After some opening remarks, we headed north through the park, and onto some quiet side streets. We then took over Dundas Street West for a block. Large crowds like this have the potential to overwhelm other commuters. So often, I’ve been bullied off the road by drivers, or felt unwelcome cycling across parklands. Even groups of inattentive (or even mean-spirited) cyclists can be intimidating. Not so, tonight. Yes, having hundreds of bicycles appear around a corner would be imposing, but having many of these cyclists smile and wave to the drivers for their patience, gestures of friendship and gratitude, was touching. I was proud to be part of this display of community.
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