Unsanctioned Fiesta Cruiser Run Draws Hundreds of Cyclists

Government no longer has the trust or respect of the people.  Just because a government entity threatens you with fines, arrest and even jail, for getting together with ours—but not rioting or looting—folks are no longer listening.  We all know of hair dressers, barbers and others still doing business.  “Private” bars and restaurants are all over the place.  Folks know that if you call your party or gathering a protest the Guv will love it.  So why should anybody listen to ignorant people, refusing to use data or science—but brute political force?

“Police estimated the ridership at 200; event organizer Rex Stephens — who has now participated in 30 Cruiser Runs — said he counted 500 riders at Goleta Beach. This year’s ride was significantly smaller than last year’s, however, which weighed in at 2,500 riders. 

Police maintained a low-key watchful presence throughout, neither escorting the riders nor issuing any citations this year. The ride precipitated only one call for service.”

Government threats and lawsuits did not stop Pastor Rob McCoy and 1,000 others from praying in the Ventura County Church.  Bikers has refused to obey government—will Newsom have all these people arrested?  But not arrest the rioter, terrorists and looters of the BLM Marxist movement.

Unsanctioned Fiesta Cruiser Run Draws Hundreds of Cyclists

Santa Barbara County Public Health’s Pleas to Not Participate in Annual Bike Ride Fall on Deaf Ears

By Nick Welsh, Independent,  8/10/20   

Despite last-second efforts by county public health officials to cancel this year’s annual Fiesta Cruiser Run in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, several hundred bike riders still made the bipedal celebratory trek on August 9 from the base of Stearns Wharf to Goleta Beach and Isla Vista. This was the 40th year the Sunday ride has taken place as a gonzo-spirited, unsanctioned punctuation mark to Santa Barbara’s more established Fiesta revelry. 

Police estimated the ridership at 200; event organizer Rex Stephens — who has now participated in 30 Cruiser Runs — said he counted 500 riders at Goleta Beach. This year’s ride was significantly smaller than last year’s, however, which weighed in at 2,500 riders. 

Police maintained a low-key watchful presence throughout, neither escorting the riders nor issuing any citations this year. The ride precipitated only one call for service. 

Stephens said he devised an alternate route in lieu of the traditional one up State Street, taken in years prior, to avoid potential conflicts at the 500 block of State Street. That block is now blocked off to all bikes and skateboarders because of complaints leveled against some riders who’ve used it to launch extended wheelies. Stephens expressed pride that none of the riders went up State Street; had it gone otherwise, he worried, the entire State Street promenade might have been shut down to all cyclists. 

Stephens said he unsuccessfully sought to enlist help from public authorities to shut down the event. He stated that social-distancing guidelines were not always observed by those on the ride — especially during breaks at Goleta Beach — where he estimated only half the participants wore masks. Some of the more aggressive and flamboyant wheelie-poppers, he acknowledged, rode into oncoming traffic on Chapala Street, though without incident. 

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Comments

  1. From a bike rider for more then 40 years in Santa Barbara Stephens is is an ass. He is part of the bike coalition who have misrepresented bike numbers for years. He has condoned and promoted dangerous and illegal bike activity.

    When his “group” blocked intersections, interfered with emergency response, threatened car drivers who were on the road before they showed up his excuse was he could not control them. Did he state it has to stop? Are they the same rider group that has created “rave” rides to intentionally stop traffic and congest traffic.

    Yep he sure is.

    Understand no longer is this about having a fun simple thumbing ride. This has become for over a decade a clear and dangerous move to shut down anyone who would use autos.

    How can I be so sure? Simple part of my ride goes to where they assemble. part of my ride is on the same route. The open talk has been and contuses to be nasty and is intentional.

    Now about the author of this article? Nicky has been and never deviated from a consistent bending of truth to meet a very far Left Political view. To quote Nicky….”We are an Opinion Journal and do not have to adhere to truth.”

    • William Hicks says

      Cyclists need to “SHARE” THE COST OF THEIR EXCLUSIVE BIKE LANES and begin to repay the tax dollars that come from the gas tax.

  2. William Hicks says

    COME ON MAN!

    All the cyclists have to do is ride with BLM banners on and they’ll get a pass.

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