Since April of 2022 we've been putting on these Full Moon Lighted Bike Rides. It was inspired by my friend Marissa with LightMeUp Safety Lights in San Diego. She's a really amazing person who brings all this joy to the bike scene across San Diego County by hooking people up with wheel lights. Her slogan is "Get lit or get hit." That's pretty baller right?
What I love about the service that LightMeUp Safety Lights provides goes beyond just colorful bike decoration. When a group of bike riders are rolling with wheel lights, frame lights and style, drivers seem to step up their respect for bicyclists. It looks like party on wheels, a glowing parade, something that you really want to be a part of, or at least spectate. So typically drivers slow down, they watch, they cheer and they make space for bike riders.
We started full moon rides in Upstate NY to promote that same kind of culture of safety for cyclists but it's grown into something even better.
Our first ride was the Pink Moon Ride in April, supported by Bike Walk Tompkins. We met at the Ithaca Farmer's Market an hour before sunset to install some wheel lights and by the time we got onto the Waterfront Trail we had about 20 riders in tow, and everyone lit up for the evening roll. So that was 7 rides ago, and out little full moon ride has caught on and created an unexpected following with a culture that's very different from the lighted bike parades in San Diego...
Stories from the road and bike shops en route.
Author: Sylvie Froncek
I've ridden thousands of miles, led group bike tours, taught maintenance classes and started bike collectives, all in an attempt to share what I love with great people. Read about my adventures and tell me about yours!