ordinances were disregarded and litter was left flying around. This is our Claycord. If you live here are participated you should be ashamed. Think of your neighbors. Think of their children sleeping comfy in their bed. Be kind to each other! No reason to yell obscenities at people when they ask you to turn down music. It would have been such a different atmosphere without the amplified (one bike had 2400 watts of speakers on it) music. This was not being healthy, it was not being safe and it sure was not considerate. A little shout out to the police…thanks for sending them through the neighborhoods as you were too chicken to deal with 1000 drunk 16 – 20 something’s.

44 Suzie April 12, 2014 at 5:18 PM

@43
That is really disappointing to hear.

45 Jason April 12, 2014 at 5:19 PM

Well that looks fun! Gotta check them out.

46 These event will become rowdier April 12, 2014 at 6:56 PM

until someone is killed…..

47 Michelle April 12, 2014 at 7:04 PM

Actually that looks like great fun. Visitors from some ivy league decided to come through concord, wished I could have joined them. Next time.

48 Bicyclists, Prius drivers, moms driving kids to school, vegans.... April 12, 2014 at 7:27 PM

and other so called “new age thinkers” seem to have a sense of entitlement which allows them to disrespect everyone else…

49 Erik Myers April 12, 2014 at 7:39 PM

#5 was broken when some one yelled “f### you” at my family. That was pleasant.

50 Erik Myers April 12, 2014 at 8:22 PM

They pretty much hate babies and old people.

51 Suzanne April 12, 2014 at 8:24 PM

I’ll bet that party was nothing like the beer festival today. :-)

52 Meredith Hunter April 12, 2014 at 8:27 PM

I think that the security for next months event should be assigned to the Hell’s Angels MC.

53 Mrs. Reverend Lovejoy April 12, 2014 at 8:38 PM

WON’T somebody think of the CHILDREN!

54 Craig Cannon April 12, 2014 at 9:38 PM

For Those That Have Public Service Radios, it was easy to know where this Mess Was. Just Listen to The PD Noise Complaints. People had Little Ones, or Had to Work in The Morning. Trying to Rest. People Were Saying These Bike Gangs were Towing Trailers With Amplified Speakers Behind SUVs. That’s a Bike? I don’t know How True, but lots of Noise Complaints. Nice Thought Gone Wild!

55 Elwood April 12, 2014 at 9:57 PM

Real cyclists hate these egotistical losers because they give all cyclists a bad name.

Basically it’s just rioting on bicycles.

56 Suzanne April 12, 2014 at 10:00 PM

That doesn’t sound like fun at all, Craig. I’m glad I missed that. Seems like they could spend their time better than disturbing the neighbors.

57 anon April 13, 2014 at 2:56 AM

I wonder which is faster; a stoned drunk person on a bike or cpd k-9?

58 lighten up April 13, 2014 at 7:21 AM

GeeZe ppl!! I guess this group proved a point “complete disaster for motorists”…this group was having a good time and it cracks me up to see all the haters…just because you own a car does not mean you own the road or the right to rain on bikers parades! Chill out claycord, have you forgotten what a good time looks like!?

59 @ lighten up April 13, 2014 at 9:55 AM

Double standard much? The bicyclists don’t own the ride either and CLEARLY were acting illegally when they BLOCKED THE ENTIRE ROADWAYS instead of riding on the right per the vehicle code. Furthermore, they were blasting amplified music louder than any suped up car can do thus again, in violation of code. Get a grip and stop enabling scofflaws.

@ Craig Cannon- where can you get a “public service radio”? I am assuming you are able to hear all the police agencies’ digital scanner traffic? Thx!

60 Walnut Creek Resident April 13, 2014 at 10:31 AM

I am cyclist that loves my sport. I do not like this new trend because of their noise pollution and stuff. I want no part of them. They are wrecking my reputation a bit and I wish they would not feel they are unified by the loud music by disturbing the neighbors. This a group that needs this negative attention. Thanks East Bay Bike Party!!! #46 Yes I was thinking that also.
Someone will get killed or hurt by this behavior. So I guess we just have to live with it like some of the other dumb stuff in our world. Thorn in our sides.
One more thing, a terrible example for the kids!!

61 Michelle April 13, 2014 at 10:39 AM

In a nutshell, WCR.

62 Outlaw bicycles April 13, 2014 at 4:41 PM

They should be only allowed on roads currently wide enough for a bike lane or on designated bike paths. I see spandex wearing bike nazis put their lives at risk every weekend as they search out narrow country roads barely wide enough for two cars to pass by each other. Add to that, they constantly ride side by side, cut diagonally across intersections and ride against traffic. Bikes commit more moving violations than cars by far. It’s not right to put drivers in that position. The last thing I want to do is hit a cycler.

Not to mention….. Bikes contribute NOTHING financially to roads. I pay exorbitant gas tax for the roads and bikes should not be allowed on narrow roads. Period.

If you want to get in shape, go to the gym. If you want a nice safe Sunday afternoon ride, get on the Iron Horse Trail, but get off the narrow roads. They’re just not built for cars and bikes at the same time.

Or, tax the sh*t out of bikes and widen the roads at their expense, not mine.

I can’t wait to hear push back. Bring it on. But don’t forget to use logic. It’s important when making an argument.

