And I made the call.
Coming out of Katy’s coffee shop this afternoon, I was nearly run down as I crossed the crosswalk, first by a bike slowly making its way up the hill and then by another bike rider speeding down the hill and yelling at me to “watch out”. I got in my vehicle and followed him down to 23rd and up 23rd to Cherry, where he ran a red light, stopping cross-traffic. Along the way I saw several other bikes headed in either direction — far more than normal on a Sunday. As I passed the Twilight exit on Cherry, I saw a group of a dozen or so bikers gathered in the alley. I continued on, following the original rider as he turned left on 27th. When he reached Union, he didn’t stop and cut off a car coming down the hill. When I caught up to him at 23rd, he told me he was racing and I could “f*** off”. I decided then to head home, turning left from Union on to 23rd. While I had the green arrow, another biker cut off the car in front of me as he turned from 23rd onto Union. As I drove up Cherry, I noticed the other bikers were gone from the alley next to the Twilight Exit. One guy was sitting on a stool next to a bike and the propped open door on the alley side of the Twilight Exit. I pulled up to him and asked him about the bar, whether it was open yet. He said “yeah”, and that he was “here for a bike race”.
As a former bike racer and a former bike messenger, I love the thrill of a fast ride as much as anyone. And as an occasional patron of the Twilight Exit at its old location, I had no grudge against the bar and wished it all the best in its new location. I even tried to organize a welcoming party at the bar on Saturday the 7th, but their opening was delayed until after that date. I’m not so sure I want to go there now. What I saw today was ridiculously dangerous. Is this what we can expect from our new neighbor, the Twilight Exit?