Organizers of the East Bay Bike Party, which met on Friday at Fruitvale BART station and then proceeded through Alameda, said the theme for this month was Mister Rogers of “Misters Rogers Neighborhood,” the children’s television series, and that, “As more and more people join us on our monthly ride, the less-than-stellar behavior of “the few” becomes more and more prominent to residents. As part of our “How We Ride” ethic, we always strive to minimize the impact of those folks because, like it or not, they bring a negative reputation to our ride, and we don’t want that.”
But amplified music from the ride could be heard from inside houses the next street over as the ride progressed west on Central Avenue after 8pm, and several people took to Alameda-focused Facebook groups to complain about the noise and behavior of the participants.
While several people defended the ride on the Facebook group “Alameda Peeps” and at least one person described East Bay Bike Party participants as inclusive and respectful, another wrote, “They weren’t very respectful to me when they almost ran me over crossing the street then yelling ‘f*** you’ to me and my dog. Per the bike party rules no one scolded the s***head people who did it. Rules mean nothing to me if fellow participants don’t do anything to stop people breaking them.”
Another Alameda resident wrote, “Yes they rode by about 10:15-10:30 beer in hand smoking weed and again at 10:45 it woke lots of people up and no cop drove by at all.”
Today, by e-mail, Lt. Jill Ottaviano, public information officer for the Alameda Police Department, told Action Alameda News, “there were many calls [about the ride] according to the Dispatch Supervisor, the number not known without reviewing every call which would take some time. I don’t believe there were any citations issued, but will confirm Monday. Apparently there was a group of about 500-600 people who were generally well behaved and cleaned up after themselves.”
The bike party runs the second Friday of each month and usually meets at 7:30pm at an East Bay BART station.
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