Posted by Michael Andersen (News Editor) on July 17th, 2013 at 10:52 am
Open Bike Night in January.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)
Zed Bailey doesn’t know if anyone will show up to Velo Cult tonight to talk about the future of bike fun in Portland. He doesn’t know because he didn’t put the event on Facebook.
Instead, tapping the low-tech xerocracy that drove bike-fun events in Portland ten years ago, he photocopied a bunch of neatly designed flyers for “Shift 3rd Wednesdays” from July through December and handed them out at PedalPalooza rides.
It was an invitation for more people who like bikes to get involved with Shift, the loose team of volunteer bike lovers responsible for Portland’s monthly Midnight Mystery Ride, for Breakfast on the Bridges, for PedalPalooza and, in many ways, for putting Portland’s bike scene on the map. It’s a ten-year-old organization in need, many of its organizers say, of a burst of new energy and direction — a burst of energy that Bailey says he’ll be working to create as its new facilitator, starting tonight.
The Shift business meeting at Velo Cult is 7 to 8 p.m.; after that there’s a social hour until 10 p.m. Everyone’s invited.
I met Bailey, 31, at Velo Cult yesterday to talk about his vision for Shift, his funnest bike ride ever, why Facebook might be useful but can never be cool, and of course to sit for some shots in Velo Cult’s free photo booth.