Every Thursday some Boulder cyclist gather together for the Boulder Cruiser Ride. Over the years this ride has had its fair share of troubles with residents and the law. Originally some viewed it as a Thursday Critical Mass or at least attempted to turn it into that and the lawlessness got out of hand. Years later they are still struggling with their identity and culture but much of that might not be entirely their doing. In today's Daily Camera there is a letter in the opinion section titled Riding a Bike Thursday isn't a Crime Here are some quotes from it...
As the numbers began to grow, the Boulder Police initially cracked down on issues such as open containers of alcohol, and traffic safety violations. They wanted to hold someone responsible for the actions of the group. So it didn't take long for the "elders" of the ride to recognize the importance of the Ride policing itself.
We eventually reached a point, however, when we discovered that despite our efforts to educate all Thursday Night Cruisers, we simply could not manage the sheer number of riders showing up to ride every week. Specifically, we noticed a great deal of underage riders, with no bike lights, many of whom were very inebriated. A couple of years ago we tried staging the "end" of the Thursday Cruiser Ride. But they knew we were still cruising every Thursday, and we knew nobody could stop kids from riding their bikes on a Thursday.
It is a shame that a few riders of this group are unintentionally trying to kill it my their lack of respect for the law and other citizens. I've done a cruiser ride and for the most part it is a very fun event especially when other act appropreaitly. Now is the crack down on the Cruiser ride entirely the Crusier rides fault, most likely not. Replace the word "Thursday Cruiser Ride" with "The Bustop Ride" or the "Noon ride", "Networking ride", "Wednesday Worlds", etc. and the story is pretty much the same. Is it time we held up a mirror to our behaviors?
303Cycling's next story will be on the Bustop ride and it's impact on Boulder's cycling culture". Stay tuned.