Sunday, April 11, 2010

Scottsdale Cycle The Arts Ride 2010: Cheating Death, Cruising Art


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My daughter and I geared up and rode the Scottsdale Cycle the Arts ride this morning, an event which was part of the Valley Bike Month. We had a great ride, no injuries or death, and were both tired since we followed the John Romeo Alpha ride-to-the-ride rule.

Art Riders Gather, Sign Waivers, Receive Free Patch Kits and T-shirts

The second stop on the ride is a favorite of mine, "Horseshoe Falls" by Michael Malich (1999). Seeing a group of cyclists gathered around it warmed by heart. I tingled with anticipation as she pressed the button. Yes, there was still steam.

  Steaming, with Cyclists

From here, we cycled over to the Scottsdale Waterfront, to looks at "Passing the Legacy", and also at the Soleri Bridge project. I hadn't seen the sort of trompe-l'œil vision of what the bridge will look like when completed. I almost lined it up correctly, below. Close enough for blog.

  I Can See the Future

 Riders on the Bridge (the real one, not the one being built)

 One of Several Bents on the Ride

There were riders and bikes of all types, shapes, and sizes. I think there were fewer bikes with fenders (like mine) than either folders or recumbents. I did see a foldie with fenders. My love affair at a distance with Bike Fridays continues unabated.

   We Are Destined for One Another, My Folding Heart-throb

 The Double-helix of Bike DNA

The last stop on the shorter route included this gravel bike parking area that has a double-helix meant to represent DNA, since one of the functions contained within the building is Police Forensics. There were also some benches with fingerprints molded on the sides. They sounded cool, but to my mind could have used with some black inky coloring applied to the prints. What do you think?

 Needs Ink

At the end of the ride, back at the Civic Center and Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, T.B.A.G. was doing an awesome job running the bicycle valet and spreading the Good Word.

 Holding Down the Fort

Waiting for Valet Service

 We finished up with some pics in front of the Robert Indiana LOVE sculpture. Bike Love to all. Get up. Go ride. 



  1. That looked like a cool ride!
    Wish there was something similar here.
    How's the contemporary museum?

  2. SMOCA (the museum) has good exhibits, and a great location next to the library and civic center, which has restaurants, coffee, and grass to lounge around on--and no cars.


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