On Saturday, I joined Indy Cog for Pedal Indy, and had a great time as expected. One of my favorite aspects of this ride was the diversity of the bicycles people brought to the event. I have a comfort bike, complete with (completely unnecessary in Indianapolis) 21 speeds, but I didn’t feel out of place at all among the fixed gears, road bikes, mountain bikes, and various other types. Indy Cog has done a fine job of appealing to the broad assortment of cyclists out there, and instead of promoting themselves toward a particular style, they have focused on the more important battle: the one for improving cycling infrastructure in the city. With the head of Indy’s Bike and Pedestrian Infrastructure Andy Lutz along for the ride, the city is paying attention.
The event exceeded the organizer’s expectations: over 100 attendees were present. Discounted merchandise and free pizza and beer (with 5 dollar donation) is a sure-fire way to build a movement. I’m sure Indy Cog will post some pictures of the event soon, so be sure to keep checking there for more info.