(PHOTOS/VIDEO) Bike Rave 2014 paints Vancouver in electronic neon
Over 1,000 Vancouverites painted their city flashy neon and hot pink on Saturday, as Bike Rave 2014 wrapped around the seawall, from Science World through the entrance to Stanley Park, and back down to Gastown.
"That's right everyone, you're favourite annual glowtastic mobile dance party on wheels THE BIKE RAVE is back!" reads the two-wheeled party's website. "
VanCity Buzz reports there were "more than a thousand" revellers at the event, which started in Creekside Park near Science World. Riders jammed to a electronic mix, which was made available on Soundcloud and was blasted from mobile speakers along the route.
From Creekside Park, riders went to the Plaza of Nations, then under the Burrard Bridge, to Second Beach and Devonian Park (near the entrance to Stanley Park), and then to final stop at CRAB Park, behind Waterfront Station.
But with thousands of riders comes the trace of a thousand riders, even if the event's organizers urged participants to mind their surroundings.
"Last year, some people got hurt due to being, um, a tad bit careless," reads the event's 'Cover Our Ass' disclaimer page. "While we don't have any issues with people having a good time, do try to avoid getting so wasted that you smash into people and cause them to get hurt. If you're riding with someone super drunk, try to encourage them to ride at the back of the pack.
"Overall, take care of yourself, and take care of each other."
But the next morning, residents along the route told Global BC that they were up cleaning up garbage, and weren't happy about the debris left behind by the Bike Rave's riders.
"There was litter everywhere from empties, cigarette packs, six-pack rings to glow sticks on the ground – you name it," said Chris Matthew, who lives near the Burrard Bridge. "It's kind of disgusting. We live here and this is our backyard. Plus all this stuff ends up in the ocean. (They) should have some respect for our city."
Another resident told Global that there were between 600 and 700 people in his neighbourhood, drinking, smoking, and peeing in the bushes.
In the same article, Global quoted an organizer and participant only identified as 'Willis' who apologized for the mess.
"Nobody is about causing harm or discomfort to anybody," he said. "I feel like for the overall this was really good. We can see now a couple flowers got stepped on. By no means was there mass destruction and again there was nothing intentional."