Fish Out of Water

Musings and observations about life from an East Coast native now living on the Left Coast in the California State Capitol since 2004. This fish has made her home in Madison, WI (7 years); Portland, OR (2 years); Las Vegas, NV (7 months); Middlebury, VT (3 summers); Marne-la-Vallee, a small town east of Paris, France (6 months); Middletown, CT (3 years); and Marshfield, MA, the fish's coastal hometown 40 miles south of Boston (17 years).

Location: Sacramento, California, United States


Day 66: A Peloton of Bicycle Commuters?

In a road race, a group of cyclists is called a peloton, but does that same term apply to an informal group of bicycle commuters? Or is there another word for that sort of group? A bunch. A pack. A cluster. Blah. All of those options are rather boring and lackadaisical. Given the growing emphasis on and facilitation of urban cyclists, there should be some more inventive and catchy terminology for bike commuters.

As I headed out of the parking garage on my bike this evening to ride home from work, I encountered 3 other cyclists already waiting at the traffic light at 13th & J, and another cyclist then glided up behind me. We all pedaled together, in various clumps and combinations, for the next 5 blocks and gradually shed folks along the way as our paths diverged. I left the final 2 gentleman at 13th & Q when I turned right towards home and they continued straight to go farther south.

A bundle of bikers? A cyclone of cyclists? A rustle of riders? There's got to be some wonderful word to describe this phenomenon, but I certainly can't think of anything at the moment.


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