There were too many bicyclists at Rush Park to count for the magical night-time ride. Well over 250 and couldn’t fit all the people and decorated bikes in one picture frame. Under a full moon (how ironic and wonderful), the holiday spirit was alive and thriving, and this Rossmoor Christmas Lights Bicycle Tour is turning into a Parade. There were so many families on their decorated bikes in lights riding by, playing Christmas carols and being cheered on by spectators along the sidewalks. What a great way to spend a Saturday evening – riding or watching!
Upon seeing one biker after another with their wheels, spokes, frames and baskets all decked out in colored lights, my first thought was, “oh, I hope they have enough hot chocolate for everyone back at Rush Park.” During last year’s tour, someone shouted, “Let’s get over 200 people next year!” Blew that number away – thank you all participants and Rossmoor homeowners who decorated their lawns for the riders to enjoy along the way!
We’re onto something great and festive here – the Saturday evening right before Christmas – growing larger every year! Families of all ages and bicycles of all colors gathered for this third annual Christmas lights biking event, guided by the RHA Christmas Lights Hot Spots Map, identifying all the key decorated homes in Rossmoor.
The event Saturday night was even more organized and coordinated than before with special thanks to the local LightningVelo Cycling club. Nia Hartman (with her bubble machine) and her club members did a fantastic job preparing for the pre-decorating session and the hot chocolate gathering at Rush Park upon completion of the route. They also conducted safety checks for bikes on Friday and Saturday prior to the ride.
Also thanks to Lynnette O’Bryan for taking the group photos and merging them together! If you look closely, you’ll even see Santa in the background taking pictures.
If you weren’t able to join, you have 12 months to plan for next year’s parade on Saturday, December 21, 2019. It’s already on the RHA website’s calendar! If you have ideas to make it even better, and might want to volunteer, being part of a planning committee, please contact Chris Marshall at Rossmoorlights@gmail.com.
In the meantime, Merry Christmas and hope to have you in the bike parade, checking out Christmas lights with us next year!