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Santa & Mrs Claus ready to quit ArtRides?

August 6, 2011

In response to my recent blog post over on Bikergo Gal that Santa and Mrs Claus were ready to call it quits in organizing Ventura’s ArtRides, one reader responded:

There are people in this city who would miss your rides. People you don’t know about. People who sit in windows and smile for the first time all month as you ride by. People who look forward to seeing you ride by and the chance to smaile. People you talk to and don’t remember.People who CAN no longer ride themselves and whom YOU remind of happy days as children, riding their bikes to the neighborhood pool in summer, riding their bikes around the neighborhood on Halloween. You remind these people what it feels ike to have wind on their face and in their hair…what if there are only 10 or 20 riders? What if there ARE 10 or 15 people to whom your rides of 10 or 20 bring joy…remember WHY you started riding in the first place?? Was it to gain respect or popularity or to prove you could lead? I don’t think so…

Please don’t give up on us as you feel the others have given up on you! There are those of us watching from the shadows and behind windows and from balconies and in cars and as we walk our dogs who appreciate you!

A couple other people have chimed in and Zanna has volunteered to make next month’s “Back to School” flyer, so it looks like the rides will go on a bit longer. But it is up to YOU to make them happen! Santa helped us get these rides going for a number of reasons, but I’ll tell you it is really hard to put all the energy into making them happen, getting dressed, getting there, herding the ArtRiders, etc–and not have very many people show up to participate.

It’s a lot more fun to be in bicycle parade when there are more people, not just you dressed like a fool. So if you want them to continue, show up!

Santa & Mrs Claus ready to call it quits Thanks to everyone who came out last night as Freewheelin Farmers (and one “chick”) on the ArtRide. Matt made an awesome tractor-bike. Thanks to Karen Socher for making the Fair Parade ride her family’s first–and for being the only one to show up at all. Seriously folks, we know you have a great time when you show up and ride, but Santa & Mrs Claus are burned out and depressed at the low turnout at last night’s ride and the no shows for toda … Read More

via Bikergo Gal

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