63 Eat food April 13, 2014 at 8:56 PM

@ 62, sorry nothing witty or combative. Please don’t beat your wife/dog before grabbing your next PBR from the fridge/icebox. Just because you don’t like cycling doesn’t mean you have to hate. Great thing about this country is free choice, so if you happen to hit me when I am riding on that 2 lane road I hope you have the decency to stop and assist me

64 no outlaw April 13, 2014 at 9:05 PM

at 62 Outlaw bicycles makes the point: bicycles are perfectly legal. Open containers, impaired driving, loud music, amplification over a certain threshold and blocking driveways doesn’t sound legal to me. Although, getting the police to act in the way you think they should is always going to leave you disappointed. If it was a group of Hells Angels you all would be quaking in your living rooms so be glad its just a bunch of hipsters. This has nothing to do with my commute to work or Claycord’s poor bicycle accommodation.

65 @62 April 14, 2014 at 8:21 AM

Who said I “hate?” I’m just pointing out the facts. Narrow roads are too dangerous for bikes.

66 Mom of the Horde April 14, 2014 at 9:13 AM

#58 Having a fun party shouldn’t come at the expense of the people around the party who are not actually participating in it. My experience with the ebbikeparty was pretty negative. The cyclists were very rude and had absolutely zero regard for the residents, motorists and bystanders in the area. I’m all for a good party, but having one dropped in my lap without warning is pretty darned annoying.

67 jtkatec April 14, 2014 at 10:06 AM

I’m sorry I missed it.

Humorous posts by Mutts, Mr. DarwinyWariny, Diwght Schrute, Mr. Reverend Lovejoy!!!

Sarcasm is such a great way to offset negativity.

68 You real daddy April 15, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Awwww…
“We pay so much”
“Our cars pay taxes”
“Revving their bikes”l

It’s really sad that all your money isn’t enough to stuff into your over-privileged ears and block out the sound of reality.
Maybe if you were more successful you could afford real luxury and solitude.

Until then, do us all a favor and read up on bike laws (we have as much legal right to the road as cars do, no matter how much money you pump into your blood guzzling machine), then, after you’ve had them explained to you by someone who understands them (try a 6 year old) you can rephrase your argument into something more cohesive (try monkey sounds)

Because of the feedback here, we’ll be sure to have lots more rides in the area. See you soon.

69 925 Bike Partier April 15, 2014 at 11:56 AM

What a great ride on Friday night! I appreciated the positive attitude and intent of the group to ride legally and not be a “critical mass.” Sorry to hear that people had negative interactions with individuals. I saw people walking down streets smiling and dancing along with all the bikers. More please!

70 Hey @H #9 April 15, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Bicycles are actually allowed to take up a whole lane in traffic. “Share the road” means that they obey all traffic laws and have the same rights on the road as automobiles. I used to attend EBBP every month and enjoyed riding and partying. Most of the time it was a positive experience with families coming out with their children and waving at us as we passed by, dinging our bells. I stopped attending a few months back, after they started getting out of control. People crashing, being disrespectful, blatantly disobeying even fellow bikers’ call-outs to “stop” or “get in the right lane!” It’s turned into a sh#t show now. :-( A few bad apples have definitely spoiled a big chunk of the basket now.

71 Your real daddy April 15, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Ps concordinites. Just so we don’t get confused. We love how many of you joined us on Friday night. It’s by far the most “jump-on”s I’ve ever seen from a town. We feel your love.
Thanks for making us feel so welcome, we’ll definitely return.
It IS unfortunate that a small number of your neighbors are so hateful and expectant. Don’t let them ruin your town for you, we certainly won’t.

I’m thinking a Nor-Cal bike party. Full critical mass. San Fran, San Jose, Sactown, East Bay. Maybe if we try, we can beat the 15,000 ppl from the last one!
Stay tuned

72 Hey, DuckyWucky#2 and DarwinyWarwiny#14 April 15, 2014 at 12:46 PM

is it me or does it look like Mr. DuckyWucky (2) reposted as “MrDarwinyWarwiny” (14) to back himself up? LOL!

73 BePositive April 15, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Many folks posting here really miss the point – I feel like it was hundreds of people feeling the utter joy of riding around on bicycles with music and art. I was lucky enough to attend. What a magnificent example of an inclusive community. People of all ages, races, and economic classes attended. People made art and celebrated. Was it really so bad to be disturbed for a few minutes of your life by this event? Please have a little perspective.

74 disclaimer April 15, 2014 at 6:59 PM

The comments expressed above by ‘You Real Daddy’ and ‘Your Real Daddy,’ #68 and #71 respectively, reflect the opinion of the individual and not that of the East Bay Bike Party.

75 East Bay Bike Partier April 19, 2014 at 5:49 PM

@Chris Jenner – This IS our neighborhood.
***AND***
Bike Party is NOT Critical Mass, do not confuse the two.
Critical Mass is a protest, Bike Party is a celebration.

76 Isabelle Necessary April 21, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Thank you so much for letting me know about the Bike Party – I’m looking forward to joining in next month…

77 your real daddy April 25, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Actually, my statements DO represent bike party. Assuming of f course it’s still volunteer run…. unless of course someone would like to claim liability and ownership of EBBP.

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