Bringing people together for Bike Fun
in Portland, Oregon
Ride Invention tips:
- Consider your ridership
Will the ride be for family-types or for the independently-natured? Give your riders some idea about the ride's behaviorial tone.
- Determine a start location
If it is not in the biker-hive of Portland's SE, then consider a place reachable none too far from a MAX transit station.
- Plan a safe route
Since most Shift rides are social rides, use a bike map to make for a safe, leisurely route. Otherwise, note this to be a hell-raiser ride!
- Be a leader (optional)
It's nice when one takes charge, has a voice, and lets everyone know what is going on before and during the ride. You can relax and be socialable at the destination end. Phew!
- Dress Code (also optional)
Shift rides offer the out-of-the-ordinary because they are about a celebration verses a race or challenge. Therefore, you can suggest to riders a dress theme with which to express their enjoyment of being oot an 'bout on a bicycle. Go ahead, this crowd loves to get theatrical!
- Food and beverage
Strangely, people bond better when filling their faces in close proximity to one another. Not recommended to eat during the ride, but suggest a potluck with a food store stop along the route.
- An appropriate time
To assure your ride receives maximum ridership, avoid conflicts with other rides. Please check our fabulous calendar.
- Get the word out
The best means of getting riders for your event is telling people about it in person. Having a handout really helps so people can remind themselves of your ride. Of course, let Shift know you have a ride event via our calendar submission.
- Estimated departure
Chill-out. Whatever your specified time, leave fifteen minutes after so to allow for those cyclists caught in traffic :o) some time to arrive. Again Shift rides are not a race, so punctuality can be forfeited. Besides you'll be socially kewl when giving folks the extra breather to meet and chat.
- A feeling of rejection
Sometimes people just don't show up to a ride. It happens. When it happens, be glad of the effort you made, and know your bicycle will ever always bring you happiness. It's true, we creative bikers are a fickle bunch, yet we are compassionate. So do let the Shift List know your feelings were hurt. Then pick up your spirits, and offer the ride again at another time.
- The details
For more indepth information on leading a ride, see this document.
- Happy Riding!