Happy Hallo-wheels!

By some stroke of divine luck, I was in New Orleans for Halloween during my cross-country ride in 2011. I was being hosted by sassy, delightful, super-human activists who enjoyed riding bicycles. They invited me to join them on a costumed Critical Mass bike ride through downtown.  How could I say no?

 Rosie the Riveter hangin' with an undead Steve Jobs

Rosie the Riveter hangin' with an undead Steve Jobs

Critical Mass is an informally-organized group bike ride, usually occurring on the last Friday of the month. It's a tradition that began in big cities in the early 90s to bring awareness to bicyclists on the roadways.  The idea is to have a large group of people ride bicycles through town and "reclaim the streets" for cycling.  It's a social movement, and it's also good fun.

 Notice the police car in the lower right corner.  He honked and waved :)

Notice the police car in the lower right corner.  He honked and waved :)

New Orleans is the city of costumes. I knew that Mardi Gras was a big deal, but I didn't realize that Halloween would be like a mini-Mardi Gras, and that the residents of New Orleans were stoked for any reason to whip out their most creative outfits.

 A golden zombie on a golden bike... it's worth the blurry photo!

A golden zombie on a golden bike... it's worth the blurry photo!

Enjoy the photos!  I wish everyone a safe and Happy Halloween!

 The old "sawing-the-woman-in-half" trick... gone wrong. This was actually a fellow touring cyclist and his girlfriend: He'd ridden to New Orleans from the East Coast and his girlfriend had flown down to join him, bringing these homemade costumes with her.

The old "sawing-the-woman-in-half" trick... gone wrong. This was actually a fellow touring cyclist and his girlfriend: He'd ridden to New Orleans from the East Coast and his girlfriend had flown down to join him, bringing these homemade costumes with her.

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