Each Friday evening, when the climate permits, dozens of individuals on electrical skateboards, “yukes” (electrical unicycles), scooters, and e-bikes take to the streets for a four-hour tour of Portland. With their electrical automobile of alternative decked out in LED lights, these riders placed on a present for onlookers and unfold the e-riding gospel.
This occasion, known as the Friday Night time Experience, obtained its due within the The Oregonian/Oregon Stay final week with a narrative and video by Samantha Swindler that captures how passionate its members are. In line with the story, the Friday Night time Experience began out as a gathering for Onewheels (one-wheeled, electric-assist skateboards) 4 years in the past. However over time, it morphed into one thing extra.
On the coronary heart of the Friday Night time Experience is Robert David Cyders, identified within the Onewheel group as “Uno Wheeler,” who was one of many first occasion organizers and its greatest champion. Cyders fell in love with the Onewheel whereas working at The eBike Retailer in north Portland (which has a protracted historical past with high-tech unicycles), his associates and fellow e-riders interviewed within the article say he introduced a way of group to the Friday Night time Experience that turned it into an virtually spiritual expertise.
Cyders died virtually two years in the past after affected by a coronary heart situation for a number of years, and although members and organizers say it’s not the identical with out him, the Friday Night time Experience lives on.
Taylor Griggs is a contract reporter primarily based in Portland. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org