Providence Bike Jam (PBJ), Zombie Ride


It seems that every time we do a night group ride, it’s the best one ever.  Which translates to really mean that it’s the best since the last one.  Providence Bike Jam outdid themselves when they colluded with Dash Bike in Providence.   Dash is located a bit less than a mile from the PBJ start at Burnside Park smack in the heart of downtown Providence.

Two dance stops were included in this clear, mild, Friday night casual ride, and the evening culminated at Trinity Brewhouse. The traffic, probably because of our numbers and the three synchronized boom boxes, was very receptive to us.  Lots of cameras came out from both pedestrians and drivers.  We had people on bikes that acted as crossing guards. They did a superb job keeping us all safe by blocking cross traffic and the intersections.  Oncoming cars stopped to let the sixty or so riders pass on the narrow streets we traversed.

For years this was the Critical Mass ride, usually drawing 15-18 riders.  Once the name changed, the popularity soared.  One ride that included the Mayor of Providence, drew over 200 cyclists.  PVD has become the group ride to experience.  All skill levels, ages and bike types are welcome to join this casual ride the last Friday of every month.

Below are the video and photo movies. Enjoy

2019 PBJ Zombie Bike Ride from John Sullivan on Vimeo.

2019 PBJ Zombie Bike Ride Photos from John Sullivan on Vimeo.



Two…Two… Two Rides In One

Two groups are organizing events in Providence R.I. Friday.

Dash Bike Shop 228 Broadway, Providence, Rhode Island 02903, is hosting a zombie bike ride and will meet up with Providence Bike Jam riders at Burnside Park.

zombie bike ride

The Details

Join us on Friday 10/25 for a Halloween party and group ride. 4:30-10:30 PM

Come in costume, or stop by early to have Issac give you a zombie face-paint makeover. Have some treats and non-alcoholic cider at the shop, take some snapshots in our Halloween photo booth, and we’ll roll out from Broadway around 6:30pm to join the Pvd Bike Jam crew in Burnside Park, downtown.

The Zombie Bike Party rolls out from Burnside Park at 7pm. We’ll cruise around town, stopping at the Gano Street park and the new pedestrian bridge, before ending the ride at Trinity Brewhouse to share some grog with all our best ghouls.


Rhode Island Bicycle Coalition (RIBike) will be at Burnside Park passing out lights as part of their annual Light Up the Night initiative.

*this event is free

Schedule · Friday, October 25, 2019

4:30 PM – 6:15 PM
Face-Painting by Issac at Dash
4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Light Snacks and Drinks at Dash
6:30 PM
Ride from Dash to Burnside Park
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Halloween / Zombie Bike Ride
9:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Zombie Ride After party at Trinity Brewhouse


Halloweels Neon Blood Bike Ride


Crazy looking bikes, costumes, music, dance, food and more presented themselves to the Hallowheels Neon Blood bike ride with the New Bedford Star Chasers. Sixteen riders dressed the part for this Halloween themed bike ride.  Later we all gathered with the artists of Gallery X for food, drink, music and socializing.

2019 Hallowheels Neon Blood Bike Video from John Sullivan on Vimeo.



CLICK HERE for all the photos.  Feel free to download and use.  Click the arrow in the lower left of the Flickr page.


2019 Hallowheels Neon Blood Photos from John Sullivan on Vimeo.


After The Wind

Last night, around 1:30 AM I was jarred awake by the wind.  I got up, hit the light switch and nothing happened. I could hear the howling and that noise fully leafed trees make when they are under stress from heavy wind.  I must have been a sight, standing in front of my living room bay window, under an almost full moon, when the utility truck drove by.  Two hours later, we got our power back.

The news outlets were reporting on the wind velocity in the surrounding towns.  My town, Fairhaven, MA. got the blue ribbon with gust of 89 MPH.  The wind did clear the trees of dead branches of all sizes by dumping them in my back yard.  I have no trees in the front yard but the wind out of the west cleared my neighbor’s yards to the east of me, and blew all their leaves into my yard.  I’m thinking two days to clear everything.  The wind is projected to continue into Saturday and diminish by the afternoon.  And that my friends brings me to the point of this post. Taking the long way home, as us bike riders tend to prefer, to get to the point.


Starchasers declasified route

Back In The Saddle

Sao Miguel Acores, Portugal

I have been traveling, seems like forever. Colorado, Portugal, Atlanta and I did have one more trip planned for Thursday, flying to Florida, but that got canceled.   So without further procrastination, I’m finally back on the bike.  Probably tomorrow.  Next Saturday October 19, should be a hoot with the first of three Halloween themed rides.  (I’ll post about them Monday.) The fun begins with a full moon ride, but I have two to from which to choose.  Both in Rhode Island and I’m strongly leaning to Newport, just for a change from the usual full moon ride with  The Fall River Bike gang, who normally ride on the Friday closest to the Full Moon. A three day nor’easter kind of put the kibosh on that, forcing a date change.

Fall River Bike Committee Full Moon Ride

Due to the inclement weather, Friday night’s bike ride has been rescheduled – here is the information:

Moonlight Bike Ride –

The full moon actually is on Sunday the 13th. Sunset is at 6:07PM. Moonrise will be 20 minutes later at 6:27PM.

The Details: Date: Sunday 10/13/19. — Location: EBBP off Rt 103 near Del’s Lemonade. Time: Arrive: 5:30PM
Departure: 5:45PM promptly Sunset: 6:07PM Moonrise: 6:27PM
Name: Full Hunter’s Moon Distance is flexible.

Rain cancels the ride. We will ride toward Providence till we decide to turn around. Turn around point will probably be India Point Park unless we decide to turn around sooner (or later). That’s around 22 or 23 miles round trip.

Bikes should have adequate lighting. If you have a second headlight as a backup that might come in handy if the first one goes out. Bring water, snacks, cameras and anything else you might want or need. Helmets if you want. but it’s a bike path fercryinoutloud. Take note that it is cooler after sunset and dress accordingly.


September 24, 2019

on Sunday October 13th, 5:30pm
sponsored by AARP-Rhode Island

We’ll ride 14 miles on Newport’s scenic roads and coastline by the light of the moon – from downtown Newport to Fort Adams, around the beautiful Ocean Loop and along the mansions of Bellevue Avenue before returning to Parlor Bar & Kitchen for refreshments and camaraderie hosted by our friends at AARP-Rhode Island.

This is a leisurely ride but you must be comfortable riding 14 miles on a road shared with other vehicles. Please bring a bicycle, helmet, head light and water bottle. Yes, all are required! As is advance registration – so head straight to the signup form here.

Spread the word and bring your friends!

Register for this FREE ride here.