Lights, Camera, Action! Lookbook

This month, get ready to roll on the red carpet as Bike Party celebrates the movies! Pop some popcorn, channel your favorite character from the big screen, or prepare for your grand acceptance speech by dressing to the nines! (Bike) lights, camera, ACTION! – Cue that musical score and direct yourself to Copley ’cause this ride is your time to shine! Lights, Camera, Action!

  • February 12, 2016, 7pm, Copley Square
  • Route: TBA
  • Sign up for the Facebook event here!
  • Submit your songs to the Party Playlist here!
  • After party: Boston Beer Works, Downtown (112 Canal St)!
  • Event artwork: Robert Mulak!

Here’s your handy Lookbook to get you and your ride ON FLEEK:

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Neon Masquerade: LookBook

You are cordially invited to Boston Bike Party’s Neon Masquerade! Stay warm behind a mask and choose when to reveal your true identity, if ever.  Add some feathers, glam, or glitter, but make sure to be bright! We’ll be lighting up the streets before we dance our way to midnight.

  • Friday, January 15, 2016 | Copley Square, 7:00pm
  • Route: TBA!
  • Sign up for the Facebook event here!
  • Submit your songs to the party playlist here!
  • After-party: POP Allston
  • Event artwork: Sarah Nichols

Without further ado… here’s your shiny, bright, glowing LookBook!

Step 1: Mask yourself!

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Step 2: Glow yourself!

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Step 3: Glow your bike!

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Step 4: Party on!

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Step 4.5: ????….

See y’all on the 15th!

PRESENTS: LookBook

Get ready to wrap yourself up in layers of fun ’cause this month Boston Bike Party Presents: Presents! That’s right – grab your ugliest sweater, stick a bow on your helmet, or cut a hole in a box! Gift us with your presence and bring your friends along, too! We’re meeting at Copley at 7 pm and rolling out at 7:30!

Facebook Event: click here!
Route: TBD
Playlist Submissions: TBD
After Party: Doyle’s Cafe in Jamaica Plain
Embroidery by Ryn Marchese

Annnnnd….here’s your lookbook!

Don’t be afraid to think inside the box!
Don’t be afraid to think inside the box!  (source)
Double the fun by throwing it back to our Twinsies ride! (source)
Double the fun by bringing a buddy and throwing it back to our Twinsies ride!  (source)
Burning the idea that newspaper gift wrap is only reserved as a last-minute strategy… (source)
Burning the idea that newspaper gift wrap is only reserved as a last-minute strategy… (source)
Dressed up to the nines on 12/11. (source)
Dressed up to the nines on 12/11. (source)
We can’t wait for two awesome humans to rock this on a tandem.
We can’t wait for two awesome humans to rock this on a tandem.  (source)
Don’t forget to protect your package!
Don’t forget to protect your package!  (source)
Short on time to make a costume? Just top yourself off with a big bow and you’re all set! (source)
Short on time to make a costume? Just top yourself off with a big bow and you’re all set! (source)
A wrap battle may be present.
A wrap battle may be present.  (source)
And in case you need to send that gift to Mom.
And in case you need to send that gift to Mom.  (source)

That’s a wrap!  See y’all on the 11th!   Invite your friends to the Facebook Event Page right here!

Dreams vs. Nightmares – Lookbook

Bike Partiers,

This month, unicorns will frolic among the monsters hiding under your bed as we follow the sandman into the night! We’ll trek through lollipop forests and ghoul-filled graveyards so grab your pajamas and tuck yourself in for a magical adventure: this is gonna be the best slumber party yet.

Friday, November 13
Meet at Copley Sq., 7:00pm
Facebook Event: Click here!

Here’s your Lookbook . . .

We’ll be counting sheep all night long. (source:)
No matter how many sheep you count, you won’t fall asleep at this bike party. (source)
The Pats, making your dreams come true in onesie jumpsuits. (source)

Samara and Regan making sure you never sleep again . . . (source; source)
T-Swizzle, bringing you back to a land of unicorns and angels, even if she claims to be a nightmare dressed like a daydream. (source)
It’s never too early to bring back your Halloween costume. Check out the Sandman's appearance at this year’s HBR! (photo credit: Donrick Pond)
It’s never too early to bring back your Halloween costume. This Sandman might make another appearance . . .  (photo credit: Donrick Pond)
Is a clown on a bike a dream or nightmare? Your call . . . (source:)
Is a clown on a bike a dream or nightmare? Your call . . . (source)
Bring along your teddy bear for the cuddlefest . . . just hope they don't come alive . . . (source:)
Bring along your teddy bear for this cuddlefest . . . (source)
Real or imaginary, many friends will join on this bike ride. (source:)
. . . and all of your friends, real or imaginary! (source)
You can never go wrong in a onesie! (source:
And just remember, you can never go wrong in a onesie! (source)

See you all next Friday!

