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The Return of RIDE-Arc: Santa Monica Bicycle Tour this Friday

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Riders meet for a RIDE-Arc event in 2007 | Photo by Marshall Astor via Flickr


Riders meet for a RIDE-Arc event in 2007 | Photo by Marshall Astor via Flickr
In its hey-day, RIDE-Arc's monthly rides would take cyclists around the city, exploring architecture, environmental efforts and Hollywood history. Compared to other group bicycle rides like Midnight Ridazz and CRANK Mob, RIDE-Arc is the smart, mature and law-abiding sibling. Over the past couple years, its leadership has gone on hiatus, only offering a ride here and there. Good news, however, came today as they announced via e-mail a Santa Monica-focused ride for Friday evening:

How can we get from point A to point B? Is this really a "Bronze" level city? Where does this city end, anyway? Why is there so much traffic? What about pedestrians? Can people stop walking on the bike path?!?! Join RIDE-Arc for a 16 mile route through Santa Monica and vicinity as we discuss issues of transportation, access, and urban planning. This ride is being held in conjunction with Diane Meyer's exhibition of works "Without a Car in the World" at the 18th Street Gallery in Santa Monica.

The ride begins and ends at the 18th Street Gallery. Meet around 9 p.m., take-off at 9:30 p.m. More info about the ride's inclines and policing below:
A majority of this ride will be at a slight incline. Whether you are heading up or down this slight incline is something else entirely. A portion of this ride will include a short uphill section on a "narrow" street with low lighting conditions, please be prepared for this. For various reasons which we will not be getting into, riding as a group in the City of Santa Monica has at times been known to be under intense scrutiny from the Santa Monica Police Department. Please obey all traffic laws and have adequate lighting for your bicycle. As this ride is in conjunction with the 18th Street Gallery, you will be required to sign a liability release prior to the ride's start. Thank you for working with us to make this happen!