The Grand Commute was a collaboration between me and my husband, Michael Parich. We organized a bunch of friends to cheer for bike commuters on a recent afternoon. Our group assembled on SE Ankeny Street between 31st and 32nd in Portland, Oregon because Ankeny is a well-trafficked designated bike street with a little (but somewhat exhausting) hill ending on that block.
The day we shouted, waved signs, and noise-makered turned out to be the hottest of the year so far. Many of our cheerers didn’t join us because of the weather, but the commuters appreciated the encouragement even more in the heat.
We celebrated the people in our area who make the effort to commute by bike every day, rain (usually) or shine. Between 5:00 and 6:00 p.m., we rallied for at least 50 cyclists. They waved back, high-fived, shouted thanks, grinned, and some turned around to join us in the festivities.
Thanks to portlandfixed.com for showing up.
Gosh! What a brilliant idea! I guess everybody could do with encouragement like this from time to time.
People really loved it. Some turned around at the top of the hill so they could come back and cheer with us. I think I’d be equal parts sheepish and super excited about it.