Boston Bike Party Presents: Decorative Gourds!

I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to get my hands on some fucking gourds and arrange them in a horn-shaped basket on the front of my bicycle. That shit is going to look so seasonal. I’m about to head up to the attic right now to find that wicker fucker, dust it off, and jam it with an insanely ornate assortment of shellacked vegetables. When I arrive at Bike Party, it’s gonna be like, BLAMMO! Check out my shellacked decorative vegetables, assholes. Guess what season it is—fucking fall. There’s a nip in the air and my bicycle is covered in mutant fucking squash.*

BBP Presents: BOSTON – Route, Fun, & Safety

Hey Bostonians, no one will be the new kid on the block after riding with 500 of the coolest people in this fine city!  We’re expecting a super-sized crowd for this ride so Summer Mode is still in effect. Use those red lights to make sure Boston Bike Party is a place where everyone knows your name, and then let the good times roll!

Friday, September 11, 2015
Meet at Copley Square at 7:30pm, ride at 8!

Check out our wicked cool route for this month’s party here!

What is Summer Mode?  Summer mode is a more laid back way to enjoy biking in the city on these hot summer nights.  We stop at red lights and we stay behind cars at red lights (aka: please no filtering) so that cars have a way out instead of getting trapped by our swarm.  Just like us animals, drivers don’t like being trapped… bad things happen when animals get trapped… so let’s just avoid it by offering car drivers a way out.

bbp summer mode web 2

Why Summer Mode, what’s wrong with corking?  When we’re corking, we’re holding cars at intersections so the ride can stick together, but as our numbers grew, this became more and more dangerous for everyone, including riders and volunteers. When Bike Party was smaller, the group could make it through an intersection in just one or two changes of the light… sure car drivers were mildly annoyed (and we were ok with that) but when we get 400+ riders, it can take 5,6,7 or more changes of the light, and drivers become impatient and start acting aggressively, and our volunteer intersection marshals  and sometimes riders would take the brunt of that anger. We had more than a few occasions where things got scary.  Bike Party is supposed to be a fun time for everyone, including drivers and pedestrians we pass. Summer mode is a way to have a large numbers as our numbers grow,  and the road rage we often experienced when we corked intersections is the opposite of fun.

Now riding in Summer Mode, volunteers still might hold traffic briefly to let a large group of riders cross a particular intersection. Then, using their sound judgment, these volunteers will direct the rest of the bike partiers to wait momentarily to let cars go by. Please follow directions from volunteers to maximize Fun and Safety!

Note: If we come upon police officers, follow their directions. If they motion us to stop, then stop! and if they motion you to continue through a red light, it’s ok to go ahead! Be sure to say thanks, smile, and give them a “Bike Partaaaaay!” holla.

But I might get lost! You won’t!  We’ll have a volunteer at all the turns!  So just keep riding straight until you see a turn marshal telling you when to turn.  We also have a dedicated sweep rider to keep the stragglers from getting dropped.  The Sweep Rider will be carrying a broom.  So just kick back and enjoy the ride without worrying about getting left behind.

Ride the wave!  Stopping at red lights means that we’ll get divvied up into manageable “waves”.  The average wave should be about 50-100 people, so it’ll still be a party!  For maximum fun, find a music trailer, and stick with that wave!

What if my bike breaks down? We’ll make sure you don’t get lost, but we can’t stay long enough to fix your bike if you have a problem.  You’ll have to support yourself in the event of a bike meltdown. But don’t worry, we never ride too far away from public transit, taxi cabs, uber, or a quick call to your mom if your bike falls apart.  As always we encourage you to bring the stuff you need to fix a flat tire and do the ABC Quick Check before you ride.

And NOW, a graphical representation of how to enjoy Summer Mode!

Special thanks to Baltimore Bike Party for letting us borrow their graphics and stuff.

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Staying behind cars waiting at intersections will allow them to stay out of our group. It’s not Boston Bikes & Cars Party, we want our group to be exclusive to us awesome bike riders.

safety2

Do not filter through the cars.  This is a dangerous move in a group.  Sure you might be able to cut in front of the car(s) but the 80 people behind you might not be able to.  This runs the risk of having someone stuck next to a car in their blind spot when the light changes, and even more so splits up your wave of riders with cars in the middle!  Just stick behind the traffic and stay together.

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Even if you come up next to one vehicle on a multi-lane street, it’s best to stay behind the front of that car.  You don’t know when they may accelerate or want to make a turn.

