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Posted by on April 17th, 2006 at 10:05 am

Bunny on a Bike ride

The third annual Bunny on a Bike ride was the most fun I’ve had on a bike all year. Imagine 150 people dressed like bunnies riding around the City, ringing bike bells, taking over lanes on bridges and stopping for live music and dance routines by the Bunny Cheer Squad.

Bunny on a Bike ride
Bunny on a Bike ride
Bunny on a Bike ride
Bunny on a Bike ride

[Pink leg-warmers not shown.]

Led by the the lead carrot (Carye Bye), the route took us through car-free byways and paths that gave splendid views of the city we don’t often see. We went between Pearl District condos, through parks, along the riverfront, and over bridges. But even without the views, there was plenty to see on the riders themselves.

Bunnies of all shapes and sizes showed up. I saw ears made out of everything from condoms to duct tape. The weather cooperated by just sprinkling a bit at the start but staying sunny and dry for most of the ride.

Ride organizers planned several stops along the way including a jam session in front of the Memorial Coliseum and a snack break on the Eastbank Esplanade (carrot cake muffins anyone?).

I took over 250 photos, cut that down to 141, then made a final selection of 61 that made the gallery. They tell a much better story than I can write…so go check out my Bunny on a Bike Photo Gallery.

Big thanks to Carye Bye and her fearless band of creative, bikey bunnies for putting this together!

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7 Comments
  • patrick April 17, 2006 at 10:21 am

    omigosh…Carye’s outfit reminds me of Tottie’s get-up in the closing scenes of Curse of the Were-Rabbit! Coincidence?

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  • Carye April 17, 2006 at 10:29 am

    Jonathan, what a wonderful write up. And the photos are amazing!

    Patrick – It’s true, that Tottie’s Carrot dress in the Wallace & Gromit movie was indeed my inspiration – and the visual look of 100s of bunnies on bikes ‘chasing’ a carrot made me laugh.

    Yay for everyone who came out, dressed up, and had fun.

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  • Jonathan Maus April 17, 2006 at 3:35 pm

    More photos of bunnies on bikes:
    From Ethan Jewett
    From Dat Nguyen

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  • josh m April 18, 2006 at 3:32 pm

    i saw one sad bunny walking down the street through the pearl… bunny ears on head… wheel in hand w/ tube sticking out…

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  • undees April 21, 2006 at 11:20 pm

    The sad bunny with the flat was me. But the sun came out, the Bike Gallery hopped to it and had my tube fixed by the time I had stripped down to my bunny bike togs, and I rejoined the group in time for carrots at the foot of the Hawthorne.

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  • […] I noticed some old favorites in action like the Clownhouse’s Spin Bike, which Dingo said is sadly, “on its last wheels”. This bike is an engineering feat and one of the most fun things I’ve ever pedaled. Another old fave is Bethany’s grass bike. I first saw this scintillating creation at the Bunny on a Bike Ride and it was good to see it (and Bethany!) again. It’s always a pleasure to see Sara Stout and her truck bike. Sara had the pleasure of toting around a guitar-strumming Timo as he sang a new tune called, “Carefree and carfree.” Following Sara were the other 2/3 of the Trash Mountain Boys, Wes and Ben. They got a ride on Tom’s super long cargo bike which I first saw carrying an antique stove at Debbie’s Bike Move. […]

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  • […] Carye Bye (of Bunny on a Bike and Red Bat Press fame) didn’t become a full-fledged bike commuter until she got some one-on-one mentoring from a friend. The individual encouragement was just the nudge she needed to become a full-time cyclist. […]

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