It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that the Denver Cruiser Ride is a fun way to blow off steam and celebrate Hump Day, but it also isn't an excuse for being an insufferable ass either. Think of the Denver Cruiser Ride as a CRITICAL MANNERS RIDE... not a street brawl for drunken idiots to harrass motorists, vandalize and otherwise wreak havoc on the streets of Denver. Cut it the f*ck out. Is this really what you want to be known as?
Since 2005, each May until the end of September, we have been hosting riding bikes in the summertime. What started as a group of friends getting together to ride bikes and take in the city by bike, it has since turned into the largest "social ride" of its kind in the US. With this growth, we've had to take extraordinary measures to keep it going. From negotiating with the city and its numerous agencies, as well as getting expensive and time consuming park permits each week so that we may continue the tradition of the Circle of Death. Additionally we have worked diligently to try to educate participants what it means to "Respect the Ride."
With all this in place, this is where the rubber meets the road: It's up to you, the individual to take responsibility for your actions and work to influence your peers if you want this weekly fun to continue. We cannot, and will not be your mommy. It's a miracle that this has even happened in Denver - and we've spent untold resources (both time and money) to make sure that this weekly (and free) bike party continues to prosper. And it requires your attention.
Respecting the Ride means more than just following our easy to understand code. It also means stepping up and taking responsibility for yourself and those that join you each Wednesday. Littering, fighting and being obnoxious on the road is unacceptable behavior, not just to us, but to those that are watching. This doesn't mean that this can't be a fun party every week, however, what it does mean is that each rider MUST take it upon themselves to stop bad behavior in its tracks, and do whatever necessary to make the DCR a "good" example to the community atlarge. It is impossible to be everywhere all at once, and a group of committed folks have created the Chain Guard in order to create some semblance of order, and to be a reasource to riders each week.
If you "love" this weekly happening, then it is up to you to step up and do the right thing.
Denver Cruiser Ride Pledge
(It's a simple thing, and if you abide by this message, we'll all be fine: I pledge allegiance to the Denver Cruiser Ride and the fun for which it stands. While riding my bicycle, i will adhere to the rules of the road and respect other users of the roadways - with lights, bells, and costumes for all.
The bottomline is that the Denver Police Department doesn't want to deal with your BS. So if you can follow our code, the the police can go about their business of busting real criminals and not dealing with petty BS. Make yourself the example, not the ass.