Ride with the LBP for a fun way to explore Lansing!
We ride on Fridays after work.
We also often have rides on other days, like a Wednesday Allen Market Ride. Or a Tuesday Adult Swim Ride when it’s hot. Longer rides on weekends. …Whatever people want to post and share!
If you can ride about 15 miles at 12mph and know how to get along with cars and enjoy riding with a group you’re good to go. You should be able to smile going up a hill. Make sure your bike is ready: air in tires, saddle up.
Our method is: Stay together, stay in the right lane, listen and obey, holler info forward or back as needed, don’t just stop — pull to the side.
We mostly use Facebook to organize. We also have a Google Group / email list.
Google Group/eList: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/lansing-bike-party
Our FB group is a clearinghouse. We especially like rides that are inclusive and welcome the underserved — women, minorities, beginners, never-evers, families.
HOW WE ROLL:
On Fridays we meet at the Lansing Bike Co-op on 1715 E. Kalamazoo St., Lansing, 48912. We roll at 6:30pm.
We have pre-rides from wherever people want to gather. Post your pre-ride! One leaves at 6pm from the MSU Broad Museum in East Lansing. We tend to get to our destination (with little stops along the way) about 8 then head for home around 9, after snacks/bevs. Some folks play til midnight. We ride back in groups. If you might ride at night then bring lights. We’re big on night riding and decorative lights! We like fenders and picnics. (Always check Event details because rides vary.)
Rides are bigger on Fridays. Maybe 50 riders. Midweek rides are more like a dozen.
“Casual” is relative. We’re “safety first,” but thankfully it’s easy to be safe. We let each other know about cars. Sometimes we take a sidewalk, sometimes a dirt short-cut: don’t worry! Our urban style is different from longer/faster rural rides. Any bike works! Any clothes work! See Detroit Slow Roll or city riders around the world.
If you want to connect during the ride, call/txt Tim Potter: (517) 618-1771.
Rides are self-supported and freelance/voluntary. We have helpers up front figuring out where to go, folks in the middle helping with traffic, someone at the back to herd or help stragglers. If you don’t want to do something, don’t. (Parents, see “Kidical Mass Lansing Family Ride” on FB.)
We visit places around town that most people don’t know about. We have great relations with cars. We get a lot of friendly waves. We have about 100 positive interactions with cars for every one that honks mean.
…Enjoy the party!