Friday, January 01, 2010

bikes on parade

The HPVOoO gang once again took part in the annual Help Santa Toy Parade here in Ottawa. This year things were a bit different, as the event was moved from Bank St. (due to concerns it might not be ready after a long season of construction), and it was also moved to the evening hours.

What was cool about this is that now everything could be lit up in festive fashion, and many of our bikes were festooned with LED xmas lights powered by inverters and small 12V batteries. We also had a quite a few kids from Richard's neighbourhood arrive on the various machines in his fleet, and they had a lot of fun.

The new route went from the War Museum to City Hall, via Wellington St. past Parliament Hill, the Elgin St. to Laurier. The turnout was amazing!

We had, of course, the main float vehicle (the tandem trike with trailer) towing a load of kids plus tree plus Frosty:And I was riding the Rainbow Chopper:And we had recumbents:And we had tallbikes: And we had pedal-electric pedi-cabs:
(All photos by Richard)

Many more photos at Richard's parade page.

And we also have video footage! Check out Lane's YouTube page.

And special mention for Charles Richer's amazing Gumby LED man!

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