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Don’t crowd around cars, blocking them in.  Let the car have the ability to pull out in front of your group and not be trapped in the middle of the party.

safety5

Ride ONLY in lanes of traffic going your direction.  If there is traffic going both directions, especially on streets with only 1 lane each way, it is EXTREMELY important to stay in OUR lane.  Riding against traffic is one of the most dangerous things you can do.  It may look like no car is coming at the moment, but someone could turn into that lane at any moment without seeing you.  Just don’t do it, let’s stay in our own lanes and stay safe!

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Stay off the sidewalks.  They are for pedestrians, little old ladies, and kiddos playing hopscotch.  There is no need for us to risk barreling over any of them.   Even if the sidewalk looks nice and wide, we have enough numbers where it’s safe to be in the street, let’s leave the sidewalks for others.

BBP Gone Wild – Route, Fun, & Safety

We’re expecting another awesomely large pack of Bike Party Animals this month, so once again Summer Mode will be in full effect!

Check out our awesome, new route for this month’s party here!

What is Summer Mode?  Summer mode is a more laid back way to enjoy biking in the city on these hot summer nights.  We stop at red lights and we stay behind cars at red lights (aka: please no filtering) so that cars have a way out instead of getting trapped by our swarm.  Just like us animals, drivers don’t like being trapped… bad things happen when animals get trapped… so let’s just avoid it by offering car drivers a way out.

bbp summer mode web 2

Why Summer Mode, what’s wrong with corking?  It’s mostly for the safety of our volunteer team. When Bike Party was smaller, the group could make it through an intersection in just one or two changes of the light… sure car drivers were mildly annoyed (and we were ok with that) but when we get 400+ riders, it can take 5,6,7 or more changes of the light, and drivers sometimes get road rage, and our volunteer intersection marshals would take the brunt of that anger. We had more than a few occasions where things got scary.  Road Rage is the opposite of fun.

Now riding in Summer Mode, volunteers still might hold traffic briefly to let a large group of riders cross a particular intersection. Then, using their sound judgment, these volunteers will direct the rest of the bike partiers to wait momentarily to let cars go by. Please follow directions from volunteers to maximize Fun and Safety!

Note: If we come upon police officers, follow their directions. If they motion us to continue through a red light, it’s ok to go ahead! Be sure to say thanks, smile, and give them a “Bike Partaaaaay!” holla.

But I might get lost! You won’t!  We’ll have a volunteer at all the turns!  So just keep riding straight until you see a turn marshal telling you when to turn.  We also have a dedicated sweep rider to keep the stragglers from getting dropped.  The Sweep Rider will be carrying a broom.  So just kick back and enjoy the ride without worrying about getting left behind.

Ride the wave!  Stopping at red lights means that we’ll get divvied up into manageable “waves”.  The average wave should be about 50-100 people, so it’ll still be a party!  For maximum fun, find a music trailer, and stick with that wave!

What if my bike breaks down? We’ll make sure you don’t get lost, but we can’t stay long enough to fix your bike if you have a problem.  You’ll have to support yourself in the event of a bike meltdown. But don’t worry, we never ride too far away from public transit, taxi cabs, uber, or a quick call to your mom if your bike falls apart.  As always we encourage you to bring the stuff you need to fix a flat tire and do the ABC Quick Check before you ride.

And NOW, a graphical representation of how to enjoy Summer Mode!

Special thanks to Baltimore Bike Party for letting us borrow their graphics and stuff.

safety1

Staying behind cars waiting at intersections will allow them to stay out of our group. It’s not Boston Bikes & Cars Party, we want our group to be exclusive to us awesome bike riders.

safety2

Do not filter through the cars.  This is a dangerous move in a group.  Sure you might be able to cut in front of the car(s) but the 80 people behind you might not be able to.  This runs the risk of having someone stuck next to a car in their blind spot when the light changes, and even more so splits up your wave of riders with cars in the middle!  Just stick behind the traffic and stay together.

safety3

Even if you come up next to one vehicle on a multi-lane street, it’s best to stay behind the front of that car.  You don’t know when they may accelerate or want to make a turn.

safety4

Don’t crowd around cars, blocking them in.  Let the car have the ability to pull out in front of your group and not be trapped in the middle of the party.

safety5

Ride ONLY in lanes of traffic going your direction.  If there is traffic going both directions, especially on streets with only 1 lane each way, it is EXTREMELY important to stay in OUR lane.  Riding against traffic is one of the most dangerous things you can do.  It may look like no car is coming at the moment, but someone could turn into that lane at any moment without seeing you.  Just don’t do it, let’s stay in our own lanes and stay safe!

safety6

Stay off the sidewalks.  They are for pedestrians, little old ladies, and kiddos playing hopscotch.  There is no need for us to risk barreling over any of them.   Even if the sidewalk looks nice and wide, we have enough numbers where it’s safe to be in the street, let’s leave the sidewalks for others.

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